Duncan Lindsey, a leading authority on child welfare, takes a critical look at the current child welfare system, finding that the current emphasis on abuse has produced a system that serves largely as a last resort for only the worst and most dramatic cases in child welfare. He makes a compelling argument for the criminal justice system to assume responsibility for the problem of child abuse in order for the child welfare system to address the well-being of a much larger number of children now growing up in poverty. This new edition of The Welfare of Children is a compassionate blueprint for the comprehensive reform of the child welfare system and is sure to spark serious debate about a major public policy issue facing our society.

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