Balancing Family-Centered Services and Child Well-Being Exploring Issues in Policy, Practice, Theory and Research

ISBN-10: 0231112831

ISBN-13: 9780231112833

Edition: 2001

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Book details

List price: $48.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 3/29/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 488
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.188

Elaine Walton is associate professor and director of the School of Social Work at Brigham Young University.Patricia Sandau-Beckler is associate professor of social work at New Mexico State University.Marc Mannes is director of research and evaluation for Search Institute, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Introduction
Contributors
Family-Centered Services: A Typology, Brief History, and Overview of Current Program Implementation and Evaluation Challenges
A Program Typology of Family-Centered Services
History of Family-Centered Services
Program Limitations and Policy Pitfalls
Selected Program Implementation Challenges in Family-Centered Services
Values and Ethics for Family-Centered Practice
Theoretical Foundation
The Impact of Values in Practice
Evolution of Values in Family-Centered Services
Historical Backdrop
Values That Direct Family-Centered Services
Family Plays an Essential Role in Child Development
The Family Is Part of a System
Clients Are Colleagues
Strengths Are to Be Emphasized
Home Is the Primary Service Setting
The Family's Needs Determine Services
The Family and Workers Operate in the Community
Cultural Competency in Providing Family-Centered Services
History of Culturally Competent Practice
Culturally Competent Social Work and Family-Centered Practice
Assessing Family-Centered Services for Ethnic Families
Planning Culturally Competent Family-Centered Services
Cultural Values as Guideposts to Service Development
A Conceptual Framework for Family-Centered Services
Family Systems Theory
Ecological Theory
Social Work Models
Strength-Based Perspective
Empowerment Theory
A Conceptual Framework: Integration of Theories
Family-Centered Assessment and Goal Setting
Expanded Roles of Family Members as Experts on Their History and Challenges
Use of Self in Relationship to Family-Centered Practice Principles
Maintaining a Nonjudgmental Stance
Preparing for Family-Centered Assessment
Home Observation
Ethical Considerations of Working in the Family's Home
Family-Centered Assessment Process
Connecting Family Assessment to Goal-Setting Activities
Collaborative Team Building to Support Family Assessment and Goal Setting
Well-Being and Family-Centered Services: The Value of the Developmental Assets Framework
Some Implications and Effects of Attending to Safety, Permanency, and Well-Being for Child and Family Services
Family-Centered Reforms and Child and Family Services
The Empirical Basis for the Developmental Assets Framework
The Basis for Defining Thriving Outcomes
Measurement of the Developmental Assets and Thriving Indicators
Findings Related to the Developmental Assets Framework and Thriving Indicators
Adapting the Developmental Assets Framework to Children
The Importance of Applying the Developmental Assets Framework to Family-Centered Services
Interventions: Hard and Soft Services
Definitional Issues
The Home-Based Worker's Intervention Task
Categories of Home-Based Interventions
Case Examples
Future Issues
Formal and Informal Kinship Care: Supporting the Whole Family
Formal and Informal Support
Kinship Family Care
Formal Kinship Care
Policy Issues
Family Group Conferencing: An "Extended Family" Process to Safeguard Children and Strengthen Family Well-Being
Historical Roots in New Zealand
New Zealand's Legislative Precedence
Evolution of Family Group Conferencing
The Practice of Family Group Conferencing
Targeting the Right Families for Family-Centered Services: Current Dilemmas and Future Directions
The Evolution of Targeting Practices in Family-Centered Services
Future Direction of Targeting Practices in Family-Centered Services
Putting the Targeting Criteria Into Action
Walking Our Talk in the Neighborhoods: Going Beyond Lip Service in Service Delivery Improvement
Reasons We Need New Approaches to Human Services Delivery
Reasons for Forming Professional/Natural Helper Partnerships
Reasons We Need Natural Helpers
Reasons We Need Professionals
Challenges in Developing and Maintaining Professional/Natural Helper Partnerships
One Example of a Professional/Natural Helper Partnership
A Few of the Unanswered Questions
Evaluation in a Dynamic Environment: Assessing Change When Nothing Is Constant
Historical Development in the Evaluation of Family-Centered Services
Current Applications: Methods and Meanings
The Future in Evaluation of Family-Based Services--The Next Steps
Multisystemic Therapy: Theory, Research, and Practice
Theoretical Underpinnings
Clinical Features
Outcome Studies
Current and Future Directions
Reclaiming a Family-Centered Services Reform Agenda
The Waning of the Family-Centered Services Reform Movement
Revitalizing the Family-Centered Services Reform Movement
Shaping the Future of Family-Centered Services: Competition or Collaboration?
Threats from Without: Privatization and Managed Care
Threats from Within
Countervailing Forces
The Future of Family-Centered Services
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