In Gendered Power in Child Welfare: What’s Care Got to Do with It?, Christa Jane Moore and Patricia Gagné argue that the child welfare system in Kentucky and other states is based on masculine values that were institutionalized long before women had the right to vote, hold public office, or have a voice in public law and policy. The authors draw on feminist and organizational theories and base their arguments on primary qualitative data and secondary statistics to demonstrate that, historically and today, the efforts of care workers in the child welfare system are stymied by a highly bureaucratic child welfare system that demands focus on metric outcomes. Throughout the work the authors argue for reforms—more feminized orientations that hearken back to the earliest extensions of community-centered care for those most vulnerable, especially children with protective needs.
Christa Jane Moore is associate professor of sociology at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise.
Patricia Gagné is professor emerita in the Department of Sociology at the University of Louisville.
Chapter 1. Historical Development of the Child Welfare System Part I: Early Conceptualizations of Maltreatment
Chapter 2. Historical Development of the Child Welfare System Part II: Child Maltreatment in the Modern Era
Chapter 3. Scope and Realities of the Problem
Chapter 4. Child Welfare Systems: Bureaucracy and Complex Organizations
Chapter 5. Gendered Power in Kentucky’s Child Welfare System
Chapter 6. Lived Experiences of Child Welfare Workers
Chapter 7. Innovative Models of Collaboration in Child Welfare
Chapter 8. Future Issues in Child Welfare