Child Welfare Research

Child Welfare Research : Advances for Practice and Policy

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During the last decade there have been major advances in research in child welfare, the largest specialty within social work. The focus of this research has been on improving current child welfare practices and programs that protect children from abuse and neglect. The major policy and program changes in the child welfare system have been guided by these research studies, spurred by federal and state emphasis on monitoring child welfare outcomes and identifying best practices. This landmark collection gathers those research developments- and how they have been translated into policies, programs, and practice- in a single volume for the first time. Duncan Lindsey, one of the nation's foremost child welfare scholars, and Aron Shlonsky have assembled a case of the giants in the field who analyze developments in adoption, foster care, risk assessment, CPS work, welfare reform, poverty, decision making, and epidemiological studies. The final section of the book details new approaches to programs designed to combat child maltreatment and child poverty. This volume, with its unparalled breadth, depth, and up-to-date content, will define the state of the field and serve as an invaluable reference for child welfare scholars and practitioners more

Product details

  • Hardback | 416 pages
  • 182.88 x 256.54 x 33.02mm | 907.18g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 20 line illustrations
  • 0195304969
  • 9780195304961

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"This is a welcome resource, providing evidence to inform a wide range of child welfare issues. The editors and authors are wise in defining child welfare as more than foster care and protective services, and in placing children in the context of family. The chapters focus not simply on problems, but also on healthy child development. Overall, this book can inform a more comprehensive vision of child welfare practice and policy, which is long overdue."--Michael Sherraden, Youngdahl Professor of Social Development and Director, Center for Social Developmetn, Washington University in St. Louis"Combining the latest knowledge in child welfare research with illustrations of its applicability in practice and policy, Lindsey and Shlonsky provide critical evaluations and reviews of evidence-based literature to guide the reader in exploring issues in child welfare service provision. The text captures the complexity of the field and of current practice illustrating the many ways in which research and critical research reviews can aid policy and practice. The authors present an array of substantive material to prompt thoughtful and serious problem-solving discussions."--Susan J. Wells, Gamble-Skogmo Professor in Child Welfare and Youth Policy, University of Minnesota School of Social Work"Lindsey and Shlonsky have put together a survey of the field of child welfare-essays that promise to lead policymakers and practitioners toward reliable and innovative responses to challenging problems. An incredible collection."--Linda G. Mills, Professor of Social Work, Public Policy and Law, New York University"A treasure trove for serious scholars of child welfare. Lindsey and Shlonsky and their distinguished contributors highlight in exquisite detail the multi-faceted nature of child welfare research and its enormous potential to alter the face of existing policy and practices. A must read for those who seek an evidence-informed and more humane child welfare system."--James K. Whittaker, Charles O. Cressey Endowed Professor Emeritus, The University of Washington School of Social Work"This is a landmark contribution to the field of child welfarethe star-studded line-up of authors is united in its commitment to practice based upon the evidence. If anyone should doubt how far the field has come in recent years, let them read this."--James Barber, Provost, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australiashow more

About Duncan Lindsey

Duncan Lindsey is a Professor in the UCLA School of Public Affairs. The recipient of the 2003 ProHumanitate award, he also serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Children and Youth Services Review and is the author of The Welfare of Children, 2nd ed. (Oxford University Press, 2003). Aron Shlonsky is an associate professor on the University of Torontos Faculty of Social Work and is the director of the Bell Canada Child Welfare Research more

Table of contents

1. Epidemiology of Child Maltreatment ; 2. Informing Child Welfare: The Promise and Limits of Empirical Research ; 3. Providing More Effective, Ethical Services: The Philosophy and Process of Evidence-Based Practice ; 4. How Do We Know What Works?: The Quality of Published Reviews of Evidence-Based Practice ; 5. The Influence of an Adoption Experiment on Social Policy ; 6. New Permanency Strategies for Children in Foster Care ; 7. The Transition to Adulthood Among Youth "Aging Out" of Care: What Have We Learned? ; 8. Moving Restorative Justice Interventions into Domestic Violence Treatment ; 9. A Descriptive Study of Intimate Partner Violence and Child Maltreatment: Implications for Child Welfare Policy ; 10. Decision Making in Child Welfare: Constraints and Potentials ; 11. Lessons from Research on Decision-Making ; 12. Assessing Risk Throughout the Life of a Child Welfare Case ; 13. Improving Social Work Through the Use of Technology and Advanced Research Methods ; 14. The Future of Child Protection Revisited ; 15. The Implementation of Market-Based Child Welfare Innovations ; 16. Self-Evaluation: Using Data to Guide Policy and Practice in Public Child Welfare Agencies ; 17. Comparing Welfare and Child Welfare Populations: An Argument for Rethinking the Safety Net ; 18. Promoting Child Well-Being through Early Intervention: Findings from the Chicago Longitudinal Study ; 19. Heeding Horton: Transcending the Public Welfare Paradigm ; 20. Accounts at Birth: Creating a National System for Savings and Asset Building with Children's Savings Accounts ; 21. Beyond Child Welfare: International Perspectives on Child and Family Policies ; 22. The Effect of Children on the Income Status of Female-headed Households: An Intercountry Comparisonshow more