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Book Reviews
October 2000

The Foster Care Crisis: Translating Research Into Policy and Practice

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edited by Patrick A. Curtis, Grady Dale Jr, and Joshua C. Kendall, 272 pp, with illus, $19.95, ISBN 0-8032-6399-6, Lincoln, Neb, University of Nebraska Press, 1999.


Copyright 2000 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2000

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2000;154(10):1065. doi:10.1001/archpedi.154.10.1065

Editor Patrick Curtis, Director of Research at the Child Welfare League of America, Washington, DC, notes in his introduction that the current foster care crisis results from

a number of complex and chronic social problems that generate at-risk children, families who cannot protect their children from harm, and the need for foster care services.

He defines the crisis as the problem of "too many children . . . staying in foster care for too long a time." The chapters that follow describe in great detail what is known about social factors contributing to foster care placement, new advances in tracking individual children's paths through the system, characteristics and special needs of children in placement, and potential impacts of welfare reform legislation on foster care's future. Although health care issues are not the book's primary focus, pediatricians and mental health care practitioners will find particularly interesting its specific discussions of the need for medical and mental health screenings for children entering foster care and analysis of the use of mental health services by this population.

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