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Supporting Families Experiencing Homelessness

Current Practices and Future Directions

  • Mary E. Haskett
  • Staci Perlman
  • Beryl Ann Cowan
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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Needs of Children and Families Experiencing Homelessness

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. John C. Buckner
      Pages 3-21
    3. Staci Perlman, Sandy Sheller, Karen M. Hudson, C. Leigh Wilson
      Pages 57-77
    4. Carmela J. DeCandia, Christina M. Murphy, Natalie Coupe
      Pages 79-102
  3. Frameworks for Service Delivery and Intervention for Families

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 103-103
  4. Evidence Based and Promising Approaches to Service Provision and Intervention

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 171-171
    2. Abigail Gewirtz, Kimberly Burkhart, Jessica Loehman, Beth Haukebo
      Pages 173-186
    3. Janette E. Herbers, J. J. Cutuli
      Pages 187-207
    4. Ralph da Costa Nunez, Matthew Adams
      Pages 209-232
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 233-243

About this book

Introduction

This book is an extremely welcome addition to the literature on homelessness, and the only one solely devoted to the needs of families and children. This timely volume is a creative compendium of chapters that explores every aspect of the issue and describes the cutting edge of the field.” – From the foreword, Ellen L. Bassuk, M.D., National Center on Family Homelessness, Center for Social Innovation, and Harvard Medical School

With more American families being increasingly forced into homelessness, Supporting Families Experiencing Homelessness aims to raise the standard and scope of services provided to families without homes through practices that are both strengths-based and culturally competent. All major aspects of this important topic are analyzed, with recommendations for what is needed to improve current programs or establish new ones. Chapters set out the particular needs of parents, children, and teens as well as homeless subpopulations, such as youth who age out of foster care. This book presents a real-world framework for services that are client-centered, are integrated across provider systems, and follow families in their transition to stable housing. Included in this volume:

  • The ecology of family homelessness.
  • Developmental and mental health outcomes of sheltered infants, children, and adolescents.
  • Parenting in the face of homelessness.
  • Trauma-informed practices in shelters and other programs serving homeless families.
  • Cultural competence and individualized care in service provision.
  • Evidence-based and promising approaches to service provision and intervention.

A groundbreaking volume, this book is a must-read for students preparing for careers in human services, all frontline providers working with those at-risk for housing instability or currently living without homes, and researchers and policy-makers working to enhance outcomes for families experiencing homelessness.

Keywords

Adolescents Without Homes Child Welfare Homeless Children and Youth Homeless Families Service Delivery for Homeless Families Services for Families Without Homes

Editors and affiliations

  • Mary E. Haskett
    • 1
  • Staci Perlman
    • 2
  • Beryl Ann Cowan
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyNorth Carolina State UniversityRaleighUSA
  2. 2.University of DelawareNewarkUSA
  3. 3.ArlingtonUSA

About the editors

Mary Haskett, PhD, is Professor of Psychology at North Carolina State University. Her program of research is designed to gain understanding of factors that contribute to harsh parenting and factors that promote resilience of young abused children. She currently serves on the editorial boards of Child Abuse & Neglect and Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. Dr. Haskett is President of the APA Section on Child Maltreatment and Co-chairs the Interdivisional Task Force on Promoting Positive Parenting in the Context of Family Homelessness.

Dr. Staci Perlman is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies with a joint appointment in the Delaware Education Research and Development Center at the University of Delaware and the 2013 Visiting Scholar at the People’s Emergency Center (PEC) in Philadelphia. Her work focuses on using partnership-based research to promote the development and well-being of vulnerable children, youth, and families. Most recently, she has worked with Joe Willard of the People's Emergency Center to examine the prevalence and influence of homeless experiences among youth enrolled in Philadelphia's public high schools. Dr. Perlman also serves as the co-chair of the APA Taskforce on Promoting Positive Parenting in the Context of Homelessness and was the 2011 recipient of the Child Maltreatment Section of the American Psychological Association’s Early Career Award for Outstanding Contributions to Practice in the Field of Child Maltreatment.
Beryl Ann Cowan, JD, PhD, is a clinical and community psychologist and attorney whose research interests include mental health needs of marginalized high risk children and their families at the interface of social services systems and judicial systems, including foster care and juvenile justice settings. Dr. Cowan’s was previously a Sr. research associate at The National Center on Family Homelessness where she was involved in studies of the mental health needs of military families. She has served on the American Psychological Association (APA) Presidential Task Force on Psychology’s Contribution to End Homelessness, and is currently a member of the APA Interdivisional Task Force on Promoting Positive Parenting in the Context of Family Homelessness.

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Reviews

From the reviews:

“This edited volume provides a comprehensive look at the needs of homeless families, the human service system’s responses to those needs, and the effectiveness of those interventions. … Summing Up: Recommended. All academic levels/libraries.” (A. Dworsky, Choice, Vol. 51 (8), April, 2014)

This book is an extremely welcome addition to the literature on homelessness, and the only one solely devoted to the needs of families and children. This timely volume is a creative compendium of articles that explores every aspect of the issue and describes the cutting edge of the field.” – Ellen L. Bassuk, M.D., National Center on Family Homelessness, Center for Social Innovation, and Harvard Medical School