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NCJ Number: 98832 Find in a Library
Title: Issues in the Organization of Services for Child Abuse and Neglect (From Social Work Treatment With Abused and Neglected Children, P 374-387, 1985, 1985, Chris M Mouzakitis and Raju Varghese, ed. - See NCJ-98826)
Author(s): D V Fandetti
Date Published: 1985
Page Count: 14
Sponsoring Agency: Charles C. Thomas
Springfield, IL 62704
Sale Source: Charles C. Thomas
2600 South First Street
Springfield, IL 62704
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Following a brief historical review of social services Following a brief historical review of social services for the protection and welfare of children, the policy and organizational framework of child welfare services are critically examined and recommendations are made for improved service delivery.
Abstract: Early services were organized on a largely voluntary, nonprofit basis. Today, child welfare services include foster and emergency care, protection for abused and neglected children, counseling, day care services, and services to parents. Local child welfare agencies are under the supervision of or are operated by State agencies. Core public and voluntary organizations relate to many other human services organizations. The overall pattern of services relating to abused and neglected children is extensive and there is no agreement on the boundaries of these services. Similarly, there is much overlap in local, State and Federal responsibilities with respect to such services. Recent reforms in practice and administrative procedures in child welfare services have been cognizant of the economic and psychological costs associated with policies that have encouraged foster placement of abused and neglected children. The Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act of 1980 sets the groundwork for new policies emphasizing prevention, improved services for families and children, and permanency planning. Such policies will require changes in the present uncoordinated, loosely structured, and open-market pattern of service delivery. The archaic and proliferating complex of subfields and specializations within social welfare services has resulted in waste, inefficiency, confusion, and fragmentation. New goals of family maintenance and prevention will require a restructuring and coordination of the current network of service delivery. This, in turn, will require an active and strong role of Government in policy, planning, funding, and coordination of comprehensive services. Included are 24 references.
Index Term(s): Child abuse; Child protection services; Child welfare; Childcare worker casework; Interagency cooperation; Intergovernmental relations; Juvenile case management; Policy analysis; Services; Social work
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