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March 2000Vol. 1, No. 1Genetics and Genetics Services: A Child Welfare Workers' Guide

Karen Eanet and Julia B. Rauch. Child Welfare League of America. 1999. $22.95.

Add genetics to the list of tough issues that child welfare workers and other child placement professionals must grapple with. Medical advances enable more children with genetic disorders to survive longer and they are an increasing population in the child welfare system. Advances in genetic tests for disorders that develop later in life have implications for adoption placements.

Genetics and Genetics Services: A Child Welfare Workers' Guide ( was written for professionals who are involved with families affected by genetic disorders. Part I discusses current genetic services and such practice issues as taking a family history and recording and transmitting information. Part II of the book focuses on psychosocial intervention with children and families affected by genetic disorders. The guide includes references and exercises.

To order, contact:
Child Welfare League of America
440 First Street, NW, Third Floor
Washington, DC 20001-2085
Tel.: 202-638-2952
Fax: 202-638-4004