This nonjudgmental, inclusive, and far-reaching text focuses on the diverse patterns of family structure prevalent in our society today. Family Diversity presents empirical research on the internal dynamics, social environments, support factors, prevalence of discrimination, and common stereotypes that account for the issues surrounding current family relations. By examining the history and nature of foster and adoptive, single-parent, lesbian/gay, step- and grandparent family units, Pauline Irit Erera is able to challenge both the idealized family prototype and the hegemony of the traditional structure. 

Foster Families

Foster families

Foster care is a temporary arrangement, usually made by a state or municipal child welfare agency, that places a child from an abusive or poverty-stricken home in the care of a foster family. Foster care is the nation's leading form of substitute care (Denby & Rindfleisch, 1996). There were 568,000 children infoster homes asof September 1999 (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2000).

Foster and substitute care are regarded as the last resort for troubled families. The Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act of 1980 (Public Law 96-272) and the Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997 (Public Law 105-89) require caseworkers to make reasonable efforts to prevent unnecessary removal of children from their birth families and help preserve the birth family. ...

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