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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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Take Me Home

Take Me Home

(p.108) Chapter 7 Take Me Home
Take Me Home

Jill Duerr Berrick

Oxford University Press

The field of child welfare is gradually abandoning its mission to protect children. First by its over-enthusiasm for prevention services, and second by relegating to the private family the important monitoring function of the public child welfare agency. This chapter reviews the evidence on the effects of foster care and examines the values associated with child protection. It chapter argues that government-supported child protection programs are necessary and beneficial to children and families, and that they require resources, research, and public support if they are to impact families as they should.

Keywords:   child welfare reform, outcomes, foster care, voluntary kinship care, protective care, maltreatment research, pro-family agenda, private family

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