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Fragile Families, Fragile Solutions A History of Supportive Services for Families in Poverty

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ISBN-10: 023110667X

ISBN-13: 9780231106672

Edition: 1999

Authors: Robert Halpern

List price: $35.00
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How has America's social welfare network benefited families living in poverty? In what ways has it failed to provide for their needs? The system of social welfare in the United States has been in place for most of this century-and although it has had lasting impact on the lives of many people in need, it is far from perfect in its handling of the nation's poor. Fragile Families, Fragile Solutions presents a historical perspective on one of the central components of the U.S. social welfare network-family services-and provides a unique look at the advances this service network has achieved, problems it has confronted, and where it is likely to go in the future. Beginning with an exploration of the nineteenth-century roots of family services and the emergence of family casework at the beginning of this century, Halpern ranges through the 1920s and 1930 charting the influence of psychoanalytic theory in social service work and government responses to the Depression. He surveys the following two decades, when policymakers attempted to respond to changing inner-city populations. An extended section focuses on the 1960 a critical reform period. Covering a wide spectrum of contemporary issues in policy and organization, as well as escalating crises in such areas as child welfare, Halpern brings readers up to date on this complex subject. Offering policy recommendations for the future, Halpern inspires social workers and policymakers alike with a symbolic goal of constructing a more positive vision of the potential of social services, and a pragmatic objective of designing an efficient, effective family services network to care for Americans in greatest need of support.
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Book details

List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 9/25/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 312
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

The Emergence of Supportive Social Services
Formative Strands: Settlements, Casework, and Mothers'
Aid Trial by Fire
The Quiet Before the Next Storm Service
Reform as a War on Poverty Developments in Aid to Families with Dependent Children
The 1970s: Struggle for Renewal in a Shifting Environment Retrenchment Without Renewal New Paradigms, Old Problems Where to From Here?