Molly McGrath Tierney
To Prevent Child Abuse: Replace the “Public Health Approach” with a Social Justice Approach
Consider two approaches to working with troubled children and families. Approach #1 is embodied in a paragraph from a column in The Chronicle in which the author cites what she sees as barriers to working with children in foster care: “When foster parents said they could not, and our overworked paraprofessionals were unavailable, I had to take my clients to the doctor, dentist, therapist and for family visits.
Need Evidence That Child Welfare Sees Poverty as Neglect? Step One: Look
When Sean Hughes and I debated whether it would be a good idea to massively increase spending on foster care, Hughes wrote: If you look at the data, it’s hard to see any evidence of there being a pattern of foster care entry due solely to material deprivations of poverty. Presumably he means the data other than — The three separate studies since 1996 that found 30 percent of America’s foster children could be safely in their own homes right now if their birth parents had safe, affordable housing.