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Child Welfare in the United States

SKU# 9780826126429

Challenges, Policy, and Practice

Author: Sylvia Mignon MSW, PhD

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Distinguished by its critical perspective, this book delivers a balanced and comprehensive examination of the child welfare system in the United States today. In a clear and accessible style, it outlines key issues, reviews the history of the child welfare system, and explores the challenges to developing appropriate federal, state, and local policies that address child welfare concerns. A chapter devoted to innovative and effective child welfare and prevention practices showcases examples of successful programs. Additionally, the book underscores the importance of coordination among human service professionals and organizations.

The text addresses issues related to the educational system, homelessness, poverty, the juvenile justice system, foster care, and adoption. It incorporates the perspectives of parents and children involved in the system, who cite both positive experiences and bureaucratic challenges. Child welfare workers themselves describe the professional and personal realities of their experiences working within the system. Illustrative case examples of abused and neglected children add to the text's value for undergraduate and graduate students studying child welfare.

Key Features:

  • Provides a comprehensive overview of child welfare issues in the United States today
  • Offers case examples of abused/neglected children and their families
  • Includes the perspectives of parents and children involved with the child welfare system
  • Incorporates the views of child welfare workers
  • Provides examples of innovative practices in child welfare
  • Free online resources for qualified adopters including PowerPoints, Learning Objectives, Chapter Summaries, Key Concepts, and Exam Questions

Product Details 

  • Publication Date November 08, 2016
  • Page Count 238
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826126429
  • EISBN 9780826126474

About The Author(s) 

Sylvia I. Mignon, PhD, MSW is Professor of Human Services, and Director of the MS in Human Services Program and the Forensic Services Graduate Certificate Program at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She has many years of experience in the human services field in settings such as hospitals, substance abuse treatment programs, and correctional facilities. Her research and publication specialty areas include family violence, child welfare, substance abuse, and criminal justice. She is the author of three previous books: Family Abuse: Consequences, Theories, and Responses (2002, Allyn and Bacon), Substance Use and Abuse: Exploring Alcohol and Drug Issues (2009, Lynne Rienner), and Substance Abuse Treatment: Options, Challenges, and Effectiveness (2015, Springer Publishing Company).

Table of Contents 




1. Overview of the American Child Welfare System

2. A Brief History of the Child Welfare System

3. Poverty and the Child Welfare System

4. The Educational System and Child Welfare

5. Health, Homelessness, and Child Welfare

6. The Juvenile Justice System and Child Welfare

7. Foster Care

8. Adoption

9. Parent and Child Perspectives on Child Welfare Services

10. Child Welfare Professionals

11. Innovations in the Child Welfare System

12. Prevention and Future Issues in Child Welfare