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By Peter J. Pecora, James K. Whittaker, Anthony N. Maluccio, Richard P. Barth, Diane DePanfilis, Robert D. Plotnick

Within a ancient and modern context, this publication examines significant coverage perform and examine concerns as they together form baby welfare perform and its destiny. as well as describing the key difficulties dealing with the sphere, the publication highlights carrier recommendations which have been constructed in recent times. The ensuing photograph is encouraging, in particular if definite significant application reforms I are applied and corporations may be able to focus assets in a centred manner.

The quantity emphasizes households and kids whose basic recourse to companies has been via publicly funded baby welfare enterprises. The publication considers historic parts of service—foster care and adoptions, in-home family-centered companies, child-protective prone, and home services—where social paintings has a huge function. Authors tackle the various fields of perform during which baby and relations prone are supplied or that contain titanic numbers of social paintings courses, corresponding to companies to adolescent mom and dad, baby psychological well-being, schooling, and juvenile justice agencies.

This re-creation will proceed to function a fundamen­tal creation for brand new practitioners, in addition to precis of modern advancements for skilled practitioners.

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Innovative service delivery models. The use of more community-based and neighborhood-based programs, school-based services, wraparound services, youth employment programs, certain managed-care techniques, and a variety of community-based initiatives is broadening the mix of service options. 3 The Top Ten Child Welfare Challenges 1. Ensuring that child welfare services work collaboratively with community resources and allied agencies such mental health, employment, housing, public assistance, and education to strengthen families that without special supports would otherwise need child welfare services.

CWS is trying to achieve new levels of accountability with respect to service delivery process and outcomes. Administrators and practitioners are reexamining and then refining their intervention models to better achieve the short-term and intermediate results for which they should be held accountable. Federal and state child and family service reviews are capturing qualitative and quantitative indicators of service delivery and systemic outcomes. Funders such as the United Way, state and county governments are reinforcing this approach through a focus on achieving key results and performance-based 28 Child Welfare Challenge contracts, or performance bonuses (See, for example, Center for the Study of Social Policy, 1994; Friedman, 1997; Wulczyn, Zeidman, & Svirsky, 1997).

First preference is to be given the child’s extended family, then to foster homes licensed or approved by the tribe, then to other Indian foster homes or appropriate Indian institutions. Tribal governments may legislate their own preferences and state courts ordinarily must follow them. Standards for the selection of Indian homes are to be the prevailing social and cultural standards of the Indian community. Voluntary placements of Indian children for foster care or adoption must be well informed and are revocable in certain cases.

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