Creating Positive Systems of Child and Family Welfare: Congruence with the Everyday Lives of Children and Parents
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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- Page Count: 352 pages
- Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.8in x 9.0in
‘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.’
Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare vol 42:01:2015
Author InformationGary 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
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
Chapter 4: Mothers of Children in Placement
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
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