The effectiveness of child welfare services for poor, neglected children

A review of the empirical evidence

Paul R. Smokowski, John S. Wodarski

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

15 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

This article attempts to formulate a comprehensive assessment of the effectiveness of child welfare services. First, factors that would put a family at risk of child welfare service intervention are examined. Then various levels of service intervention, including family preservation, foster care, group care, and residential treatment, are analyzed. Because they are arguably the fastest growing population with the greatest needs, neglected and abused children whose family backgrounds involve multiple problems are focused on as the yardstick for judging program effectiveness. Finally, social work research and practice applications are discussed and recommendations are given.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)504-523
Number of pages20
JournalResearch on Social Work Practice
Volume6
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1996
Externally publishedYes

Fingerprint

Child Welfare
child welfare
Residential Treatment
evidence
Program Evaluation
work research
Social Work
social work
Research
Population
Group

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

Cite this

The effectiveness of child welfare services for poor, neglected children : A review of the empirical evidence. / Smokowski, Paul R.; Wodarski, John S.

In: Research on Social Work Practice, Vol. 6, No. 4, 1996, p. 504-523.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

@article{c3399cd304e140d0ae87a17743711534,
title = "The effectiveness of child welfare services for poor, neglected children: A review of the empirical evidence",
abstract = "This article attempts to formulate a comprehensive assessment of the effectiveness of child welfare services. First, factors that would put a family at risk of child welfare service intervention are examined. Then various levels of service intervention, including family preservation, foster care, group care, and residential treatment, are analyzed. Because they are arguably the fastest growing population with the greatest needs, neglected and abused children whose family backgrounds involve multiple problems are focused on as the yardstick for judging program effectiveness. Finally, social work research and practice applications are discussed and recommendations are given.",
author = "Smokowski, {Paul R.} and Wodarski, {John S.}",
year = "1996",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "6",
pages = "504--523",
journal = "Research on Social Work Practice",
issn = "1049-7315",
publisher = "SAGE Publications Inc.",
number = "4",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - The effectiveness of child welfare services for poor, neglected children

T2 - A review of the empirical evidence

AU - Smokowski, Paul R.

AU - Wodarski, John S.

PY - 1996

Y1 - 1996

N2 - This article attempts to formulate a comprehensive assessment of the effectiveness of child welfare services. First, factors that would put a family at risk of child welfare service intervention are examined. Then various levels of service intervention, including family preservation, foster care, group care, and residential treatment, are analyzed. Because they are arguably the fastest growing population with the greatest needs, neglected and abused children whose family backgrounds involve multiple problems are focused on as the yardstick for judging program effectiveness. Finally, social work research and practice applications are discussed and recommendations are given.

AB - This article attempts to formulate a comprehensive assessment of the effectiveness of child welfare services. First, factors that would put a family at risk of child welfare service intervention are examined. Then various levels of service intervention, including family preservation, foster care, group care, and residential treatment, are analyzed. Because they are arguably the fastest growing population with the greatest needs, neglected and abused children whose family backgrounds involve multiple problems are focused on as the yardstick for judging program effectiveness. Finally, social work research and practice applications are discussed and recommendations are given.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=21444441228&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=21444441228&partnerID=8YFLogxK

M3 - Article

VL - 6

SP - 504

EP - 523

JO - Research on Social Work Practice

JF - Research on Social Work Practice

SN - 1049-7315

IS - 4

ER -