The Tender Years

The Tender Years : Toward Developmentally Sensitive Child Welfare Services for Very Young Children

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The first few years of life are a time of unparalleled physical, intellectual, and emotional development. They can also be a time of neglect and abuse for this is the period when children are most likely to suffer mistreatment by their parents, and most likely to be placed in foster care. Today most children entering the child welfare system are very young and in most large states, infants are the largest group of children entering foster care each year. Social service systems are typically not designed for very young children, and as a result fail to serve their special needs. This shortcoming is significant because protecting very young children from physical harm is not enough; they must also be protected from developmental harm. This work offers an overview of child welfare systems. It examines child abuse reporting patterns and discusses placement in foster care, reunification, and adoption. It also looks at public child welfare practice, and features examples of the children and families served by this system.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 215 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 19.05mm | 476g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 31 line illustrations, index
  • 0195114523
  • 9780195114522

Table of contents

1 - Child development and child welfare; 2 - child abuse and neglect of very young children; 3 - from child maltreatment to placement; 4 - foster care, reunification, and adoption; 5 - group care; 6 - focus on infants; 7 - understanding children and families served by the child welfare systems; 8 - public child welfare practice; 9 - reconceptualizing the child welfare system for very young children; appendix: study methods; references.
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