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A Series of Books from Oxford University Press

Description of the Series
Combatting Child Abuse: International Perspectives and Trends
The Politics of Child Abuse in America  
The Welfare of Children
Child Welfare: A Series in Child Welfare Practice, Policy, and Research
Oxford University Press is pleased to announce an important new series of books on Child Welfare Practice, Policy and Research under the general editorship of Duncan Lindsey of the School of Public Policy and Social Research at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Concern about the condition of children has grown over the last several decades with increased research, policy analysis, and scholarship. With the growing recognition of public responsibility for the welfare of children there has been an increased focus on children's issues. As a result the child welfare field has grown and accumulated knowledge. There has been movement into new research frontiers. Boundaries have broken down between traditional categories of research and policy analysis with new areas of research breaking out by fission. This series recognizes the emerging research and policy paradigm n the child welfare field and is designed to produce, over time, books that will be definitive statements of major issues or that make major scientific and theoretical contributions to the field.
Examination of the major substantive issues in the areas of practice, programs, and policy in child welfare will be of foremost importance. The series will also include broad based research studies based on original data. This series is multidisciplinary in scope with contributions from economics, law, policy sciences, psychology, sociology, social work, child development, and related fields. In addition, the series has an international scope with contributors from all around the world.
In 1978, the general editor of the series launched Children and Youth Services Review. With eighteen volumes now printed, it can rightfully claim to be the flagship series of essays and articles on child welfare issues. The intention of the Child Welfare Series is to provide a similar vehicle for book-length studies, accessible to the general reader as well as meeting the needs of scholars and students.
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Titles in the Series

The Welfare of Children
by Duncan Lindsey

416pp, line figures, tables, 234156
Published December 1994
Hardback, 0-19-508518-3

In this unique contribution to the study of the child welfare system in the United States, Duncan Lindsey provides a critical, but heartfelt, look into the current situation for children. He examines the successes and failures of the current child welfare system, and proposes new approaches to achieve comprehensive reform to allow for greater achievements for children. If taken seriously, Lindsey's suggestions for the future could point the way towards ending poverty among children, and breaking the cycle of abuse and neglect.

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The Politics of Child Abuse in America
by Lela Costin, Howard J. Karger, David Stoesz

Child abuse policy in the United States contains dangerous contradictions. A rapidly expanding child abuse industry, consisting of enterprising psychotherapists and attorneys, consumes enormous resources. At the same time, thousands of poor children are seriously injured or killed, many while being "protected" by public agencies. The growing interest in child abuse as a middle class problem has led to the frenzied pursuit of offenders, resulting in the sacrifice of innocent children and adults. Intense media focus on the sensational details of high-visibility sexual abuse cases has trivialized, if not commercialized, the issue. The child welfare system has become a virtual "nonsystem," marked by a staggering turnover of staff, unmanageable caseloads, a severe shortage of funding, and caseloads composed of highly dysfunctional families (many with drug-related problems).

The Politics of Child Abuse in America presents a compelling analysis of these problems, revealing the historical patterns that gave rise to them and presenting practical policy recommendations. Child abuse, the authors argue, must be viewed as a public safety problem, not a social welfare issue. The crackdown on domestic violence has extended legal protections to physically and sexually abused women, and this same protection is essential for abused children. The authors contend this can be done by creating a "Children's Authority," a government agency solely dedicated to protecting children. The Children's Authority would provide the six fundamentals of child protection: investigation, enforcement, placement services, prevention and education, family support, and research and development.

The Politics of Child Abuse in America presents a new and provocative perspective on one of our most pressing social crises. It will be an invaluable resource for scholars, students, and professionals in social work, as well as for anyone concerned about the welfare of children in the United States.

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About the Authors

Lela B. Costin is Professor Emerita at the School of Social Work, University of Illinois-Urbana, Champaign. Her most recent works include Two Sisters for Social Justice, and Child Welfare Policies and Practice (Fourth Edition).

Howard Jacob Karger is Professor and Director of Doctoral Education at the University of Houston. His most recent books include American Social Welfare Policy, Controversial Issues in Social Policy, and the forthcoming Social Work and Public Life.

David Stoesz is the Samuel Wurtzel Chair in Social Work at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond. His previous works include American Social Welfare Policy, Reconstructing the American Welfare State, and Small Change: Domestic Policy Under the Clinton Presidency.

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Praise for:

"This book is extremely well-written and readable. It is powerful and hard-hitting at the same time that it is scholarly and intellectually honest. The authors provide a clear, integrated, conceptual historical perspective on the rise of the current child welfare system. They explain the concepts that have guided the system, past and present, and develop an overarching interpretive framework that fits the facts well while accounting for how the system has evolved toward the crisis that it is presently in. The authors jump right into today's heated debates, and emerge with their own unique entry to the current field of proposals for restructuring the system." Leroy H. Pelton, Ph.D. (Professor and author of For Reasons of Poverty)
"Central to the future of a nation is how it treats or allows its children to be treated. No topic in our time is more important than what we as a nation do to protect our children. In the last several decades concern with child abuse has taken center stage. Yet the issue is not child abuse, but how child abuse is defined and addressed. Costin, Karger, and Stoesz examine this issue in detail. Their study is a watershed event in the discussion about child abuse in the United States.
In the long view of history, what is significant, what stands out are voices that identify fundamental and driving issues and develop lines of inquiry which significantly address these issues. This is the strength of The Politics of Child Abuse in America." Duncan Lindsey (UCLA School of Public Policy and Social Research)

Related and Forthcoming Titles
The Tender Years: Towards Developmentally Sensitive Child Welfare Services for Very Young Children
by Jill Duerr Berrick, Barbara Needell, Richard Barth, and Melissa Jonson-Reid all at University of California, Berkeley


Child Welfare Practice: A Competence-Centered Approach
by Anthony Maluccio, Boston College


Women, Children, and Aids
by Theodore Stein, SUNY at Albany


The Roller Coaster Ride: Reforming Child Welfare in the United States
by David Tobis, Hunter College


Practical Foundations for Social Work Practice in Child and Family Settings
by Christoher Petr, University of Kansas

Faces of Poverty: Portraits of Women and Children on Welfare
by Jill Duerr Berrick, University of California, Berkeley

 "Jill Duerr Berrick makes a valuable contribution to the current political debates over welfare reform and societal responsibility for human need. Berrick cuts through much of the current rhetoric surrounding welfare programs to the the heart of the matter: how these programs contribute to the day-to-day survival needs of low income women and children. Faces of Poverty should be read by all legislators, social workers, social work educators, and students, it should be mandatory reading for anyone who wishes to express an opinion on this controversial issue." Michael Reisch, University of Pennsylvania

The Youth Gang Problem
by Irving A. Spergel, University of Chicago

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