Daniel PollackDaniel Pollack, professor at Wurzweiler School of Social Work, has published “Don’t Rush Expedited Home Studies for Kinship Care” in Policy & Practice about the difference between having a streamlined placement process when it becomes necessary to remove a child from a home and a rushed one.

“The former,” said Pollack, “is a picture of a coordinated team effort at its finest. The latter risks rushing into disaster and creating or exacerbating unnecessary problems. We all know the story of the tortoise and the hare. The impatient hare challenges a slower, measured, methodical tortoise to a race. Easily distracted throughout the race, the hare crosses the finish line after the tortoise. The lesson is clear. The steady resolve and progress of the tortoise wins the day….Placing a child in the correct setting involves paying meticulous attention to details. Overlooking one critical detail can create potential risks that may result in harm and liability.”

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