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The Tender Years: Toward Developmentally Sensitive Child Welfare Services for Very Young Children

Jill Duerr Berrick, Barbara Needell, Richard P. Barth, and Melissa Jonson-Reid


The first few years of life are a time of unparalleled physical, intellectual, and emotional development. But they can also be a time of neglect and abuse: this is the period when children are most likely to suffer mistreatment by their parents, and most likely to be placed in foster care. Today most children entering the child welfare system are very young, and, in most large states, infants are the largest group of children entering foster care each year. Social service systems are typically not designed for very young children, however, and therefore fail to serve their special needs. This ... More

Keywords: neglect, abuse, mistreatment, foster care, child welfare systems, developmental harm, child development theory, reunification, adoption, infants

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780195114539
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195114539.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jill Duerr Berrick, author
University of California, Berkeley

Barbara Needell, author
University of California, Berkeley

Richard P. Barth, author
University of California, Berkeley