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SOWK 4640  SOCIAL WORK IN CHILD WELFARE (3 credits)

This course examines the history, challenges, and issues of governmental intervention in families to protect at-risk children. The course concentrates on the effects of the 1980 federal legislation (PL 96-272) on child welfare delivery systems and practice. It provides a comprehensive overview of child welfare services, including child protective services, in-home services, foster care, group care, intergenerational childcare, and adoption. It also provides an overview of the juvenile justice system and its impact on children and their families.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Admission to the Bachelor of Science in Social Work (BSSW) program or permission of the Grace Abbott School of Social Work.