Catalogue 2018 - 2019

CJ 304 Children, Family, and the State


3 cr.


CJ 101, SO 101, and any 200 level criminal justice course, or permission of chair.

Course Description

This is a critical look at the policy, the theory, and the practice of state intervention into families on behalf of children. The study involves a review of the legal theory underlying child protective services, an explanation of the relevant federal and state laws, an investigation of the various types of state involvement with families, an exploration of the role of social workers and departments of social services, and a practical look into how the legal system deals with families and children. Foster care and child treatment by the system will be explored.