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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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Prevention: Unrealized Potential, Unrecognized Faults

Prevention: Unrealized Potential, Unrecognized Faults

(p.12) Chapter 2 Prevention: Unrealized Potential, Unrecognized Faults
Take Me Home

Jill Duerr Berrick

Oxford University Press

While child maltreatment is a serious problem in the US and efforts to prevent maltreatment are laudable, current evidence on the effectiveness of child maltreatment prevention efforts is slim. A significant body of research shows the promise of family support programs designed to improve parent-child relationships and child well-being, but efforts to prevent maltreatment and placement into foster care have not shown reliable or consistent effects. This chapter calls for greater investments in family support programs, but cautions regarding significant commitment toward current maltreatment prevention approaches. Instead of expanding maltreatment prevention efforts, child welfare should re-dedicate itself to protecting the children harmed by their parents in order to improve their life opportunities.

Keywords:   prevention effects, family preservation, family support, maltreatment prevention, foster care, protecting children

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