Placing Children in Context: Parents, Foster Care, and Poverty

WHAT IS RIGHT FOR CHILDREN 145 (Martha Albertson Fineman & Karen Worthington eds., 2009)

GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2012-100

GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 2012-100

27 Pages Posted: 24 Oct 2012

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Naomi Cahn

University of Virginia School of Law

Date Written: 2009

Abstract

This essay provides an overview of federal involvement in foster care, starting with the 1909 White House Conference on Dependent Care, to show the historical relationship between aid to children and in-home care. This historical look reveals a shift toward child rescue that amounts to an overreaction to a perceived bias towards family preservation.

This essay advocates a returned focus on children as members of an existing family within a larger community as the means for grounding the child welfare system. I suggest alternative approaches to the current abuse and neglect system that will keep children safe in their families. In doing so, I explore the many means for dissolving the perceived dichotomy: protecting children and preserving families.

Keywords: parents, foster care, poverty, family preservation, in-home care, abuse and neglect system, protecting children, preserving families

JEL Classification: J12, J13, K10

Suggested Citation

Cahn, Naomi R., Placing Children in Context: Parents, Foster Care, and Poverty (2009). WHAT IS RIGHT FOR CHILDREN 145 (Martha Albertson Fineman & Karen Worthington eds., 2009), GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2012-100, GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 2012-100, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2166320

Naomi R. Cahn (Contact Author)

University of Virginia School of Law ( email )

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