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NCJ Number: 148784 Find in a Library
Title: Vulnerable Children, Vulnerable Families: The Social Construction of Child Abuse
Author(s): S Janko
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 174
Sponsoring Agency: Teachers College Press
New York, NY 10027
Publication Number: ISBN 0-8077-3315-6
Sale Source: Teachers College Press
Teachers College
Columbia University
1234 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10027
United States of America
Type: Report (Technical Assistance)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This analysis of child abuse and the child welfare system concludes that major policy changes are needed to coordinate earlier and more diverse kinds of support for children and families who experience violence.
Abstract: Observations and interviews with parents and staff members and a detailed presentation of the cases of three parents form the basis of a discussion of how the interventions of the child welfare system, although well- intentioned, are often counterproductive and result in the child's removal to an institution or foster home. The discussion notes that parents and caseworkers are neither saints nor villains but are human beings living in a deteriorating society and caught in an inadequate and misguided governmental construct based on inadequate understanding of child maltreatment. The author is a former director of a therapeutic preschool program and a co- director of a parents' program sponsored by a State child protective services agency. Index and 87 references (Publisher summary modified)
Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
Index Term(s): Child abuse situation remedies; Child abuse treatment; Child welfare; Family support; Welfare services
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