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Reversing the Odds: Improving Outcomes for Babies in the Child Welfare System (Paperback)
  • Reversing the Odds: Improving Outcomes for Babies in the Child Welfare System (Paperback)

Reversing the Odds: Improving Outcomes for Babies in the Child Welfare System (Paperback)

Paperback 216 Pages / Published: 30/07/2009
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Encouraging a multidisciplinary perspective, this guide explores the needs of children in the child welfare system and offers ways to get them back on track.Children from birth to age 3 are the largest group of children to enter, re-enter, and remain the child welfare system. Of these children, more than half demonstrate developmental delays. These children's needs are not often addressed by professionals and policy makers involved in decision-making regarding the child welfare system. This book shows how important it is to take a multi-disciplinary approach to address this situation. Through detailed case studies, the author demonstrates best practices and the development of new interdisciplinary models. The key thread in the book is research and practice that align with healthy child development. Topics include the history of child welfare advocacy, new research and new laws, legal advocacy, health care advocacy, early intervention advocacy, early childhood education advocacy, and future directions.

Publisher: Brookes Publishing Co
ISBN: 9781557669612
Number of pages: 216
Weight: 295 g
Dimensions: 279 x 216 x 15 mm


"Comprehensive and valuable . . . well documents the scope of the problem as well as the current research and laws in place that can be utilized in addressing this ongoing and complex national crisis." --Dan Hughes, Ph.D."Psychologist and author of Building the Bonds of Attachment, Second Edition, and Attachment-Focused Family Therapy, Quittie Glen Center for Mental Health, Annville, Pennsylvania" (02/19/2009)

"Provides a compelling review of the multiple risks and adversities traversed by infants and young children in the child welfare system, an inspirational vision of the outcomes that can be achieved by improved policies and practices, and a roadmap for getting there." --Susan Chinitz, Psy.D."Albert Einstein College of Medicine" (03/13/2009)

"Eloquently expresses the need to raise awareness about the needs of young children in the child welfare system and provides an important message of prevention and early intervention." --Joy D. Osofsky, Ph.D."Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center" (03/13/2009)

"A powerful statement on why we must take much better care of our most vulnerable children--the infants who come to the attention of our child welfare agencies and juvenile courts. Using true stories that demonstrate successful and unsuccessful community responses . . . Ms. Dicker points the way to better outcomes for these children."" --Judge Leonard Edwards"Judge-in-Residence, California Administrative Office of the Courts, Center for Families, Children & the Courts, San Francisco, CA" (03/30/2009)

"A must read for anyone who wants to be prepared to face off against the bureaucratic and legal gauntlet of child welfare services." --James A. Cox"The Midwest Book Review Social Issues Shelf" (09/08/2009)

"Dicker brings an invaluable and unique point of view as someone attuned to the complexities of bureaucracies and to the moral responsibilty to faithfully enact laws that protect the rights of young children. Her tenacity exemplifies what life-long commitment to social justice looks like ... an enlightening book, surely to be recognized as the seminal text on this issue." --Stefi Rubin, Ph.D., LMFT"Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services" (10/06/2010)

"Draws on the latest research, rich case studies, and Dicker's years of experience to show the field how it can meet the health care needs of young children who have suffered in systems that are supposed to help them." --Robert G. Schwartz

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