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Welfare Reform on the Web (September 2002): Child Welfare - Overseas

CHALLENGES IMPLEMENTING AND EVALUATING CHILD WELFARE DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS

D Brooks and L H Wind (editors)

Children and Youth Services Review, vol. 24, 2002, p. 379-558

In recent years there has been an increasing demand for outcome data on the effectiveness of child welfare demonstration projects in the USA. This special issue of the journal focuses on the challenges associated with implementing and evaluating these projects.

LOOKING FOR A BETTER WAY TO CARE FOR CHILDREN: CO-OPERATION BETWEEN THE STATE AND CIVIL SOCIETY IN CHINA

X Shang

Social Service Review, vol. 76, 2002, p. 203-228

About 50,000 orphaned or abandoned children, mainly disabled, form the most vulnerable group in Chinese society. Article looks at the new trend of using foster care instead of institutional care to look after these children.

PINING FOR ANSWERS

H Eriksson

Community Care, July 4th-10th 2002, p. 37

Norway is facing a rise in drug-related crime often involving children and young people. Article briefly reports on how recent reforms of its child welfare system will address this problem.

TAKING THE INITIATIVE: PROMOTING THE PARTICIPATION OF YOUNG PEOPLE IN PUBLIC DECISION MAKING IN THE USA

D Cutler

London: Carnegie Young People Initiative, 2002

Participation work in the USA tends to be put into five categories which are seen as giving young people progressively more authority. These are:

  • volunteering;
  • youth philanthropy;
  • leadership development training;
  • support for involvement in organisations at board level;
  • campaigning on social issues.

Report presents 40 case studies of young people's participation in the USA.

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