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Contemporary Issues in Child Welfare Practice

  • Helen Cahalane
  • Discusses special issues such as working with foster care and kinship care families

  • Includes special populations such as LGBTQ youth and racial minorities

  • Provides an overview of the key family engagement practices

  • Addresses policy issues


Part of the Contemporary Social Work Practice book series (Contemp. Social Work Practice)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Marlo A. Perry, Rachel A. Fusco
    Pages 1-15
  3. Helen Cahalane, Carol M. Anderson
    Pages 39-73
  4. Caroline Donohue, Cynthia Bradley-King, Helen Cahalane
    Pages 75-99
  5. Cynthia Bradley-King, Marlo A. Perry, Caroline Donohue
    Pages 159-181
  6. Anita P. Barbee, Marcia L. Martin
    Pages 183-204
  7. Elizabeth A. Winter
    Pages 205-233
  8. Phil Basso, Helen Cahalane, Jon Rubin, Kathy Jones Kelley
    Pages 257-287
  9. Megan Good, Erin Dalton, Marc Cherna
    Pages 289-309
  10. Helen Cahalane
    Pages 311-314
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 315-319

About this book


Throughout the country, child welfare systems are at a crossroads. Demands for evidence-driven practice coupled with budget cuts, funding limits, and the call for client-driven services are contributing to a transformation in the field. Not surprisingly, with this reform comes the need for a higher level of professional education on the part of its practitioners.

A seminar between covers, Contemporary Issues in Child Welfare Practice presents a clear picture of practice in today's child protection landscape: its challenges and opportunities, and the insights every professional needs. Chapters map out an integrated systems of care framework that coordinates services across mental health and other agencies while encouraging collaboration with families and the community. Topics span theoretical and hands-on practice imperatives from racial and cultural issues, to managing for outcomes, to concepts of permanency. And the book's case studies offer salient first-person perspectives from children, families, and caseworkers. Featured in the coverage:

  • Family engagement strategies in child welfare practice.
  • Promoting youth engagement, empowerment, and interdependence through teaming practices.
  • LGBTQ youth: the challenge for child welfare.
  • Training and transfer of learning.
  • Reflective practices in supervision: why thinking and reflecting are as important as doing.
  • Stress and child welfare work.
  • Organizational effectiveness strategies for child welfare.

Contemporary Issues in Child Welfare Practice opens out its field as few resources before it, making it a valuable mentor to those tasked with giving children a better life, whether social work practitioners and educators, counselors, family therapists, or policymakers.


Child Advocacy Child Welfare Child Welfare Outcomes Clinical Social Work Family Engagement Strategies LGBTQ Youth Permanency in Child Welfare Race and Child Welfare Social Work Practice Stress and Child Welfare Work Supervision in Social Work Transitioning to Adulthood

Editors and affiliations

  • Helen Cahalane
    • 1
  1. 1.Child Welfare Education and Research ProgramsSchool of Social Work, University of PittsburghPittsburghUSA

About the editors

Dr. Helen Cahalane is Clinical Associate Professor and Principal Investigator of the Child Welfare Education and Research Programs at the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work.  Dr. Cahalane oversees a continuum of child welfare programs providing education, training, technical assistance, support for best practices and organizational improvement which include the Pennsylvania Child Welfare Training Program, the Child Welfare Education for Baccalaureates Program, and the Child Welfare Education for Leadership Program.  Dr. Cahalane is involved in several applied research projects in child welfare targeting developmental and social-emotional screening of young children substantiated for abuse and neglect, caseworker visitation and family engagement practices, and organizational factors influencing the retention of child welfare professionals.  Dr. Cahalane also teaches in the School of Social Work and has been recognized as a Chancellor’s Distinguished Teacher of the University of Pittsburgh.  Dr. Cahalane is a licensed clinical social worker and Expert Witness for the Bureau of Occupational and Professional Affairs, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Contemporary Issues in Child Welfare Practice
  • Editors Helen Cahalane
  • Series Title Contemporary Social Work Practice
  • Series Abbreviated Title Contemporary Social Work Practice
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4614-8626-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4939-4130-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4614-8627-5
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIV, 319
  • Number of Illustrations 10 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Social Work
    Child and School Psychology
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