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Take Me HomeProtecting America's Vulnerable Children and Families$
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Jill Duerr Berrick

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195322620

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195322620.001.0001

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Securing a Safe Home for Children: A New National Priority

Securing a Safe Home for Children: A New National Priority

(p.3) Chapter 1 Securing a Safe Home for Children: A New National Priority
Take Me Home

Jill Duerr Berrick

Oxford University Press

Child welfare in the United States is in a state of a crisis. The system is unable to solve intense family problems relating to drug addiction, domestic violence, and criminal behavior. The system removes children from their homes, only to see them languish in a state of impermanence without the promise of a stable family. The system promotes extended family relationships to such an extent that it ignores children’s health and well-being, and makes a mockery of the government’s role as an intermediary in vulnerable children’s lives. And the system separates children from maltreating parents, too often placing them with caregivers who are either unprepared and ill-supported for the work, or who do not even meet the minimum qualifications to provide adequate care. This chapter calls for a re-examination of child welfare’s central mission with a fresh emphasis on protecting children who have been harmed by their parents.

Keywords:   protecting children, central mission, drug addiction, domestic violence, criminal behavior, adequate care

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