CFP: Human Rights in Child Welfare

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Special Issue: Human Rights in Child Welfare
Journal of Intergroup Relations
Journal of the National Association of Human Rights Workers
Guest editors: Laura Dreuth Zeman and Julie A. Steen, School of Social Work, Southern Illinois University – Carbondale

This call for papers focuses on critical human rights conflicts and their application to child welfare. The special issue will provide an examination of the multiple perspectives of children and biological, adoptive, and foster parents along with child welfare workers. Those in the field know a great deal about risk factors for abuse and neglect, consequences of abuse and neglect, and service models for treating victims and abusers. However, the field has yet to critically examine the rights of those involved. This special edition addresses this need by examining human rights from diverse perspectives, families, and environments that challenge child welfare workers and systems.

The special issue editors welcome case examples, first person narratives, policy analyses and original research that critically examine human rights conflicts in child welfare

Examples of possible topics include:
• Decision-making regarding family reconciliation and termination,
• Poverty,
• Race, discrimination, and cross cultural foster and adoptive placements,
• Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual, and Transgender biases and issues in foster care,
• Privacy,
• Native Americans and,
• International human rights challenges in child welfare including homeless children, AIDS orphans, child labor or slavery, refugee parents and their children.

Paper submission: Manuscripts submitted will pass through the Journal’s standard peer review process. Accepted manuscripts are expected to meet the APA style formatting guidelines of the Journal of Intergroup Relations prior to publication.

Authors can send inquiries or can submit an electronic copy (MS Word, or RTF formats), with full contact details, by email to Laura Dreuth Zeman, or Julie Steen,

Deadlines for paper submission: February 1st 2007

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