Thursday, April 12, 2012


From the UBC Press, University of British Columbia comes this book now five years of age but topically relevant.

The publisher’s paragraph states:
“People, Politics, and Child Welfare in British Columbia traces the evolution of policies and programs intended to protect children in BC from neglect and abuse. Analyzing this evolution reveals that child protection policy and practice has reflected the priorities of politicians and public servants in power. With few exceptions, efforts to establish effective programs have focused on structural arrangements, staffing responsibilities, and rules to regulate the practice of child welfare workers.

Contributors to this book conclude that these attempts have been unsuccessful thus far because they have failed to address the impact of poverty on clients. The need to respect the cultural traditions and values of First Nations clients has also been ignored. Effective services require recognizing and remedying poverty’s impact, establishing community control over services, and developing a radically different approach to the day-to-day practice of child welfare workers.
People, Politics, and Child Welfare in British Columbia provides a crucial assessment of the state of child welfare in the province. Practitioners, scholars, and students in social work, child and youth care, education, and other human-service professions will find this book particularly important.”

People, Politics, and Child Welfare in British Columbia Leslie Thomas Foster   Brian Wharf  
$85.00 Hardcover
Release Date: 5/11/2007
ISBN: 9780774813723    

$30.95 Paperback
Release Date: 1/1/2008
ISBN: 9780774813730    

304 Pages


  1. It is in the local Vancouver Public library. politics and child welfare in british columbia

    If each removed child costs taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars for government care, how does the poverty argument figure in?

    if there are children left in poverty, they are presumabily known to the Ministry (MCFD processes these parents child tax credits) THEY are not neglected or unprotected and presumably not at risk, so why do some poverty-stricken children get elevated to a supposedly higher standard of living in foster care while others do not get this "opportunity."

  2. I picked this book up for $12.99 (hardcover) at the Book Warehouse closeout sale. If anyone is interested it would be worth a call to BW to see if they still have copies.

    Ron... thank you for your continued writing about this important issue!



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