Foster Care in America: A Reference Handbook

by
Christina G. Villegasauthor

Christina Villegas, PhD, is associate professor of political science at California State University, San Bernardino.

Foster Care in America: A Reference Handbook

20220430

ABC-CLIO

Pages 320
Topics Social Services;Foster Parents;Foster Homes;Foster Children;Foster Care;Child Welfare;Child Neglect;Child Abuse;Adoption;Adoption by Foster Families;Forms of Foster Care Placement;Foster Care Homes;Foster Care Funding;Growing Up in Foster Care;Laws Regarding Placement in Foster Care

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Foster Care in America: A Reference Handbook

Author(s): Villegas, Christina;
Contributors: Villegas, Christina;
Abstract:

America's foster care system has a noble goal—to care for children that for various reasons can no longer be cared for by their families—but years of inattention and inadequate funding have left many foster youth in a precarious state.

This resource provides a comprehensive and authoritative overview of the American foster care system. Areas of coverage include the scaffolding of foster care systems in the various states (each of which operate their own unique systems through their social service agencies); conditions under which children are taken out of their families of origin and placed in foster care; the experiences of both young children and older teens in foster homes; challenges for foster children who "age out" of the system; and proposals to reform and improve foster care across the nation.

Geared for students, this book contains chapters devoted to the background and history of foster care in America; the systems's problems, controversies, and solutions; original essay contributions exploring various facets of the system; profiles of leading foster care activists and organizations; governmental data and excerpts of primary documents on the topic; and an annotated list of important books, scholarly journals, and nonprint sources for further research. It closes with a detailed chronology, glossary of terms, and subject index.


  • Provides a complete, accessible explanation of how the foster care system works
  • Emphasizes the experiences of children placed in foster care
  • Highlights efforts and proposals aimed at improving the experiences and outcomes for children and families interacting with America's child welfare system
  • Details the challenges that face foster children that "age out" of the system

SortTitle: foster care in america: a reference handbook
Keyword(s): Social Services; Foster Parents; Foster Homes; Foster Children; Foster Care; Child Welfare; Child Neglect; Child Abuse; Adoption; Adoption by Foster Families; Forms of Foster Care Placement; Foster Care Homes; Foster Care Funding; Growing Up in Foster Care; Laws Regarding Placement in Foster Care
Author Info:
Christina G. Villegasauthor

Christina Villegas, PhD, is associate professor of political science at California State University, San Bernardino.

eISBN-13: 9781440874307
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Print ISBN-13: 9781440874291
Imprint: ABC-CLIO
Pages: 320
Publication Date: 20220430
Series: Contemporary World Issues