Creating Positive Systems of Child and Family Welfare : Congruence with the Everyday Lives of Children and Parents
The North American approach to child protection is broadly accepted, despite frequent criticisms of its core limitations: parental fear and resistance, the limited range of services and supports available to families, escalating costs, and high stress and turnover among service providers. Could these shortcomings be improved through organizational or system reform? Based on findings from a decade's worth of research, Creating Positive Systems of Child and Family Welfare provides original reflections on the everyday realities of families and front-line service providers involved with the system. It includes data from a variety of regions and situations, all linked together through a common investigatory framework. The contributors highlight areas of concern in current approaches to child and family welfare, but also propose new solutions that would make the system more welcoming and helpful both for families and for service providers.
- Hardback | 352 pages
- 157.48 x 228.6 x 25.4mm | 680.39g
- 23 Dec 2013
- University of Toronto Press
- Toronto, Canada
- 2 figures
Table of contents
Introduction GARY CAMERON Chapter 1: Fathers and Child Welfare GARY CAMERON, NICK COADY, SANDY HOY Chapter 2: Mothers and Child Welfare GARY CAMERON, SANDY HOY Chapter 3: Reviewing Child Protection Experiences Of Mothers And of Fathers MARSHALL FINE Chapter 4: Mothers of Children in Placement NANCY FREYMOND Chapter 5: Invisible Lives: Parents Receiving Child Protective Services SARAH MAITER, SHEHENAZ MANJI, SALLY PALMER Chapter 6: The Characteristics of Good Helping Relationships in Child Welfare CATHERINE DE BOER, NICK COADY Chapter 7: Matched Comparisons of Parent And Service Provider Perceptions KAREN FRENSCH, GARY CAMERON Chapter 8: Families and Family & Child Services MARSHALL FINE, DEENA MANDELL Chapter 9: Helping Relationships in Accessible and Central Service Delivery Settings LIRONDEL HAZINEH, GARY CAMERON Chapter 10: A Workplace Study of Four Southern-Ontario Children's Aid Societies DEENA MANDELL, CAROL STALKER, CHERYL HARVEY, PETER RINGROSE Chapter 11: Child Protection Jobs in Accessible And Central Service Delivery Settings GARY CAMERON Questions and Suggestions Bibliography
'This is an unusual book, to its great credit... The book listens to and presents the voices of parents and caseworkers to make the child welfare system 'more welcoming and helpful for both families and service providers.' -- David Tobis Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare vol 42:01:2015
About Marshall Fine
Gary Cameron is Lyle S. Hallman Chair of Child and Family Welfare and a professor in the Faculty of Social Work at Wilfrid Laurier University. Marshall Fine is a professor in the Faculty of Social Work at Wilfrid Laurier University. Sarah Maiter is an associate professor in the School of Social Work in the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies at York University. Karen Frensch is Research Project Manager with Partnerships for Children and Families Project in the Faculty of Social Work at Wilfrid Laurier University. Nancy Freymond is an associate professor in the Faculty of Social Work at Wilfrid Laurier University.