Family Preservation and Reunification: How Effective a Social Policy?. Richard J. Gelles, Ph.D. Professor and Dean School of Social Policy & Practice University of Pennsylvania. Facts and Factoids. The Campaign to Discredit Child Safety and Permanence as the Appropriate Child Welfare Policy.
Richard J. Gelles, Ph.D.
Professor and Dean
School of Social Policy & Practice
University of Pennsylvania
The Campaign to Discredit Child Safety and Permanence as the Appropriate Child Welfare Policy
A cluster of homicides or gruesome cases of abuse and neglect, abandoned babies, or “home alone” cases, or kidnappings, sparks interest in child abuse and neglect.
An epidemic, or
National estimates of 3,000,000 cases of abuse and neglect
A “growing problem”
50 to 60 % of child abuse and neglect reports are false
An unsubstantiated report is not the same as a false report
Child welfare agencies are much to quick to remove children from their homes, especially minority and poor children
Of children reported 6% are removed
Of investigations, 7.6% removed
Of substantiations, 20% removed
The foster care system is bursting at the seams because there are so many removals
Factoid: Children are more likely to be killed or injured in foster care than in their own homes
Intensive Family Preservation Services reduce placements, reduce costs, and keep children safe.
Intensive Family Preservation Services could reduce placements, reduce costs, and keep children safe if there were more money for services or if the services were implemented properly
More staff, fewer caseloads