This graduate seminar explores current research and theory on clinical and policy issues in child welfare. The seminar seeks to bridge the gap that has often separated clinical and policy issues, as well as span the division between traditional child welfare services and other child and youth service systems. Clinical child welfare issues are best understood in terms of the social and institutional frameworks that define them. Likewise, child welfare policy should be guided by a thorough understanding of children’s needs and of the effectiveness of available services and supports.
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