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Shattered bonds : the color of child welfare

Author: Dorothy E Roberts
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, ©2002.
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"The first book in 30 years to consider the devastating social consequences of the overwhelming numbers of black children in the child-welfare system." "The story of foster care in the United States is the story of the failure of the social safety net to aid poor, largely black, parents in their attempt to make a home for their children. Shattered Bonds tells this story as no other book has before - from the  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Dorothy E Roberts
ISBN: 0465070582 9780465070589 0465070590 9780465070596 9780465073 9789780465070
OCLC Number: 47696562
Description: x, 341 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction: Facing the racial reality of child welfare --
pt. 1: Destroying Black families in the name of child protection. The color of America's child welfare system. The system's inferior treatment of Black children. Tracing the disparity to Black child poverty. Is racism the cause? The system's fundamental flaw. A racist institution? --
pt. 2: The new politics of child welfare. The assault on family preservation. Why family preservation fails. Is adoption the answer? Welfare reform: Ending aid to poor children. Locking up parents and children --
pt. 3: The system's racial harm. Protection of family rights. A Theory of group-based harm. Conclusion: Child welfare and social justice.
Responsibility: Dorothy Roberts.
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"This is the untold story behind the horror stories and the headlines. Everyone who cares about children should read this eye-opening, powerfully argued book."--Katha Pollitt, The Nation  Read more...

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