ERIC Number: ED423063
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Best Interests and Family Preservation in America. Discussion Paper.
Schuerman, John R.
There has been widespread acceptance of the principles of family preservation as congruent with the best interests of children in situations of abuse and neglect. This paper discusses the "best interest" ideas articulated by Joseph Goldstein, Anna Freud, and Albert Solnit in the books "Before the Best Interests of the Child" and "Beyond the Best Interests of the Child." The paper compares those ideas with the principles underlying child welfare decision-making. These principles are: reasonable efforts, permanency planning, and the least restrictive alternative. The paper addresses some of the problems in the implementation of these principles, particularly as manifested in the family preservation ideal. The backlash against family preservation is considered, and some considerations for the reform of the child welfare system are suggested. (JPB)
Descriptors: Child Abuse, Child Neglect, Child Welfare, Family Life, Family Problems, Family Programs, Family Relationship, Family (Sociological Unit), Public Policy, Welfare Services
Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago, 1313 East 60th Street, Chicago, IL 60637; phone: 773-753-5900; fax: 773-753-5940.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Chicago Univ., IL. Chapin Hall Center for Children.