Trends and Issues in the U.S. Child Welfare System

Jill Duerr Berrick

in Child Protection Systems

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199793358
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199895137 | DOI:

Series: International Policy Exchange Series

Trends and Issues in the U.S. Child Welfare System

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The U.S. child welfare system, made up of many variations at the state and local levels, is unified in design by federal laws and regulations. This chapter reviews the definition of maltreatment as set forth by the federal government, along with rates of maltreatment reporting nationwide. A description of the general parameters of the child welfare system is provided including prevention services, out-of-home care, and long-term living alternatives for children who cannot return to their birth parents. Major federal legislation shaping child welfare policy is reviewed, though many current reform efforts are initiated at the local level. Some of the most prevalent reforms are reviewed in some detail include practice changes related to family-centered services, and cultural and community continuity.

Keywords: family-centered services; cultural and community continuity; permanency; maltreatment; federal laws; regulations

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