The impossible imperative : navigating the competing principles of child protection

Berrick, Jill Duerr, author
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  • Creator Jill Duerr Berrick ; with Erika Altobelli [and 14 others]
  • Format Books
  • Contributors
  • Publication New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2018]
  • Physical Details
    • xiii, 244 pages ; 25 cm
  • ISBNs 9780190678142, 0190678143
  • OCLC ocn993648518


  • "The Impossible Imperative brings to life the daily efforts of child welfare professionals working on behalf of vulnerable children and families. Stories that highlight the work, written by child welfare staff on the front lines, speak to the competing principles that shape everyday decisions"--


  • Includes bibliographical references and index.


  • Child welfare: perilous territory for those who care -- Screening and assessment: who do we serve? -- Are they safe (enough)? -- The oldest debate in child welfare -- When we say "no" to family -- Fighting for "hard to place" kids -- The quest for a forever family -- Culture clash and the power of the state -- Whose voice counts? -- Contested principles on the front lines