This article examines the importance of understanding the family and kinship system as a vital part of social work practice. The author asserts that patterns related to kinship and family can be examined within a broad theoretical framework based on social change. The piece looks in particular at Jewish families and finds that opinion and evidence concerning American Jewish families are sometimes contradictory and have a propensity to be inconclusive. The piece questions in particular how social workers can know which kinship structure is preferred by their clients as well those kinship structures that are the best fit for the tensions of urban living. The author concludes by asserting that practice and policy for social workers need to originate from knowledge and that the profession needs to remain attentive to the broader problems and issues of society.
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Goldstein, Louis. The Kinship System and Social Work Practice. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Fall 1966: