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The Children’s Bureau

Shaping a Century of Child Welfare Practices, Programs, and Policies

By: Katharine Briar-Lawson PhD, LMSW, Nancy S. Dickinson, MSSW, PhD, Mary McCarthy, PhD, LMSW

Publication date: 2013
ISBN: 978-0-87101-465-8

This edited book on the Children’s Bureau and child welfare delineates legacies and highlights the ways in which the Children’s Bureau, launched in 1912, has influenced modern-day child welfare practices. Originally in the Department of Labor, the Children’s Bureau has a century-long legacy linked to the social work profession. This book also charts future agendas and innovations that may guide more effective practice, programming, and policies. Ultimately, this book will serve as a testimonial to the durability of the Children's Bureau, the changing nature of the challenges addressed, and the ongoing leadership role of social work.

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This edited book on the Children’s Bureau and child welfare delineates legacies and highlights the ways that the Children’s Bureau has influenced modern-day child welfare practices. As a centennial marker in honor of the Children’s Bureau, this book also charts future agendas and innovations that may guide more effective practice, programming, and policies. Indeed, social workers launched the Children’s Bureau in 1912. Originally in the Department of Labor, the Children’s Bureau has a century-long legacy linked to the social work profession. Ultimately, this book will serve as a testimonial to the durability of the Children’s Bureau, the changing nature of the challenges addressed, and the ongoing leadership role of social work.

The authors represent social work leaders in the field in child welfare policy, practice, and research. The book builds on NASW’s legacy and support for reprofessionalization, research, and publications on child welfare and families in poverty. The chapters address the historical antecedents for a practice, program, or policy issue; the role of the Children’s Bureau; and wherever possible, evidence-informed principles, if not blueprints, to guide future practice, programs, and policy. In addition, as appropriate, each chapter addresses the role of social work and implications for future educational and professional social work reforms. NASW and sister organizations such as the Council on Social Work Education, the Child Welfare League of America, and the Alliance for Children and Families offer visionary briefs charting future commitments and agendas for the 21st century.

Pages: 360
Language: English
Publisher: NASW PRESS
Edition: 1
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Katharine Briar-Lawson PhD, LMSW

Katharine Briar-Lawson PhD, LMSW, is dean, professor, and co-principal investigator, national Child Welfare Workforce Institute, School of Social Welfare, University at Albany, State University of New York.

Nancy S. Dickinson, MSSW, PhD

Nancy S. Dickinson, MSSW, PhD, is clinical professor and director, National Child Welfare Workforce Institute, School of Social Work, University of Maryland, Baltimore.

Mary McCarthy, PhD, LMSW

Mary McCarthy, PhD, LMSW, is director, Social Work Education Consortium and coprincipal investigator, National Child Welfare Workforce Institute, School of Social Welfare, University at Albany, State University of New York.