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Understanding Children and Families Served by the Child Welfare System

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195114539.003.0007

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

 Understanding Children and Families Served by the Child Welfare System

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This chapter reviews the case records of 100 randomly selected infants who were placed in foster care in the first year of their lives to learn about the family situations that typify the cases of young children. It focuses on children and families who might be characterized as the most successful by conventional indicators of performance in child welfare services. A summary of key findings and recommendations regarding the children and families served by the child welfare services system is presented at the end of the chapter.

Keywords: child welfare services; foster care; families; young children

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