Social Work and the Courts is a compendium of the most recent and important legal cases in social work and social welfare. Its dissection and analysis of crucial cases makes it an excellent tool for teaching social workers to understand the legal system and its operation. The book demonstrates how courts view and deal with the performance, action, and conduct of social workers and their agencies. This second edition includes more case studies, paying particular attention to recent cases on foster care and child welfare. In addition, a new section on "References and Further Readings" has been added to the end of each chapter along with an update bibliography and Internet bibliography so that readers may easily find supplementary information.