Astraea Augsberger is assistant professor at the Boston University School of Social Work. She joined the faculty after 15 years in clinical social work practice. She was a forensic social worker and supervisor at the Juvenile Rights Practice of the Legal Aid Society in New York City Family Court and directed social work services at International House, New York.
Although government spending on the child welfare system totaled $33 billion in 2018, the most recent year for which an estimate is available, it’s still failing to meet all children’s needs because of overwhelming demand. Abuse and neglect investigations, foster care and the other activities and services that comprise the child welfare system can harm […]