Chapter

Closing

Duncan Lindsey

in The Welfare of Children

Second edition

Published in print November 2003 | ISBN: 9780195136715
Published online April 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199894079 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195136715.003.0014
Closing

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The closing chapter brings the arguments together and presents a summary of the analysis and a discussion of future directions. Today, in the United States the major remaining social failure has been our inability to make progress in the war against poverty, especially child poverty. Many of the approaches toward letting people change their circumstances, which social work has promoted, have failed. These programs simply have not produced or facilitated change. But there have been successes. Reform efforts must look to those programs that have succeeded, while casting aside those programs that have not. Beyond that, we must turn to and follow the lead of empirical research.

Keywords: child welfare system; child poverty; social policy; child welfare reform

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