The Book Of David: How Preserving Families Can Cost Children's Lives

The Book Of David How Preserving Families Can Cost Children s Lives Using the true story of a murdered child as a point of departure a leading expert on family violence argues that society s first priority must be protecting children rather than preserving families R

  • Title: The Book Of David: How Preserving Families Can Cost Children's Lives
  • Author: Richard J. Gelles
  • ISBN: 9780465053957
  • Page: 380
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Using the true story of a murdered child as a point of departure, a leading expert on family violence argues that society s first priority must be protecting children rather than preserving families.Richard Gelles was once one of the most widely published and vocal defenders of family preservation the social policy of keeping troubles families together as a primary goal.Using the true story of a murdered child as a point of departure, a leading expert on family violence argues that society s first priority must be protecting children rather than preserving families.Richard Gelles was once one of the most widely published and vocal defenders of family preservation the social policy of keeping troubles families together as a primary goal He then ran into the true and tragic case of David Edwards, an infant who was murdered by his mother after falling through the chasms in the child welfare system.David s story convinced Gelles that the system must change Nearly half the children who are killed by their parents each year are killed after they have come to the attention of child welfare agencies These children must be protected by getting them out of harm s way That means a radically new child welfare system must be developed The first priority must be to protect children rather than preserve families This hard hitting book critically examines family preservation programs and argues that they do not work Gelles goes beyond mere criticism of the child welfare system to suggest specific ways the system should be changed, such as eliminating mandatory reporting of abuse, giving better training to caseworkers, and separating the investigation of abuse from case management.

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    About “Richard J. Gelles

    • Richard J. Gelles

      Dr Gelles is an internationally known expert in domestic violence and child welfare He was influential in the passage of the Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997 Dr Gelles is the author of the highly influential book, The Violent Home, which was the first systematic investigation to provide empirical data on domestic violence His recent books, The Book of David How Preserving Families Can Cost Children s Lives and Intimate Violence in Families, Third Edition, have also made a significant impact in the study of child welfare and family violence He is the author of 24 books and than 100 articles, chapters and papers Most recently, Dr Gelles co authored Current Controversies on Family Violence 2005 with M Cavanaugh and D Loseke He is currently in the process of co authoring another text, Intimate Violence and Abuse in Families.

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