Nobody's Children: Abuse and Neglect, Foster Drift, and the Adoption Alternative

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Beacon Press, Nov 1, 2000 - Family & Relationships - 304 pages
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"An extraordinary book. Chilling, inspiring, and utterly convincing, it creates an ironclad case for the adoption solution." -Sylvia Ann Hewlett, coauthor of The War Against Parents "Bartholet sounds the alarm on the savage consequences the child welfare system has on so many children and challenges us to confront the reality that substance abuse . . . is the culprit in most cases of child abuse and neglect. Everyone who cares about our nation's most vulnerable children should read this book." -Joseph A. Califano, Jr., president, The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University "Blood and race remain the over-riding factors in determining the future of suffering children. This should be required reading for those who look on adoption as the last resort." -Mary McGrory, Washington Post columnist "Bartholet is a passionate crusader on behalf of children, and brings to her subject vigorous, clear-headed prose and the moral authority of her professional dedication." -Ann-Janine Morey, Chicago Tribune "Bartholet issues a strong challenge to the child welfare system to facilitate adoption of children who have been abused and neglected.All people concerned about the healthy development of children should read Nobody's Children. I highly recommend it." -Alvin F. Poussaint, M.D., clinical professor of psychiatry, Harvard Medical School "The way we treat abused and neglected children in this country remains a national scandal. Bartholet challenges the priority placed . . . on keeping battered or neglected children with their families or racial group, and makes a strong case for increased use of adoption." -Senator Howard M. Metzenbaum (ret.), author of the Multiethnic Placement Act "A disturbing look at how the lives of 'America's modern-day orphans' are sacrificed for the often unrealistic goal of keeping troubled families together. . . . The author makes her case intelligently, fearlessly, and exhaustively." -Kirkus Reviews Elizabeth Bartholet is a professor at Harvard Law School. Her first book, Family Bonds: Adoption, Infertility, and the New World of Child Reproduction, was called "brilliant . . . an intelligent and passionate exploration of the legal, racial, and psychological issues" by The New York Times Book Review. The mother of three boys, two of them adopted from Peru, she lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
  

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Reading this book, as research for a writing project, has left me aghast and in shock. I never realized that such abuse and neglect of children both in and out of “foster drift” existed. (It is so ... Read full review

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The book's jacket calls this an "intense look at child welfare policies on abuse and neglect." Precisely. Bartholet's subject is too weighty for casual reading and cannot be easily digested, but it ... Read full review

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Contents

Introduction
1
Kinship and Community
2
The RaceClass Problem
4
Blood Bias and Family Autonomy Politics
7
Two Stories of a Family at Risk for Child Maltreatment
8
New Directions for the Twentyfirst Century?
22
The inherited Tradition Parenting Rights and State Wrongs
33
Family Preservation Policies and Practices
38
Intervening Early with Home Visitation
163
The Promise
165
Some Pitfalls
169
Taking Adoption Seriously
176
Promising Initiatives of the Day
186
Some Pitfalls
192
Radical Revolution or Modest Revionism
203
Substance Abuse
207

The Politics
44
Lessons From the Battered Womens Movement
50
Politics for the Future
54
ModernDay Orphans
59
Underintervention Vs Overintervention
98
Traditional Programs Weather the Storm
113
Race Matching and Related Policies
123
New Programs Promote Traditional Ideas
141
The Traditional Systems Response
208
The Harm to Children
212
Pitfalls and Promise
217
Race Poverty and Historic Injustice
233
Notes
245
Index
293
Acknowledgments
303
Copyright

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Elizabeth Bartholet is a professor at Harvard Law School. Her first book, Family Bonds: Adoption, Infertility, and the New World of Child Reproduction, was called "brilliant . . . an intelligent and passionate exploration of the legal, racial, and psychological issues" by The New York Times Book Review. The mother of three boys, two of them adopted from Peru, she lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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