Master of Liberal Studies Research Papers

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Master of Liberal Studies (MLS)


In order to define effective child welfare practice with Latino families, one must begin with an understanding of child welfare in general. In 1957, the Child Welfare League of America defined child welfare as part of an overall attempt to articulate standards that would “take the ‘folklore’ out of child care and substitute in its place the most scientific knowledge currently available in psychology, psychiatry, sociology, anthropology, genetics, pediatrics, child development and medicine” (CWLA, 1957, ¶ 1). That definition has been revised over time but the essence of the League’s words form the foundation for the commonly accepted definition today:


Copyright 2006 Kathleen Holt


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