Advances in Child and Family Policy and Practice

Foster Care and Best Interests of the Child

Integrating Research, Policy, and Practice

Authors: Font, Sarah, Gershoff, Elizabeth T.

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  • Examines the theory, policy, practice, and empirical research behind the U.S. foster care system
  • Questions core values and objectives of the foster care system
  • Discusses competing values and priorities of the system (e.g., political, economic, and legal incentives) for and against the use of foster care
  • Describes and evaluates key challenges that undermine child safety and well-being in the current foster care system
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About this book

This brief examines the U.S. foster care system and seeks to explain why the foster care system functions as it does and how it can be improved to serve the best interest of children. It defines and evaluates key challenges that undermine child safety and well-being in the current foster care system. Chapters highlight the competing values and priorities of the system as well as the pros and cons for the use of foster care. In addition, chapters assess whether the performance objectives in which states are evaluated by the federal government are sufficient to achieve positive health and well-being outcomes for children who experience foster care. Finally, it offers recommendations for improving the system and maximizing positive outcomes.

Topics featured in this brief include: 

  • Legal aspects of removal and placement of children in foster care.
  • The effectiveness of prior efforts to reform foster care.
  • The regulation and quality of foster homes.
  • Support for youth aging out of the foster care system.
  • Racial and ethnic disparities in the foster care system.

Foster Care and the Best Interests of the Child is a must-have resource for policy makers and related professionals, graduate students, and researchers in child and school psychology, family studies, public health, social work, law/criminal justice, and sociology.

About the authors

Sarah A. Font, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor at Pennsylvania State University in the Department of Sociology and Criminology and is a faculty member of the Child Maltreatment Solutions Network. Her research focuses on how the child protective services and foster care systems work to further or undermine child well-being. She holds a Ph.D. in Social Welfare from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Elizabeth T. Gershoff, Ph.D., is a Professor of Human Development and Family Sciences and is Associate Director of the Population Research Center, both at the University of Texas at Austin. She has published extensively on the topic of physical punishment and is an internationally recognized expert on the effects that physical punishment by parents or by school personnel has on children. She earned her Ph.D. in Child Development from the University of Texas at Austin.


Reviews

“This book is very good because it provides a brief summary of the foster care system in the United States and improvements that can be made. … Readers will be pleasantly surprised by how the book will provoke discussion and hopefully result in positive changes in a system that is currently overwhelmed in many states.” (Gary B Kaniuk, Doody's Book Reviews, September 25, 2020)


Table of contents (5 chapters)

Table of contents (5 chapters)

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eBook 39,99 €
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover 51,99 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Foster Care and Best Interests of the Child
Book Subtitle
Integrating Research, Policy, and Practice
Authors
Series Title
Advances in Child and Family Policy and Practice
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-41146-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-41146-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-41145-9
Series ISSN
2625-2546
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 103
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations, 3 illustrations in colour
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