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March 2000Vol. 1, No. 1The Foster Care Crisis, Translating Research into Policy and Practice

Edited by Patrick A. Curtis, Grade Dale Jr., and Joshua C. Kendall. University of Nebraska Press and the Child Welfare League of America. 1999. 258 pages. Hardcover $50, softcover $19.95.

Intended as a reference for both practitioners and policy makers, this new compilation of research delves into the chronic crisis of too many children living in out-of-home care for too long. The book aims to provide an overview of the foster care crisis, describe the special needs of children living in foster care, and identify policies and practices that address the foster care crisis. Specific topics addressed include welfare reform, reporting systems, family reunification, mental health services and the needs of minority children. The book also offers a vision of what foster care might look like in the 21st century. Authors review current research, suggest how to focus and improve future research, and consider the implications and applications of research to practice.

The book is part of the Child, Youth, and Family Services series of the University of Nebraska Press. Purchase the book online at