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A grass roots approach to influencing child welfare policy

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This paper provides a brief review of child welfare issues identified by a Canadian Task Force convened for the 1979 Year of the Child. Project experience with the use of Looking After Children is linked to the issues identified in 1979. A fairly extensive discussion of legal considerations is presented to provide a context for the challenge of influencing policy. Finally, the possibility of influencing policy from a grass roots approach that can transcend jurisdictional boundaries is presented as offering hope for change in a child-centred direction.

Keywords: Looking After Children; child welfare legislation; children's rights; foster care

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Professor, École de service sociale, Université Laval, and 2: Professor, Dalhousie Law School, Canada

Publication date: November 1, 2005

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