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Introduction to Child Welfare

Building a Culturally Responsive, Multisystemic, Evidence-Based Approach (First Edition)
Michele D. Hanna, Rowena Fong, Nancy Rolock, and Ruth McRoy
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Introduction to Child Welfare: Building a Culturally Responsive, Multisystemic, Evidence-Based Approach helps future and current child welfare professionals cultivate a practice that employs an intersectional approach and embraces the concept of cultural humility. This dynamic approach recognizes the intersectionality and diversity of children, youth, and families, and empowers workers to engage with and consider myriad identities and cultural experiences.

Opening chapters provide an overview of the history of the child welfare and foster care system in the United States; our modern multisystemic approach to child welfare practice; and the history and current status of evidence-based child welfare practice. Additional chapters address the impact of trauma on children, youth, and families, as well as multidimensional engagement in child welfare.

The text covers various populations involved in child welfare, including domestic children of color, native peoples, immigrant children and families, victims of human trafficking, LGBTQIA youth, and more. Each chapter provides an overview of the history of child welfare interventions and culturally responsive practices with these populations, as well as relevant policies and current practices.

Introduction to Child Welfare is an ideal text for future and current child welfare professionals who wish to improve their personal practice.

Michele D. Hanna, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver.
Ruth McRoy, Ph.D. is the Ruby Lee Piester Centennial Professor Emerita at the University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work and the Donahue and DiFelice Endowed Professor Emerita at Boston College School of Social Work.
Rowena Fong, Ed.D. is the Ruby Lee Piester Centennial Professor in Services to Children and Families at the University of Texas at Austin.
Nancy Rolock, Ph.D. is the Henry L. Zucker Associate Professor in Social Work Practice at Case Western Reserve University.
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