From Child Maltreatment to Placement

Jill Duerr Berrick, Barbara Needell, Richard P. Barth and Melissa Jonson-Reid

in The Tender Years

Published in print March 2000 | ISBN: 9780195114539
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199865819 | DOI:

Series: Child Welfare: A Series in Child Welfare Practice, Policy, and Research

 From Child Maltreatment to Placement

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This chapter examines the reporting, multiple reporting, investigations, and initial services for young children. It discusses the processes involved from the time the report of child abuse or neglect is filed to the intervention stage when the child is ultimately placed in foster care. It is argued that among the cases investigated by child welfare authorities, a relatively large number continue to cycle in and out of the system. A summary of key findings and recommendations regarding the abuse and neglect of young children is presented at the end of the chapter.

Keywords: child welfare; child abuse reports; child services; young children; foster care

Chapter.  3895 words.  Illustrated.

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