“It is refreshing to see a book such as this which is both broad in its conceptualization of the field of child research and deep in its focus. The volume's editors are paragons of awareness when it comes to the need for interdisciplinary research and theory to illuminate the lives and experience of children.”

James Garbarino, Loyola University Chicago

“Covers a satisfying and unprecedentedly wide range of research relating to childhood. The contributors include many eminent international scholars of childhood, making the book a valuable resource for child researchers. Child advocates will also find the book to be invaluable in their efforts to improve children's well-being, and to change policies and practices for the better.”

Anne Smith, University of Otago

“A really scintillating collection that will provide a lasting perspective on child studies - stimulating and comprehensive!”

Jonathan Bradshaw, University of York

In keeping with global changes in children's social and legal status, this Handbook includes examination of children as family members, friends, learners, consumers, people of faith, and participants in law and politics. The contributors also discuss the methodological and ethical requirements for research that occurs in natural settings and that enables children themselves to describe their perspective.

The book is divided into three parts: Part I: Setting-Specific Issues in Child Research; Part II: Population-Specific Issues in Child Research; Part III: Methods in Research on Children and Childhood

Children Living Away from Home

Children living away from home


Children live away from their families and without the care of their parents for a range of reasons that vary in prevalence across developed and developing countries.1 In the developed world, the most common reasons are the forced removal of children from their family by the state because of abuse, neglect, or abandonment, and the relinquishment or voluntary placement of children by parents to an agency. Voluntary placements include respite care and the need for specialized care, especially for children with disabilities or serious medical conditions. Within developed countries, particular subpopulations (for example, First Nation peoples in North America, Aboriginal children in Australia, Maori in New Zealand, and African-American children in the USA) are significantly over-represented ...

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