"Integrating Services for Children and Families" by Sharon Lynn            Kagan

Integrating Services for Children and Families Understanding the Past to Shape the Future Sharon Lynn Kagan, Peter R. Neville

Publication date:
25 May 1994
Yale University Press
238 pages: 235 x 156mm
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As the state of America's children and families continues to degenerate, the human services system struggles to render the support it was designed to provide. Despite such efforts, American families have difficulty accessing services; they are forced to navigate an incomprehensible system where quantity is often deemed insufficient and quality is compromised. Simultaneously, expenditures on human services have soared to record levels, further spurring both concerns and efforts to reform and better integrate a sadly dysfunctional system.

In the first comprehensive synthesis of the history, theory, and practice of service integration, Sharon Lynn Kagan, with Peter R. Neville, explores why past efforts to reform the human service system have had only isolated triumphs and marginal impact in improving the quality of life for children and families. Tracing the history of human services in America from the colonial period to the present, the author analyzes the underlying assumptions, barriers, and strategies that have characterized the service integration movement. Drawing on history, empirical research, and intellectual theory, as well as on the personal experiences of practitioners and leaders, the author extracts principles and insights that offer new directions for future social service reform.

"This is the only book that squarely addresses all aspects of services integration from historical, analytic, and contemporary policymaking perspectives. It is a work of major and lasting importance for scholars, policymakers, and service practitioners."?Martin H. Gerry, former Assistant Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare

"At a time when services integration is receiving renewed attention as a more effective way of helping children and families, this book provides a deeper context for that review than any other work we have. Kagan powerfully sums up the pros and cons and issues a set of fundamental challenges to the way our fragmented services systems fail our children."?Sidney L. Gardner, Director, Center for Collaboration for Children, California State University, Fullerton

"This scholarly book traces the history of the development of services to children and their families, with an emphasis on strategies for overcoming fragmentation. . . . Highly recommended."?Choice