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Child Welfare for the Twenty-first Century


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Preface Acknowledgments Introduction: An Overview of Children, Youth, and Family Services, Policies, and Programs in the United States, by Gerald P. Mallon and Peg McCartt Hess Historical Evolution of Child Welfare Services, by Brenda McGowan Part 1. Child and Adolescent Well-Being Family Support Services, by Susan P. Kemp, Tracey K. Burke, Kara Allen-Eckard, Melissa F. Becker, and Amy Ackroyd Meaningful Family Engagement, by Nicole Bossard, Angela Braxton, and Debra Conway Engaging Latino Families, by Hilda Rivera-Rodriguez Health Care for Children and Youth, by Jan McCarthy and Maria Woolverton Mental Health Care for Children and Youth, by Martha Morrison Dore Educational Issues for Children and Youth, by Kristin Kelly, Kathleen McNaught, and Janet Stotland LGBT Youth and Their Families, by Diane Elze Runaway and Homeless Youth, by Karen M. Staller Part 2. Child and Adolescent Safety Child Abuse and Neglect, by Neil B. Guterman, Kristin L. Berg, and Catherine A. Taylor Child Protective Services, by Diane DePanfilis and Theresa Costello Risk Assessment, by Aron Shlonsky and Eileen Gambrill Family Preservation, by Marianne Berry and Sara McLean Sexual Abuse Issues, by Kathleen Coulborn Faller Substance Abuse Issues, by Joseph P. Ryan and Hui Huang Domestic Violence Issues, by Judy Postmus Part 3. Permanency for Children and Adolescents Reunification, by Barbara A. Pine, Robin Spath, and Stephanie Gosteli Guardianship, by Mark Testa and Jennifer Miller Customary Adoption for American Indian and Alaskan Native Children, by Terry Cross Kinship Care, by Rebecca L. Hegar and Maria Scannapieco Adoption, by Gerald P. Mallon Birthmothers, by Leslie Doty Hollingsworth Adoption Disruption, by Trudy Festinger Unpacking Permanency for Youth: Overuse/Misuse of Another Planned Permanent Living Arrangement (APPLA) as a Permanency Goal, by Jennifer Renne and Gerald P. Mallon Youth Development and Transitional Living Services, by Mary Elizabeth Collins Family Foster Care, by Madelyn Freundlich Residential Services, by Lloyd Bullard, Katherine Gaughan, and Larry W. Owens Sibling Issues, by Rebecca L. Hegar Visits: Critical to the Well-Being and Permanency of Children and Youth in Care, by Peg McCartt Hess Postpermanency Services, by Madelyn Freundlich and Lois Wright Part 4. Systemic Issues in Children, Youth, and Family Services, Policies, and Programs The Child and Family Services Reviews, by Linda Mitchell, Miranda Lynch Thomas, and Bonita Parker Placement Stability, by Amy C. D'Andrade and Sigrid James Foster Parent Recruitment and Retention, by Eileen Mayers Pasztor and Myrna L. McNitt Legal and Judicial Engagement, by Marvin Ventrell Child Welfare Workforce Issues, by Sara Munson, Mary McCarthy, and Nancy Dickinson Child Welfare Supervision, by Cathryn C. Potter, Michele Hanna, and Charmaine Brittain Research and Evaluation, by Crystal Collins-Camargo Disproportionate Representation of Children and Youth, by Ruth G. McRoy Fatherhood, by Tanya M. Coakley Immigrant Children, Youth, and Families, by Ilze Earner, Rowena Fong, and Carol Smolenski Contributors Index

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Gerald P. Mallon is the Julia Lathrop Professor of Child Welfare and executive director of the National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections at the Silverman School of Social Work at Hunter College. He is the author or editor of twenty-two books, including Gay Men Choosing Parenthood; We Don't Exactly Get the Welcome Wagon: The Experiences of Gay and Lesbian Adolescents in Child Welfare Systems; and Let's Get This Straight: A Gay and Lesbian Affirming Approach to Child Welfare. Peg McCartt Hess has been a social work educator and child welfare practitioner, advocate, and researcher for more than forty years. She has served on the social work faculty of five universities and consults with states and agencies regarding a range of child welfare practice and policy issues. She is the author or editor of numerous books, including Nurturing the One, Supporting the Many: The Center for Family Life in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, with Brenda McGowan and Michael Botsko.


The child welfare system in the United States is a complex one-in and of itself and in its intricate association with a number of other systems that directly impact children and families. This text does an excellent job of covering child welfare system national policies, the family and social issues they give rise to, and their implications for services to involved children, adolescents, and families. -- Leslie Hollingsworth, University of Michigan Gerald P. Mallon and Peg McCartt Hess have put together a comprehensive handbook that contains crucial material for individuals and organizations seeking information on the most contemporary child welfare issues in the United States. It provides hands-on, practice-oriented material while staying connected to the most relevant, legislatively driven policy issues and the associated front-line realities faced by those intimately connected to the field of child welfare. -- Lorraine R. Tempel, Hunter College School of Social Work Mallon and Hess offer an extraordinarily comprehensive account of child welfare practice, policy, and programming in this updated version of their 2005 classic... Highly recommended. Choice

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