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Social Work Research: Target Populations: Women, Children, The Elderly

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A selection of resources about the history, issues, characteristics, and policies relating to specific groups.

Target Populations: Women, Children & the Elderly

Women and Children


Violence Against Women - Federal Legislation and Regulations
From the Justice Department's Office on Violence Against Women.

Keeping Children and Families Safe Act of 2003


Orphans, Adoption and Foster Care

Rethinking Orphanages for the 21st Century. Richard B. McKenzie, editor. Thousand Oaks, Calif., Sage, 1999.
Dana Call Number: HV983.R48 1999

Adoption History Project
Rich collection of primary and secondary sources relating to the history of adoption in the United States. Includes a timeline, a section on important individuals and organizations, and essays, documents, and suggestions for further reading organized by Topics in Adoption History. Site maintained by Ellen Herman in the Department of History at the University of Oregon.

Adoption and Foster Care Statistics
From the Children's Bureau (CB), one of the bureaus within the Administration for Children and Families, of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Federal Foster Care Financing: How and Why the Current Funding Structure Fails to Meet the Needs of the Child Welfare Field. ASPE Issue Brief. Updated August 2005.

Frame, Laura. "Suitable Homes Revisited: An Historical Look at Child Protection and Welfare Reform," Children and Youth Services Review 21(9/10), 1999, 719-754.
"A review of selected events highlights the problems encountered when welfare-based social services attempt to perform a child protection function, problems that are particularly relevant given current concerns that welfare reform will intensify the poverty experienced by already precarious families."
Off-Campus AccessRutgers-restricted Access

Today's Children

The State of America's Children 2011
"A compilation of the most recent and reliable national and state-by-state data on poverty, health, child welfare, youth at risk, early childhood development, education, family income and gun violence." From the Children's Defense Fun

Children in New Jersey
Data from the Children's Defense Fund.

State Child Welfare Legislation 2007-2008. June 2009.
"The legislation described here reflects emerging issues and key legislative trends related to child welfare... The report also discusses new laws that address important issues in the child welfare field or institute substantial changes in child welfare practice or administration." From the National Conference of State Legislatures

America's Children 2011. Washington, D.C., Government Printing Office.
Annual reports from the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics.

Kids Count 2011
Project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, annually tracks the status of children in the U.S., nationally and state-by-state. New Jersey Profile. Also includes 2000 Census Data on children.

National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being (NSCAW) 1997-2010.
Survey mandated by the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996. Looks at the characterisitcs of the children and families that come into contact with the child welfare system; the pathways and services they experience while in the system; and the short and longer-term effects of the experience for these children and families.

Scarcella, Cynthia Andrews et. al. The Cost of Protecting Vulnerable Children IV: How Child Welfare Funding Fared During the Recession. Washington, D.C., The Urban Institute, 2004.
Examines "the amount states spent on child welfare activities in state fiscal year (SFY) 2002, the funding sources they used, how funds were used, and how funding has shifted since federal welfare reform and ASFA."

The Elderly

Some relevant subject headings that you can use in IRIS include:

Older People United States
Older People Services For United States
Aging United States
Older Americans 2010: Key Indicators of Well-Being
Washington, D.C., Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics. July 2010.
Chartbook relating to the health and well-being of Americans 65 and older.
A Profile of Older Americans, 2009
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Administration on Aging.
Innovation in the Aging Network: The Future of Social Services for Older Americans
Washington, D.C., Government Printing Office, 2006.
Hearing before the Special Committee on Aging, United States Senate, 109th Congress, 2d session, Washington, D.C., May 3, 2006.

Issues in Focus: Social Security Reform
Findings and links from the Urban Institute.

Gratton, Brian. " The Poverty of Impoverishment Theory: The Economic Well-Being of the Elderly, 1890-1950," Journal of Economic History 56(1), 1996, 39-61.
Off-Campus Link Restricted Access.

" Bush's House of Cards: The Privatization Fraud [Special section]," American Prospect 16(2), February 2005, p. A1-A23
Off-Campus Access Restricted Access

Hudson, Robert B. " The New Political Environment in Aging: Challenges to Policy and Practice," Families in Society 86(3). July/September 2005, 321-7.
Off-Campus Access Restricted Access

Data Sources on Older Americans 2009
"Highlights the contents of government-sponsored surveys and products containing statistical information about the older population."


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