Exploring Child Welfare: A Practice Perspective, 7th Edition

Cynthia Crosson-Tower

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Exploring Child Welfare: A Practice Perspective, 7th Edition

By Cynthia Crosson-Tower
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For courses in Child Welfare (Social Work / Family Therapy / Human Services).

This practical, engaging, and informative book provides a comprehensive look at child welfare services and what can be done to best help children and families in today’s society.


The 7th Edition looks through the lens of trauma-informed care, stressing the importance of ensuring that children experience no further trauma while services are being explored.


The text emphasises the practice perspective and features numerous case examples that allow students to get a real-life look at the population they will be serving. References to applicable social work competencies appear throughout the book to help guide readers in learning how the competencies apply to practice situations. The new edition also features a new chapter on trauma-sensitive education and a new chapter on juvenile court services. 


Dr. Cynthia Crosson-Tower is a Professor Emerita, at Fitchburg State University, where she taught for 24 years also founding and serving as the Director of the Child Protection Institute there. She has consulted to schools, churches and social agencies and maintains a private practice, Harvest Counseling and Consultation, specialising in the treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, especially in survivors of abuse and perpetrators of sexual abuse. She provides supervision to other professionals, and offers workshops and training both nationally and internationally for educators and other human service professionals.

  • A comprehensive look at the full range of services available for children and families.
  • Students are exposed to the whole range of child and family services, providing invaluable help for determining what is of most interest for a future career.
  • An emphasis on the practice perspective, rather than theory or policy shows students what it would actually be like to work in the field.
  • Case examples and first person accounts bring the material to life and give it real meaning.
  • An easy, enjoyable reading style presents the material in a way that keeps students interested in learning as future professionals.
  • A look at how services can be approached from the perspective of supplementing family life, supporting family life, or substituting for family life is provided.
  • Services are viewed through the lens of trauma-informed care, the state-of-the-art means of delivering human services today, better preparing students for the workplace.
  • A new chapter on trauma-sensitive education (Ch. 6) helps students understand how to educate these children while avoiding exposing all children to trauma as they are educated.
  • A newly written chapter on juvenile court services (Ch. 9) is written by an attorney well versed in such services and includes the numerous recent changes in court services.

Clarification of the ideas throughout using a number of helpful aids, among them:

  • First-person accounts enlighten students as to how services have or can be used.
  • Charts and figures appear throughout where appropriate.
  • End-of-chapter Exploration Questions ensure understanding.
  • Learning Outcomes for each section appear at the beginning of each chapter to provide students with a goal for their learning.
  • Chapter Outlines help students anticipate what material will be covered in each chapter.
Table of contents
  • Chapter 1. Children: Our Most Important Resource
  • Chapter 2. The Changing Family
  • Chapter 3. Children and Families in Poverty - by Lynne Kellner and Kathleen Craigen
  • Chapter 4. The Impact of Violence and Addiction on Children
  • Chapter 5. Children Against the Backdrop of War: Addressing the Needs of Military Families
  • Chapter 6. Trauma-Sensitive Educational Settings - by Laura M. Garofoli
  • Chapter 7. Child Abuse and Neglect: Protecting Children When Families Cannot
  • Chapter 8. Family Preservation or Child Placement? Serving the Child’s Best Interests - by Lynne Kellner and Cynthia Crosson-Tower
  • Chapter 9. Juvenile Court Justice: Promoting the Rights and Welfare of Children and Families - by Catherine C. Sinnott
  • Chapter 10. Teenage Pregnancy and Parenting - by Lynne Kellner
  • Chapter 11. Children in Family Foster Care
  • Chapter 12. The Adoption of Children
  • Chapter 13. Children in Residential Settings
  • Chapter 14. Our Children’s Future