Transforming Child Welfare
Interdisciplinary Practices, Field Education, and Research
ISBN: 978-0-88977-451-3
Year: 2016
Pages: 352
Binding: Paperback

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Canada has among the highest rate of children in foster care in the developed world—a national tragedy that has its roots in poverty, residential schooling, and other forms of colonialism.

Tackling the "wicked" and intransigent problems of child abuse and neglect, as well as FASD, encountered by social workers, educators, health care workers, and others, Transforming Child Welfare turns a close eye on systemic issues within the child welfare system. Reflecting on previous strengths, and integrating research evidence with practical experience, the contributors to this volume provide professionals with best practice solutions that can be applied in different contexts.

Table of Contents

Foreword – Brad McKenzie

From the Editors


Introduction – H. Monty Montgomery

I. Policy

Chapter 1: Transforming child welfare in Canada into a stronger child rights-based system – Marvin Bernstein

Chapter 2: Forms and strategies for interdisciplinary and interprofessional collaboration in child welfare – Judy Gillespie

Chapter 3: Saskatchewan First Nations: Researching ourselves back to life – Shelley Thomas-Prokop, A.J. Felix, Patsy Felix, Margaret Kovach, and H. Monty Montgomery

II. Practice

Chapter 4: The essential role of harm reduction in child welfare practice – Peter Choate

Chapter 5: Strengthening children’s capacity to cope with separation, loss, and uncertain futures: Action steps for front-line practice – Sharon McKay

Chapter 6: Aligning practice, ethics and policy: Adopting a harm reduction approach in working with high-risk children and youth – Peter Smyth

III. Research

Chapter 7: Prioritizing children in care with FASD: Why prevalence matters – Don Fuchs and  Linda Burnside

Chapter 8: Lessons learned from Community-Based Research to anti-oppressive HIV training for child welfare workers – Saara Greene, Doe O’Brien-Teengs, Gary Dumbrill, Allyson Ion , Kerrigan Beaver, Megan Porter and Marisol Desbiens

Chapter 9: Racialized child welfare workers’ perspectives of their histories and experiences when working with diverse families – Daniel Kikulwe

Chapter 10: Community engaged research with youth transitioning to adult in (ter) dependence from government care – Marie Lovrod, Darlene Domshy and Stephanie Bustamante

Chapter 11: Narrative threads in the accounts of women with learning difficulties who have been criminalized – Elly Park, David McConnell, Vera Caine and Joanne Minaker

IV. Teaching

Chapter 12: The caregiver curriculum on FASD: Transforming practice through knowledge and education – Dorothy Badry, Deborah Goodman, and Jamie Hickey

Chapter 13: Distance delivery in Social Work education to support child welfare practice – Jim Mulvale

Epilogue – Dorothy Badry and Daniel Kikulwe



Subject Index

Author Index

Daniel Kikulwe

Daniel Kikulwe is assistant professor in the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Regina.

H. Monty Montgomery

H. Monty Montgomery is an assistant professor with the University of Regina Faculty of Social Work in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Dorothy Badry

Dorothy Badry is an associate professor in the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Calgary.

Don Fuchs

Don Fuchs is a full professor in the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Manitoba and a founding member of the Prairie Child Welfare Consortium.
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