- Nina Bernstein, The
Lost Children of Wilder: The Epic Struggle to Change Foster Care
- Malcolm Bush, Families
in Distress: Public, Private and Civic Responses (University of
California Press, 1988).
- E.P. Jones, Where is
Home? Living Through Foster Care (Four Walls Eight Windows, 1990).
- Leroy Pelton, For
Reasons of Poverty: A Critical Analysis of the Public Child Welfare
System in the United States (Praeger: 1989).
- Dorothy Roberts,
Shattered Bonds: The Color of Child Welfare (Basic Civitas Books: 2002).
- Lizbeth B. Schorr,
Within Our Reach: Breaking the Cycle of Disadvantage (Anchor
- Lizbeth B. Schorr,
Common Purpose: Strengthening Families and Neighborhoods to Rebuild
America (Anchor Press/Doubleday: 1997).
- Richard Wexler,
Wounded Innocents: The Real Victims of the War Against Child Abuse
(Prometheus Books: 1990).
- Analysis of ASFA:
NCCPR Executive Director Richard Wexler's analysis of the so- called
Adoption and Safe Families Act was published in the New England Law Review
and is available on the Review's website, in pdf format, here.
- Akka Gordon, "Taking
Liberties," City Limits, December, 2000. A former caseworker
for the child protection agency in New York City describes how the
agency really works.
- Alyssa Katz,
"Impaired Judgment," City Limits, February 1999.
- Kim Nauer,
"Guilty Until Proven Innocent," City Limits (New York, N.Y.)
NEWSPAPER STORIES AND SERIES:
- After a child died in
foster care in Springfield, Missouri, the Springfield News-Leader began
looking for solutions. The newspaper produced an extensive package of news
stories and commentary about the successful transformation of child welfare
in Alabama. Stories include: Work
to keep families together, Alabama
workers: To get it right, work from ground up, and Panel
of everyday people looks for trends, keeps watch on work. The entire
series, including portions that may not be on the News-Leader website, is
available from NCCPR.
Post-Gazette reporter Barbara White Stack has been given rare access to
court hearings in child abuse and neglect cases that normally are closed
to press and public. The result has been several important stories,
values: Court, CYF show preference for reuniting families over foster
care (November 17, 2002) and Caseworkers
can Make or Break a Family (October 13, 2002)
- Barbara White Stack, When
the Bough Breaks, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Dec. 12 - 15, 1999.
- Michael Gougis,
"Protected to Death: L.A. County's child-protective agency said
Debra Reid was a bad mother, so it took away her 9-year-old son
Jonathan. Six weeks later, he was dead." New Times, Los Angeles,
October 8, 1998. This newspaper is no longer in business. A copy of the
article is available from NCCPR.
- Sally Kestin,
"Throwaway Kids", a series on the horrors of Florida's
orphanages, a.k.a. "Residential Treatment Centers," Ft.
Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, Nov. 7 - 10, 1999.
- Karen Houppert,
"Victimizing the Victims," Village Voice, June 15, 1999.
- Karen Houppert,
"Crisis in Family Court," Village Voice, April 20, 1999.
- Julie Jargon, "Baby
Formula: Take one Mexican father, one drug-addicted mother, and a
pair of foster parents. Take away one baby." Westword, Denver,
Colorado, September 7, 2000. Also, see the follow-up
- Dara Colwell, "Adorable
and Adoptable: a spate of new laws and financial incentives has made
it easier (and more profitable) for Child Protective Services to take
ostensibly abused kids away from their parents. But has the new system
for fast-tracking adoptions gone too far, too fast?" Metro, San
Jose, California, July 13, 2000.
- Jason Method,
"Problems at DYFS: Years lost in foster care" Asbury Park,
N.J. Press, October 8, 2000.
- Tracy Weber,
"Caretakers Routinely Drug Foster Children," and
"Prescription for Tragedy," Los Angeles Times, May 17, 1998.
- Debra Jasper and
Elliot Jaspin, "Foster Care's Castoff Children," Dayton Daily
News, Sept. 26-29, 1999.
- Jim Okerblom and John
Wilkens, "In the Best Interest of the Child?" San Diego Union,
Dec. 9, 1991.
- Lisa Demer,
"Nobody's Child," Tampa Tribune, August 15 - 18, 1993.
- Kent Pollock,
"The Child Protectors," Sacramento Bee, Aug. 4, 1986.
- William Heffernan and
Stewart Ain, "Big Money, Little Victims" (Title of first story
in untitled six-part series on New York City foster care system) New
York Daily News, May 13-18 1975. Though this series is over 20 years
old, regrettably it is not out of date.
- Making Child Welfare
Work: How the R.C. Lawsuit Forged New Partnerships to Protect Children
and Sustain Families, (Washington, DC: Bazelon
Center for Mental Health Law, 1998).
- Office of the New York
City Public Advocate, Justice Denied: The Crisis in Legal
Representation of Birth Parents in Child Welfare Proceedings. May
- Martin Guggenheim,
"The Effects of Recent Trends to Accelerate the Termination of
Parental Rights of Children in Foster Care -- An Empirical Analysis in
Two States," Family Law Quarterly, Vol. 29, No. 1, Spring 1995.
- The 1991-92 San Diego
County Grand Jury spent a year investigating that county's child
protective system with extraordinary thoroughness. The portrait painted
by their reports is frightening. Though they focused on only one county,
the system in San Diego is typical of the operations of child protective
services throughout the United States.
Reports include: Report No.2,
Families in Crisis, Feb. 6, 1992; Report No.6, The Case of Alicia W., June
23, 1992 ; Report No.7, The Crisis in Foster Care, June 29, 1992; Report
No.8, Child Sexual Abuse, Assault, and Molest Issues, June 29, 1992; and
Families in Crisis -- Supplement, June 29, 1992. This last report documents
what the Grand Jury viewed as a remarkable willingness by authorities in San
Diego to respond to the Grand Jury's findings and try to change the system.
Reports are available from the
Grand Jury, County of San Diego, 1420 Kettner Blvd., Suite 310, San Diego CA
92101-2432. (619) 236-2675.
- Karen Benker and James
Rempel, Inexcusable Harm: The Effect of Institutionalization on Young
Foster Children in New York City (May, 1989). Public Interest Health
Consortium for New York City. This report is out of print, but available
through the coalition.
- The Annie E. Casey
Foundation has an extensive website devoted to its comprehensive child
welfare reform initiative Family
to Family. The initiative is based on the principle that "the
first and best resource for partners in the difficult work of child
welfare are the communities and neighborhoods from which children are
coming into care."
- The website for the Bazelon Center for Mental Health
Law includes a child
welfare section featuring a detailed discussion of the center's
pioneering reform litigation in Alabama.
- Child Welfare Watch
tracks the child welfare crisis in New York City. It is available online
or by subscription from the Center for an Urban Future, 120 Wall Street
(20th Floor) New York, NY 10005 (212) 479-3344