Drawing on their extensive experience, a dozen respected scholars examine the state of the art of group care in Israel. In addition, they highlight major implications of the Israeli experience for child and youth care services worldwide, suggesting ideas for the development of more effective patterns of community and residential care in the West. Successful in alleviating developmental deficits and maximizing the contributions of the country's most talented young people, the acclaimed Israeli approach to group care is thoroughly addressed here. The authors analyze the complex interaction between culture and residential group care, the importance of the role of the parents, and the public policy considerations related to residential care. This informative and useful volume will contribute to the enhancement of programs and services for young people everywhere.