Child Welfare for the Twenty-first Century

A Handbook of Practices, Policies, and Programs, second edition

Edited by Gerald P. Mallon and Peg McCartt Hess

Columbia University Press

Child Welfare for the Twenty-first Century

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Pub Date: September 2014

ISBN: 9780231151801

776 Pages

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Child Welfare for the Twenty-first Century

A Handbook of Practices, Policies, and Programs, second edition

Edited by Gerald P. Mallon and Peg McCartt Hess

Columbia University Press

The Adoption and Safe Families Act (ASFA), which became law in 1997, elicited a major shift in federal policy and thinking toward child welfare, emphasizing children's safety, permanency, and well-being over preserving biological ties at all costs. The first edition of this volume mapped the field of child welfare after ASFA's passage, detailing the practices, policies, programs, and research affected by the legislation's new attitude toward care. This second edition highlights the continuously changing child welfare climate in the U.S., including content on the Fostering Connections Act of 2008.

The authors have updated the text throughout, drawing from real-world case examples and data obtained from the national Child and Family Services Reviews and emerging empirically based practices. They have also added chapters addressing child welfare workforce issues, supervision, and research and evaluation. The volume is divided into four sections—child and adolescent well-being, child and adolescent safety, permanency for children and adolescents, and systemic issues within services, policies, and programs. Recognized scholars, practitioners, and policy makers discuss meaningful engagement with families, particularly Latino families; health care for children and youth, including mental health care; effective practices with LGBT youth and their families; placement stability; foster parent recruitment and retention; and the challenges of working with immigrant children, youth, and families.
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
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-Rodríguez
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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About the Author

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.