Integrated Services for Children and Families: Opportunities for Psychological Practice
- Overall, one in five children live in poverty; for children younger than six, the figure rises to about 25 percent.
- The median income of young families with children dropped 32 percent between 1973 and 1990.
- The United States has the highest divorce rate in the world, with about one half of all marriages ending in divorce. The majority of these involve children.
- In 1991, the poverty in female-headed single-parent families was 55 percent, more than five times that of married couple families.
- There are currently 2.7 million reports of child abuse and neglect per year.
These startling statistics (and many others like them) portray a society that has changed dramatically over the past 30 years. The needs and problems of children and families have never been greater, but the system of child-serving organizations (both public and private) has all but broken down in the face of this challenge. In part, this is attributable to lack of resources, but it is also due to fragmented, duplicative, and ineffective approaches. The system is badly in need of re-engineering.
Integrated Services for Children and Families: Opportunities for Psychological Practice describes promising new ways of meeting the complex needs of children and families, and in the process, transforming the way in which the service system works. Contributors to this book are internationally recognized program leaders and scholars with remarkable credentials. The book presents case studies of model programs in a wide range of settings and gives specific consideration to how psychological practitioners can work within the emerging system of care to enhance their own practice. This volume will be useful to a broad human services audience, including practitioners, trainers, administrators, and others who care about improving services to children and families.