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Dec/Jan 2006Vol. 6, No. 10A New Handbook for Child Welfare

A new handbook brings together the writings of more than 75 eminent academics, policymakers, and practitioners in the field of child welfare to talk about safety, permanency, and well-being of children and the impact of current child welfare practice. Child Welfare for the 21st Century: A Handbook of Practices, Policies, and Programs is based on the philosophical orientation that strengthening and supporting families is the best way to ensure children's safety, permanency, and well-being. Following a broad overview of child welfare history and legislation, the chapters are divided among four sections:

  • Child and adolescent well-being, including family engagement and community support
  • Child and adolescent safety, including risk assessment and parental substance abuse
  • Permanency for children and youth, including family reunification and kinship care
  • Systemic issues, including overrepresentation of children of color and the Child and Family Services Reviews

Contributors for each chapter identify both promising practices and evidence-based practices, as well as ethical issues relevant to their topic. An extensive index contributes to the usability of the large volume.

Child Welfare for the 21st Century was edited by G. Mallon and P. M. Hess. It is available from Columbia University Press at