Social Work Practice with Families and Children

Social Work Practice with Families and Children

Social Work Practice with Families and Children

Social Work Practice with Families and Children

Synopsis

This book emphasizes family-centered, social network, and school-based interventions in the preparation of social workers for direct and indirect practice with clients from vulnerable populations, especially the poor, people of color, and recent immigrant groups. With an eye to recent changes in social work practice and service delivery, including the impact of welfare reform and managed care on vulnerable families and children, Social Work Practice with Families and Children helps social work students and practitioners understand the increasingly complex needs of their clients. Three valuable appendixes include information about tools and instruments to support practice, child welfare resource centers, and electronic resources pertaining to the field.

Excerpt

Social work with families and children in the United States—as elsewhere—is increasingly complex, controversial, and changing, especially as it seeks to face challenges such as oppression and discrimination against vulnerable populations; social problems such as substance abuse, family violence, child abuse and homelessness; and diminishing funding for critical social supports. This book will address these emerging and cutting-edge issues in addition to more traditional family and child welfare topics such as adoption and family foster care.

Our main purpose is to help social work students and practitioners understand and work with vulnerable families and children. The focus is on intervention at different levels and with different systems—from the child and family to their social networks as well as broader ecological environment. As suggested by Palmer (1995:1): “The term children is used generically and is intended to include adolescents when the use of both terms would be cumbersome. When the focus is on children age 13 and over, they are generally termed adolescents or youths.

Our emphasis is on preparing social workers for direct and indirect practice with clients from vulnerable populations, especially the poor, people of color, and recent immigrant groups, within the context of cross-system and multidisciplinary collaboration. These clients come to the attention of social work practitioners in a variety of settings, including public and voluntary child welfare agencies, family support programs, residential treatment programs, public schools, and other organizations working with or on behalf of children and families.

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