Children Living in Transition: Helping Homeless and Foster Care Children and Families by Cheryl ZlotnickChildren Living in Transition: Helping Homeless and Foster Care Children and Families by Cheryl Zlotnick

Children Living in Transition: Helping Homeless and Foster Care Children and Families

EditorCheryl Zlotnick

Paperback | January 21, 2014

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Sharing the daily struggles of children and families residing in transitional situations (homelessness or because of risk of homelessness, being connected with the child welfare system, or being new immigrants in temporary housing), this text recommends strategies for delivering mental health and intensive case-management services that maintain family integrity and stability. Based on work undertaken at the Center for the Vulnerable Child in Oakland, California, which has provided mental health and intensive case management to children and families living in transition for more than two decades, this volume outlines culturally sensitive practices to engage families that feel disrespected by the assistance of helping professionals or betrayed by their forgotten promises. Chapters discuss the Center's staffers' attempt to trace the influence of power, privilege, and beliefs on their education and their approach to treatment. Many U.S. children living in impoverished transitional situations are of color and come from generations of poverty, and the professionals they encounter are white, middle-class, and college-educated. The Center's work to identify the influences or obstacles interfering with services for this target population is therefore critical to formulating more effective treatment, interaction, and care.

Cheryl Zlotnick is a principal investigator at the Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute. For the past twenty-five years, she has worked as a clinical nurse specialist, program coordinator, evaluator, director, and scientist to promote the health and well-being of children and families living in unstable, homeless, or transit...
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Title:Children Living in Transition: Helping Homeless and Foster Care Children and FamiliesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:264 pagesPublished:January 21, 2014Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231160976

ISBN - 13:9780231160971

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPart I. Theories of Practice with Transitional Families1. Transitional Families: Where Do I Begin?, by Cheryl Zlotnick and Luann DeVoss2. "We Don't Get Whuppings Here Anymore": Toward a Collaborative, Ecological Model of Parenting, by Marguerite A. Wright3. Giving Voice: An Exploration of the Integration of Social Justice and Infant Mental Health, by Erica Torres and Kathryn OrfirerPart II. Preparing the Organization for Its Work with Transitional Families4. Letting Some Air into the Room: Opening Agency Space for Considerations of Culture and Power, by Lisa R. Berndt5. Rediscovering Positive Work Relationships Within a Diverse Relationship-Based Organization: Serving Children in Transition, by Karen ThomasPart III. Promising Programs and Culturally Informed Interventions6. Transforming Shame: Allowing Memories in Foster Care to Inform Interventions with Foster Youth, by Lou Felipe7. Crossing the Border and Facing the System: Challenges Immigrant Families Experience When a Child Is Removed from Their Care and Placed into the Child Welfare System, by Rosario Murga-Kusnir8. "I Am Bad!", by Roberto Macias Sanchez9. "When Do I Get to Go Home?", by Peggy Pearson10. The CATS Project: Helping Families Land on Their Feet, by Vance HitchnerPart IV. Needs for the Future11. A Systems Dilemma: Intergenerational Foster Care and Homelessness, by Cheryl ZlotnickList of ContributorsIndex

Editorial Reviews

[The book] complements well developmental research.... But, it does much more as it provides compelling examples for other organizations and professionals to help foster children and families in need.