The book examines where, why and to what extent immigrant children are represented in the child welfare system in different countries. These countries include Australia/New Zealand, Belgium/the Netherlands, England, Estonia, Canada, Finland, Italy, Germany, Spain, Norway, and the United States-all of them having different child welfare philosophies and systems as well as histories and practices in immigration. By comparing policies and practices in child welfare systems (and welfare states), especially in terms of how they conceptualize and deal with immigrant children and their families, we address an immensely important and pressing issue in modern societies. Immigrants in the child welfare system are a critical issue and they seem to face serious challenges that are evident across countries. These are challenges related to lack of language proficiency, lack of knowledge about cultural and social aspects and about the public systems of the destination country. Perhaps most relevantly, the challenges may include collisions of ideas and beliefs about how to raise children, about children's place in the family and society, and about children's rights.
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 534 g
Dimensions: 244 x 169 x 25 mm
"The authors of these international perspectives on government policies for child-welfare-involved migrant children and families present an outstanding summary of current practices and problems. Organizing the 11 country chapters into three parts according to welfare state typologies, the editors overlay a convincing frame that global migration has political, economic, and social roots. Each country's narrative introduces readers to the history and scope of the problem of migrant children and offers an overview of its child protection system, including professional training of its workforce. This [is a] clear and comprehensive cross-national comparison of a growing issue of global concern to social work. Recommended." --J. C. Altman, CHOICE Magazine
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