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Kids Raised by the Government

Kids Raised by the Government


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About the Book

The child welfare system is broken, and no one seems to know how to fix it. Except for the increasing number of scandals in the news, the public knows little about the system, which is hidden from public scrutiny, allegedly to protect children. Meanwhile, the number of children being propelled into the welfare system is increasing at an alarming rate, and more than 25 state child welfare systems are being sued in federal court for abusive and neglectful practices. A careful examination of the child welfare system is long overdue. This book explores the sources of the problems in the system, places those problems in their historical, legal, and policy perspectives, and explores the implications of policies for state and national levels.

The book opens with an overview of the child welfare system and the problems inherent in it. Schwartz and Fishman then analyze attempts to mend the system and review the Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act--the foundation for contemporary child welfare policy. The following chapters look at the practice of adoption, the potential movement between child welfare and delinquency, and the problems of residential care. The book concludes with the implications of child welfare policy for the state and national levels and recommends ways to reform the system.


About the Author:

IRA M. SCHWARTZ is Dean of Social Work at the University of Pennsylvania. He has written several articles and books on juvenile justice, including, most recently, Juvenile Detention: Out of the Closets (1994) and Home-based Services for Troubled Children (1995).

GIDEON FISHMAN, Professor of Sociology at the University of Haifa, is cofounder and codirector of the Minerva Center for Youth Policy at the University. He is the author of numerous articles on crime trends, sterotypes, violent behavior, and suicidal behavior and coauthor with Arye Rattner of Justice for All? Jews and Arabs in the Israeli Criminal Justice System (Greenwood, 1998).


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Product Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780275962647
  • Publisher: Praeger Publishers
  • Publisher Imprint: Praeger Publishers
  • Height: 244 mm
  • No of Pages: 152
  • Series Title: English
  • Weight: 399 gr
  • ISBN-10: 0275962644
  • Publisher Date: 30 Jan 1999
  • Binding: Hardback
  • Language: English
  • Returnable: Y
  • Spine Width: 19 mm
  • Width: 162 mm


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