Reforming Child Welfare in the Post-Soviet Space: Institutional Change in Russia

Meri Kulmala (Editor), Maija Jäppinen (Editor), Anna Tarasenko (Editor), Anna Klimova (Editor)

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This book provides new and empirically grounded research-based knowledge and insights into the current transformation of the Russian child welfare system. It focuses on the major shift in Russia’s child welfare policy: deinstitutionalisation of the system of children’s homes inherited from the Soviet era and an increase in fostering and adoption.

Divided into four sections, this book details both the changing role and function of residential institutions within the Russian child welfare system and the rapidly developing form of alternative care in foster families, as well as work undertaken with birth families. By analysing the consequences of deinstitutionalisation and its effects on children and young people as well as their foster and birth parents, it provides a model for understanding this process across the whole of the post-Soviet space.

It will be of interest to academics and students of social work, sociology, child welfare, social policy, political science, and Russian and East European politics more generally.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAbingdon
Number of pages252
ISBN (Print)9780367904241
ISBN (Electronic)9781003024316
Publication statusPublished - 2021
MoE publication typeC2 Edited book

Publication series

NameAdvances in Social Work

Fields of Science

  • 5141 Sociology
  • 5145 Social work
  • 5142 Social policy
  • 5171 Political Science
  • 5143 Social and cultural anthropology

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