Focus on Infants

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

 Focus on Infants

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This chapter examines child services for infants. It analyzes data on maltreatment of infants from California. It discusses the processes involved from the time report of maltreatment is filed to foster care placement. It argues that there is much work to do to provide a wider net of protection for infants before foster care can be considered as the temporary way station between maltreatment and permanence that it is intended to be. A summary of key findings and recommendations regarding infants is presented at the end of the chapter.

Keywords: child welfare; child services; foster care; child maltreatment; permanence

Chapter.  6813 words.  Illustrated.

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