Decision Making in Child Welfare Services

Intake and Planning

  • Theodore J. Stein
  • Tina L. Rzepnicki

Part of the International Series in Social Welfare book series (ISSW, volume 4)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Theodore J. Stein, Tina L. Rzepnicki
    Pages 1-3
  3. Theodore J. Stein, Tina L. Rzepnicki
    Pages 17-33
  4. Theodore J. Stein, Tina L. Rzepnicki
    Pages 35-73
  5. Theodore J. Stein, Tina L. Rzepnicki
    Pages 75-98
  6. Theodore J. Stein, Tina L. Rzepnicki
    Pages 99-122
  7. Theodore J. Stein, Tina L. Rzepnicki
    Pages 123-134
  8. Theodore J. Stein, Tina L. Rzepnicki
    Pages 135-164
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 165-171

About this book


All countries confront the problem of providing for dependent, neglected, and 1 abused children. While the exact form of institutional response will differ in relation to a country's political and economic structure, its culture and its tradition, the same general kinds of child welfare services have been developed 2 everywhere. Literature from the United States, Canada, and several Western European countries reflects a shared concern about children who reside in unplanned, substitute care arrangements and a growing recognition of the importance of 3 making permanent plans for these children. The American response to this problem took shape in the early 1970s when government at the local, state, and 4 federal levels undertook to fund permanency planning projects. Permanency planning projects were charged with developing and testing procedures that would increase the likelihood that children would move out of substitute care arrangements into permanent family homes either through restoration to their biological families, termination of parental rights and subsequent adoption, court appointment of a legal guardian, or planned emancipation for older children. Long-term foster care, if it was a planned outcome supported by the use of written agreements between foster parents and child care agencies, was recognized as an appropriate option for some children. 2 DECISION MAKING IN CHILD WELFARE Permanency planning projects have had a direct effect on the substantive aspects of social work practice in child welfare.


Design Familie Institution Mode Nation children education environment social work

Authors and affiliations

  • Theodore J. Stein
    • 1
  • Tina L. Rzepnicki
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Social WorkNew York UniversityUSA
  2. 2.Graduate School of Social ServiceFordham UniversityUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1984
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-8991-3
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-5648-3
  • Series Print ISSN 0924-4859
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