Rural Child Welfare Practice: Stories from the Field

ISBN : 9780190870423

Joanne Riebschleger; Barbara J. Pierce
240 ページ
156 x 235 mm

Rural Child Welfare Practice provides students and practitioners with case studies about rural people as a diverse group. Drawn from real stories of rural child welfare practice, this text displays lessons learned from people working in the services field of child welfare, while set within the geographic expanses of the fields of rural land. The casebook has 18 chapters illustrating rural child welfare practice rewards, challenges, strategies, and practice wisdom. Case vignettes include racial, ethnic, religious, sexual orientation, and rural diversity, with particular attention to working with Native Americans/American Indians as well as First Nation (Canada) and Aborigine (Australia) people. The book also covers a wide range of child welfare services - such as protective services, kinship care, and adoption - through a variety of perspectives. It is particularly useful for students, professionals, and educators exploring what today's rural child welfare experts say must happen to engage in effective rural child welfare practice with children and families.


Introduction; Joanne Riebschleger; Chapter 1: Rural Child Welfare Practice; Joanne Riebschleger and Barbara Pierce; Chapter 2: Theories for Rural Child Welfare; Barbara Pierce; Chapter 3: Poverty, Pavement, and Paying Attention: Rural Child Welfare Practice in the American Great Plains; Debra Norris; Chapter 4: Matchmaker, Matchmaker, Make Me a Match: Rural Resource Family and Child Matching; Heather Craig-Oldsen; Chapter 5: Cultural Humility within Rural-Practice Wisdom; Debra Norris; Chapter 6: Adoption Social Work in Rural New England; Barbara Pierce; Chapter 7: Working with Aboriginal Families in Canada; Khadija Khaja; Chapter 8: A New Social Ill in Ishpeming; Joanne Riebschleger; Chapter 9: On Your Country: Living and Working Respectfully with Aboriginal Families in Rural Australia; Rochelle Hine; Chapter 10: Rural Social Work in a Native American Community; Toni Hail; Chapter 11: Providing Services to Children of Recent Military Veterans; Andrea Kephart; Chapter 12: Domestic Violence Post-Deployment: The Case of the Martin Family; Steven M. Hyer; Chapter 13: Child Welfare: Two Kingdoms Collide; Susie Touchton Cashwell; Chapter 14: Coming-Out in Rural America: The Case of Emilio Hernandez; Richard Brandon-Friedman and Gail Folaron; Chapter 15: Technology and Child Welfare Practice: Lessons from Montana; Charlie Wellenstein; Chapter 16: Foster-Care Stigma and Ethical Boundary Violations in the Rural Child Welfare Workplace; Angelique Day; Chapter 17: Rural Relationship, Resources, and Rhythms: A Child Welfare Training Program Learns about Workforce Development for (and from) Rural and Tribal Child Welfare Workers; Katharine Cahn and Michelle Warden; Chapter 18: Secondary Trauma Prevention in Rural Child Welfare: Professionals' Self-Care Strategies; Joanne Riebschleger and Barbara Pierce; Index


Joanne Riebschleger, PhD, LMSW, ACSW is an Associate Professor at the School of Social Work at Michigan State University. She grew up in northern rural Michigan. For over two decades, she practiced rural social work with children and families. She is a consultant to a national child welfare workforce development project and served as past vice president to the National Rural Social Work Caucus. She has been a social work educator for nearly two decades.; Barbara Pierce, Ph.D., LCSW, ACSW is an Associate Professor at the Indiana University School of Social Work. She has over 30 years of social work experience working with children, youth, and families. Despite her city upbringing and education, she practiced for most of her career in small towns and rural communities in Indiana and Louisiana and has developed a deep respect for those communities and the people who live in them. She has been a social work educator for 17 years.