Examines the design and effectiveness of current governmental and community-based strategies for supporting at-risk children and strengthening their families. Begins by exploring conceptual and developmental frameworks for assessing child and family well-being. Draws on recent research on the developmental needs of children and adolescence as well as other literature and theory to identify the components of best practice for dealing with these children and families. Most of the course is devoted to assessing local and state initiatives in the areas of child welfare, juvenile justice, mental health and more general social services –to understand how they began, how they evolved, and how effective they are.
Also offered by the Graduate School of Education as H-307.