Here is the first systematic attempt to explore a rapidly growing child welfare service--specialist foster family care--as a viable and vital form of community care for children and youth experiencing a range of problems and needs. The authors explore and clarify the therapeutic potential of the foster family, the resources necessary to implement and maintain successful programs, the diversity of program models and strategies, the establishment of specialized foster care services in public child welfare agencies, and the application to a range of clients, including autistic, handicapped, and sexually abused children. Organized into three sections, this major new volume identifies program perspectives and principles, addresses program issues, and describes practical approaches for delivering services. Contributors highlight a number of issues that will require further attention as specialist foster family care develops.An indispensable guide for a broad range of professionals, including practitioners and managers employed in child welfare agencies and social work educators interested in child welfare policy and practice, Specialist Foster Family Care will also be valuable for undergraduate and graduate social work students and other persons interested in noninstitutional methods of dealing with troubled children and youth.
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