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Treating Families and Children in the Child Protective System Strategies for Systemic Advocacy and Family Healing

ISBN-10: 0415948703
ISBN-13: 9780415948708
Edition: 2004
Authors: Wes Crenshaw
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Description: Treating Families and Children in the Child Protective Systemis a journey through the praxis and culture of CPS, mapped by therapists working with the clients it is intended to serve. Using theory, strategies and compelling case studies, the author  More...

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Book details

List price: $65.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 3/25/2004
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 304
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Treating Families and Children in the Child Protective Systemis a journey through the praxis and culture of CPS, mapped by therapists working with the clients it is intended to serve. Using theory, strategies and compelling case studies, the author argues that child abuse and neglect are ultimate forms of family injustice and that no intervention can succeed if it does not restore justice to the relationship between victims and offenders. Instead, CPS often supplants the natural family with foster care, thus avoiding these issues and in many cases creating an entirely new level of injustice for child and family. While at times helpful, family preservation strategies typically focus on case management or solution focused cures, failing to address the deeply engrained family injustice expressed in the abuse of children. The author offers neither a simple critique of the system and exoneration of families, nor a disparaging attack on those who mistreat their young. Instead he proposes that criticallyoptimistic therapists, evaluators, court officers and caseworkers approach each case as family-friends with powerful tools to make real and lasting change thereby directing the overwhelming power of the system into a force for the restoration of family justice.

Series editor's foreword
Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Turning points
Justice themes in family therapy
Curative factors and obstacles to change
Contrition, forgiveness, and the restoration of justice
The power of apology
I never heard you cry before
Navigating the child protective system
Family-friendly therapy and evaluation : priorities and process
Tracks and strategies in the foster care crisis
You can't fight the system
Defending September
Ringing the bell : integrating contrition into an existing program of treatment for offenders and victims of abuse
Epilogue
References
Index

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