Public Child Welfare

A Casebook for Learning and Teaching (First Edition)
S. Carnochan, L. Molinar, J. Brown, L. Botzler, K. Gunderson, C. Henry, and M. J. Austin
©2019, 268 pages

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    Public Child Welfare: A Casebook for Learning and Teaching provides social work students and practicing social workers with 20 real-world cases gathered from four California county child welfare agencies. Readers are exposed to the stories of social workers and families involved in child welfare services. The rich and varied content captures the daily complexities, challenges, and successes that social workers experience in the field.

    Framed within the context of relevant national and state policy and practices, the cases address a variety of child welfare issues including neglect and abuse, substance abuse, domestic violence, criminal justice involvement, mental health, reunification and adoption, and more. Case-based learning relates to family dynamics, initial risks and harms, finding the right home for the child, court proceedings, and the trajectory of these complex cases over time.

    Public Child Welfare challenges social work students and practitioners to critically examine documented, real-world cases to inform and strengthen their own practices. The casebook is an ideal resource for social work courses, child welfare seminars, and agency-based training programs.

    Lisa Molinar, MA, is the President of Shared Vision Consultants, Inc., a human services consulting agency, specializing in child welfare. Shared Vision provides assistance to counties who are struggling to meet the challenges of organizational planning, program implementation and providing training to their child welfare staff. With an extensive background in child welfare, and a master’s degree in organizational management, she integrates expertise related to implementing best practices in child welfare, probation and behavioral health; developing training curriculum; and facilitating organizational development in human services agencies. Among others, her partnerships include universities, regional social services consortia, statewide change agencies, counties, and the California Department of Social Services (CDSS).
    Joanne Brown is an instructor with the Northern California Training Academy at the University of California Davis. She provides training for social workers and staff on a range of legal topics, and has been a primary consultant in the implementation of a system for training case reviewers statewide on the new Onsite Review Instrument (OSRI) for Round 3 of the Child and Family Services Review. She also developed the comprehensive curriculum for training county case reviewers as part of the permanent statewide social services CQI process. In addition, she heads JBrown Consulting, providing consulting services to lawyers, courts, juvenile justice systems, and social services agencies regarding strategic planning, program evaluation, and management development.
    Karen B. Gunderson has worked in the field of child welfare for over 30 years. In addition to direct service with probation youth, child welfare services, and state adoptions, Karen has extensive experience in foster care policy and program development (placement, permanency, reunification, adoption, kinship care, and services that support the well-being of foster children and their successful transition to adulthood). Working for the California Department of Social Services for most of her career, Karen also helped lead and implement many child welfare system changes, including: 1996 California Adoptions Initiative, California Child and Family Services Review, Fostering Connections - After 18 (AB 12), Continuum of Care Reform, and California Partnership for Permanence project—a $15 million grant from the federal Children’s Bureau. Karen is currently a senior consultant with Shared Vision Consultants. She also serves on the faculty of the California Child Welfare Core Practice Model Directors Institute which supports counties throughout the state in the implementation of the practice model. Karen received her MSW from the University of Washington.
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    “Extensive research documents that classroom education alone is insufficient to support transfer of core social work knowledge and skills in the real world. Case-based learning is one vehicle to support the transfer of learning to real-life situations. This casebook provides 20 case studies based on real children and families as a context for bridging the gap between theory and social work practice. Each chapter also introduces a list of classroom discussion questions about these agency-based, real-life case records, to encourage critical thinking about each of these child and family situations. This casebook would be a valuable companion to other child welfare policy, program, and/or practice related texts.”
    Diane DePanfilis, Ph.D., M.S.W., Professor
    Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College
    City University of New York

    “I love, love, love this public child welfare casebook. It perfectly meets my need for a class that I am teaching in January. I have been looking for case studies to assign to students and so many of the ones I have found are not comprehensive enough. I think this book would be a great complement to our text.”
    Michele D. Hanna, PhD., MSW
    Associate Professor
    Graduate School of Social Work
    University of Denver