Child Welfare: Connecting Research, Policy and Practice

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Kathleen Kufeldt, Brad McKenzie
Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press, Jun 6, 2003 - Social Science - 479 pages

In 1994 a group of researchers and decision makers met to discuss the state of child welfare. Also present were a few practitioners and two youth in care. Six years later, when they met again, the number of practitioners and youth had grown considerably and were joined by a strong contingent of foster parents. Thus the findings and insights presented were affirmed or challenged by those most affected — those on the front line. It was an exciting event, worth capturing in book form.

Kathleen Kufeldt and Brad McKenzie have gathered the papers presented at the 2000 Symposium and have organized them under four themes: incidence and characteristics of child maltreatment; the continuum of care; policy and practice; and future directions. An analysis and synthesis of the work informs each of these themes, while an eight-point research agenda developed in an earlier symposium is used to assess developments to date and provide guidance for the future.

Contributors include many well-known researchers such as Claire Chamberland, Jim Anglin, Sally Palmer, Darlene Sykes, Cindy Blackstock, Nico Trocmé, Fay Martin, and Richard Budgell. The richness of the information will interest all helping professionals, researchers, and students. It will also appeal to those whose interest has been piqued by the highly publicized failures of the system.


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Child Welfare Research and Development in a National Context
1 Incidence and Characteristics of Child Maltreatment
2 The Continuum of Care
3 Connecting Research Policy and Practice
4 The Future of Child Welfare

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About the author (2003)

Kathleen Kufeldt’s distinguished career in child welfare has included work in the areas of child protection and family counselling, extensive publication, and teaching and administration, including a four-year term as Chair in Child Protection at Memorial University. She is an adjunct professor at the University of New Brunswick, where she coordinates the research team focusing on child abuse and neglect at the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre for Family Violence Research.

Brad McKenzie is a professor in the Faculty of Social Work, University of Manitoba. From 1996 through 1998 he was anglophone editor of Canadian Social Work Review. His last book was Connecting Policy to Practice in the Human Services, co-authored with Brian Wharf.

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