Copyright: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0). It may be reproduced for non-commercial purposes, provided that the original author is credited.
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
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
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
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
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