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NCJ Number: 159736 Find in a Library
Title: Nobody's Children, Part II: A Child Welfare System in Chaos
Journal: Juvenile Justice  Volume:23  Issue:10  Dated:(May 18, 1995)  Pages:6-9
Editor(s): R J O'Connell
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 4
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article discusses the chaos in which many State child welfare systems find themselves, as the Federal Government seeks to shift more authority to the States for overseeing foster care.
Abstract: Agencies and the courts designed to provide a safety net for children whose parents cannot take care of them adequately or who abuse them are experiencing increased caseloads and decreased resources. These factors are causing them to be in disarray. A survey of child welfare systems found that 42 percent of 1,300 children who died of abuse and neglect in 1993 had come to the attention of State child welfare services before their deaths. Court cases drag on for years as agencies fail to find foster homes for children or investigate abuse reports. The article describes some of the long-term psychological effects that being a ward of the State can have on children.
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Child abuse situation remedies; Child welfare; Family reunification; Foster homes; Victims of Crime
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