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Justice for KidsKeeping Kids Out of the Juvenile Justice System$
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Nancy E. Dowd

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780814721377

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814721377.001.0001

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Challenging the Overuse of Foster Care and Disrupting the Path to Delinquency and Prison

Challenging the Overuse of Foster Care and Disrupting the Path to Delinquency and Prison

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(p.62) 3 Challenging the Overuse of Foster Care and Disrupting the Path to Delinquency and Prison
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Justice for Kids
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Leslie Joan Harris

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814721377.003.0003

This chapter considers the problem of the overuse of foster care and argues that conventional reform proposals are unlikely to succeed. Drawing on Michel Foucault's study of prisons, it suggests that the current foster care system may persist because it is performing other covert functions very well. The chapter first discusses recent studies that highlight the harmful effects of foster care on children, along with the history of child welfare interventions over the last century. It then examines Foucault's analysis of why prisons have continued to be the dominant mode of punishment despite criticisms for being ineffective and even harmful. It also explores the link between the dependency system and juvenile delinquency and shows how children can benefit from greater care and resources devoted to home environments. It argues that children must be kept in their families in order to shield them against delinquency.

Keywords:   foster care, reform, Michel Foucault, prisons, children, child welfare, juvenile delinquency, dependency system

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