About the Author(s)
Cathleen Lewandowski, PhD, MSW, is Professor and Director of the School of Social Work at Cleveland State University in Ohio. Her research interests include child welfare, substance abuse, and veterans' issues. She has practice experience in administration in children and family services, mental health, and military social work.
"Logically organized, with an integrative and holistic approach to child welfare, Lewandowski introduces the historical evolution and present practices of child welfare in the United States, providing constructive suggestions for future directions of this field." -- Yemo Duan, Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare
"This comprehensive, well-written text on child welfare will be a welcome addition to libraries and readers everywhere... Solid and readable, this book fills a significant void in the field. Though it is not flashy or overly engaging, this reviewer recommends it for anyone who has been searching for a single source for students to gain a thorough understanding of current child welfare policy and practice... Summing Up: Highly Recommended" -- CHOICE
"Ensuring the well-being of children who enter the child welfare system remains a complex and challenging task. Child Welfare: An Integrative Perspective provides a comprehensive and thorough review of this system's past, present, and future, with a focus on the need for a collaborative and multi-system approach to ensure positive outcomes for this vulnerable population of children. This is an essential text for those entering the child welfare workforce."
-Alan J. Dettlaff, PhD, MSSW, Dean and Maconda Brown O'Connor Endowed Dean's Chair, Graduate College of Social Work, University of Houston
"I found myself really interested once again in the history of the evolution of different aspects of the child welfare system. What a great lesson (and refresher) in understanding how we got to where we are today. I think this is going to make a great textbook for child welfare practitioners and others interested in understanding all of the dynamics associated with doing this work and doing it well. I know everyone who reads it will also appreciate the 'what do we do next.' Kudos to Cathleen for taking the great pains to weave it all together."
-Trista Piccola, PhD, Director, Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth & Families