Creating Positive Systems of Child and Family Welfare: Congruence with the Everyday Lives of Children and Parents

Edited by Gary Cameron, Marshall Fine, Sarah Maiter, Karen Frensch, and Nancy Freymond

© 2013

The North American approach to child protection is broadly accepted, despite frequent criticisms of its core limitations: parental fear and resistance, the limited range of services and supports available to families, escalating costs, and high stress and turnover among service providers. Could these shortcomings be improved through organizational or system reform?

Based on findings from a decade’s worth of research, Creating Positive Systems of Child and Family Welfare provides original reflections on the everyday realities of families and front-line service providers involved with the system. It includes data from a variety of regions and situations, all linked together through a common investigatory framework. The contributors highlight areas of concern in current approaches to child and family welfare, but also propose new solutions that would make the system more welcoming and helpful both for families and for service providers.

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Based on findings from a decade’s worth of research, Creating Positive Systems of Child and Family Welfare provides original reflections on the everyday realities of families and front-line service providers involved with the system.

Creating Positive Systems of Child and Family Welfare: Congruence with the Everyday Lives of Children and Parents

Edited by Gary Cameron, Marshall Fine, Sarah Maiter, Karen Frensch, and Nancy Freymond

© 2013

The North American approach to child protection is broadly accepted, despite frequent criticisms of its core limitations: parental fear and resistance, the limited range of services and supports available to families, escalating costs, and high stress and turnover among service providers. Could these shortcomings be improved through organizational or system reform?

Based on findings from a decade’s worth of research, Creating Positive Systems of Child and Family Welfare provides original reflections on the everyday realities of families and front-line service providers involved with the system. It includes data from a variety of regions and situations, all linked together through a common investigatory framework. The contributors highlight areas of concern in current approaches to child and family welfare, but also propose new solutions that would make the system more welcoming and helpful both for families and for service providers.

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.8in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    ‘This is an unusual book, to its great credit…. The book listens to and presents the voices of parents and caseworkers to make the child welfare system ‘more welcoming and helpful for both families and service providers.’


    David Tobis
    Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare vol 42:01:2015
  • Author Information

    Gary Cameron is a professor emeritus in the Faculty of Social Work at Wilfrid Laurier University.


    Marshall Fine is a professor in the Faculty of Social Work at Wilfrid Laurier University.


    Sarah Maiter is an associate professor in the School of Social Work in the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies at York University.


    Karen M. Frensch was the research project manager for the Partnerships for Children and Families Project in the Faculty of Social Work at Wilfrid Laurier University from 2000-2019.


    Nancy Freymond is an associate professor in the Faculty of Social Work at Wilfrid Laurier University.

  • Table of contents

    Introduction
    GARY CAMERON

    Chapter 1: Fathers and Child Welfare
    GARY CAMERON, NICK COADY, SANDY HOY

    Chapter 2: Mothers and Child Welfare
    GARY CAMERON, SANDY HOY

    Chapter 3: Reviewing Child Protection Experiences Of Mothers And of Fathers
    MARSHALL FINE

    Chapter 4: Mothers of Children in Placement
    NANCY FREYMOND

    Chapter 5: Invisible Lives: Parents Receiving Child Protective Services
    SARAH MAITER, SHEHENAZ MANJI, SALLY PALMER

    Chapter 6: The Characteristics of Good Helping Relationships in Child Welfare
    CATHERINE DE BOER, NICK COADY

    Chapter 7: Matched Comparisons of Parent And Service Provider Perceptions
    KAREN FRENSCH, GARY CAMERON

    Chapter 8: Families and Family & Child Services
    MARSHALL FINE, DEENA MANDELL

    Chapter 9: Helping Relationships in Accessible and Central Service Delivery Settings
    LIRONDEL HAZINEH, GARY CAMERON

    Chapter 10: A Workplace Study of Four Southern-Ontario Children’s Aid Societies
    DEENA MANDELL, CAROL STALKER, CHERYL HARVEY, PETER RINGROSE

    Chapter 11: Child Protection Jobs in Accessible And Central Service Delivery Settings
    GARY CAMERON

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