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Administrative Unit: Criminal Justice Administration and Human Services Department
Course Prefix and Number: HUMS 390
Course Title: Child Welfare
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description: This course begins with an historical overview of child welfare services in American society, establishes a framework for both policy and practice, and examines current trends in the field of child welfare. Special emphasis is placed on evaluating the needs of high risk populations of children/youth and families. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s): Sophomore standing.
Course Rotation for Day Program: Offered Spring.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Many suitable textbooks are available from various publishers. The following is a list of possible choices, but it is certainly not comprehensive. Other texts may be judged by individual instructors to be more suitable. The textbook(s) chosen should include theory and practice technique appropriate for baccalaureate level practice.

Child Welfare and Family Services: Policies and Practice
By Downs, S. W.; E. Moore; E. J. McFadden; S. M. Michaud; and L. B. Costin (Allyn and Bacon)
Exploring Child Welfare: A Practice Perspective
By Crosson-Tower, C. (Allyn and Bacon)
Course Objectives
  • To explore the history and current trends of child welfare services in American society.
  • To explore the structure of policies, programs and services in the field of child welfare.
  • To understand the process of intake, investigation and risk assessment in child welfare.
  • To understand family-centered services and various treatment options.
    Measurable Learning
  • Describe historical and contemporary trends in child welfare services.
  • Identify major federal legislation that shapes child welfare policy.
  • Discuss the roles, responsibilities and expectations of family.
  • Define and discuss various types of child maltreatment and neglect.
  • Identify and discuss factors related to the causes of child maltreatment and neglect.
  • Discuss the effects of abuse and neglect.
  • Assess risk of child maltreatment and neglect.
  • Explain developmental and familial considerations in assessing children-at-risk.
  • Explain the conceptual framework for family-centered services.
  • Describe and evaluate community social service systems providing services to children in need of protective services.
  • Explain the role and functions of juvenile and family court systems.
    Topical Outline: Note: This class will emphasize writing in the APA format and students are expected to improve their research and writing skills.

  • Child welfare defined
  • Historical overview of family and child welfare services
  • The changing family
  • Current social problems and their impacts on children: poverty, violence, addiction and homelessness
  • Human and economic costs of child poverty
  • Teen pregnancy
  • Child maltreatment and neglect
  • Sexual abuse of children
  • Emotional abuse of children
  • Child fatalities
  • Family-centered services
  • Family preservation
  • Foster care
  • Adoption
  • Residential care
  • Permanency planning
  • The child and the court
  • History of the juvenile court
  • Court procedures
  • Juvenile delinquency
  • Rights and responsibilities of children, parents and guardians
  • Child advocacy

    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 35

    Library Resources:

    Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

    Prepared by: Michael Perkins Date: November 8, 2007
    NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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