This text presents a model of practice that stems from the goodness-of-fit between the child's needs (physical, developmental, social-emotional) and the parent's ability to adequately meet those needs according to the prevailing norms of society. Samantrai integrates policy, human behavior theories, issues in practice, skills of practice, multiculturalism, child abuse and neglect, and she develops and refines these concepts into the skills specifically needed by those working in public child welfare.
Part I. THE PHILOSOPHICAL AND LEGAL CONTEXT OF PRACTICE. 1. From Parents Patriae to Permanency Planning: The Philosophical and Legal Context of Goodness-of-Fit Model of Practice. 3. Assessment. 4. Investigating the First Report: Assessment in Emergency Response. 5. Maintaining Families: When Risk Exists, But Not Enough to Remove the Child From Home. 6. Reunifying Families: Bringing the Child Back From an Out-of-Home Placement. 7. When there is No Going Back: Finding an Alternate Permanent Family. 8. Intervention. Part III. 9. The Organizational Context of Practice.