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October 16, 2007

Foster Care and Welfare Reform

Kathleen Wells

Most children who are in foster care because of abuse or neglect come from poor families headed by single mothers who have historically relied upon welfare. While the child welfare system in the United States is dedicated to protecting children from maltreatment and returning foster children to their parents as soon as possible, public policies sometimes make this difficult.

Four studies by Kathleen M. Wells, Ph.D., associate professor of social work and psychology at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, reveal how the child welfare system is functioning under conditions of welfare reform.

Read more about Dr. Wells' research, or visit her faculty web page or her own research web page.