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Ellen, Ingrid Gould; Glied, Sherry – Future of Children, 2015
In theory, improving low-income families' housing and neighborhoods could also improve their children's health, through any number of mechanisms. For example, less exposure to environmental toxins could prevent diseases such as asthma; a safer, less violent neighborhood could improve health by reducing the chances of injury and death, and by…
Descriptors: Housing, Neighborhoods, Obesity, Low Income
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Leininger, Lindsey; Levy, Helen – Future of Children, 2015
It might seem strange to ask whether increasing access to medical care can improve children's health. Yet Lindsey Leininger and Helen Levy begin by pointing out that access to care plays a smaller role than we might think, and that many other factors, such as those discussed elsewhere in this issue, strongly influence children's health.…
Descriptors: Child Health, Access to Health Care, Public Policy, Supply and Demand
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Heinrich, Carolyn J. – Future of Children, 2014
Since modern welfare reform began in the 1980s, we have seen low-income parents leave the welfare rolls and join the workforce in large numbers. At the same time, the Earned Income Tax Credit has offered a monetary incentive for low-income parents to work. Thus, unlike some of the other two-generation mechanisms discussed in this issue of…
Descriptors: Well Being, Employed Parents, Child Welfare, Parent Child Relationship
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Hosek, James; MacDermid Wadsworth, Shelley – Future of Children, 2013
In this article, the authors found that the economic circumstances of military families are good, certainly much improved compared with even a decade ago. The military context is nonetheless challenging, with long hours, dangerous work, frequent transfers, and stressful absences during deployment. Service members receive relatively high pay and…
Descriptors: Military Personnel, Family Characteristics, Economic Factors, Family Income
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Jenkins, Davis; Rodriguez, Olga – Future of Children, 2013
Achieving national goals for increased college completion in a time of scarce resources will require the postsecondary institutions that enroll the majority of undergraduates--community colleges and less-selective public universities--to graduate more students at a lower cost. Davis Jenkins and Olga Rodriguez examine research on how these…
Descriptors: Access to Education, Postsecondary Education, Success, College Students
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Floyd, Latosha; Phillips, Deborah A. – Future of Children, 2013
The U.S. military has come to realize that providing reliable, high-quality child care for service members' children is a key component of combat readiness. As a result, the Department of Defense (DoD) has invested heavily in child care. The DoD now runs what is by far the nation's largest employer-sponsored child-care system, a sprawling network…
Descriptors: Military Personnel, Military Service, Child Care, Social Support Groups
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Aron, Laudan; Loprest, Pamela – Future of Children, 2012
Education is important for all children, but even more so for children with disabilities, whose social and economic opportunities may be limited. In this article, Laudan Aron and Pamela Loprest assess how well the nation's education system is serving students with disabilities. Aron and Loprest trace the evolution of the special education system…
Descriptors: Evidence, Civil Rights, Eligibility, Federal Legislation
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Lerman, Robert I. – Future of Children, 2010
Young, minority, and poorly educated fathers in fragile families have little capacity to support their children financially and are hard-pressed to maintain stability in raising those children. In this article, Robert Lerman examines the capabilities and contributions of unwed fathers, how their capabilities and contributions fall short of those…
Descriptors: Family Relationship, Job Training, Financial Support, Fathers
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Osgood, D. Wayne; Foster, E. Michael; Courtney, Mark E. – Future of Children, 2010
D. Wayne Osgood, E. Michael Foster, and Mark E. Courtney examine the transition to adulthood for youth involved in social service and justice systems during childhood and adolescence. They survey the challenges faced by youth in the mental health system, the foster care system, the juvenile justice system, the criminal justice system, and special…
Descriptors: Runaways, Homeless People, Physical Disabilities, Chronic Illness
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Waldfogel, Jane – Future of Children, 2009
The nation's child protection system (CPS) has historically focused on preventing maltreatment in high-risk families, whose children have already been maltreated. But, as Jane Waldfogel explains, it has also begun developing prevention procedures for children at lower risk--those who are referred to CPS but whose cases do not meet the criteria for…
Descriptors: Substance Abuse, Family Violence, Child Abuse, Prevention
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Mead, Lawrence M. – Future of Children, 2007
Lawrence Mead addresses the problem of nonwork among low-income men, particularly low-income black men, and its implications for families and children. The poor work effort, he says, appears to be caused partly by falling wages and other opportunity constraints but principally by an oppositional culture and a breakdown of work discipline. Mead…
Descriptors: Wages, Employment, Correctional Institutions, Economically Disadvantaged
Bass, Sandra; Shields, Margie K.; Behrman, Richard E. – Future of Children, 2004
This paper focuses on the challenges of helping children after abuse and neglect has occurred by strengthening the web of supports for children and families in foster care. It examines the current state of the foster care system and finds that it is really not a cohesive system but a combination of many overlapping and interacting agencies, all…
Descriptors: Foster Care, Child Welfare, Child Abuse, Child Neglect
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Allen, MaryLee; Bissell, Mary – Future of Children, 2004
Even though federal laws have had a major influence on foster care and child welfare policy for more than 40 years, additional reforms are needed to ensure safe and stable families for children in care. This article describes the complex array of policies that shape federal foster care and observes: A number of federal policies addressing issues…
Descriptors: Safety, Courts, Child Welfare, Foster Care
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Geen, Rob – Future of Children, 2004
Kin caregivers can provide continuity and connectedness for children who cannot remain with their parents. This is one reason kinship care has become the preferred placement option for foster children. However, despite the growing reliance on kin caregivers, kinship care policies have evolved with little coherent guidance. This article examines…
Descriptors: Placement, Caregivers, Family Relationship, Foster Care
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Massinga, Ruth; Pecora, Peter J. – Future of Children, 2004
A growing number of children over age 10 reside in and emancipate from foster care every year. Older children face many of the same challenges as younger children, but they also have unique developmental needs. This article discusses older children in the child welfare system and finds: (1) Approximately 47% of children in foster care are over age…
Descriptors: Daily Living Skills, Substance Abuse, Homeless People, Educational Attainment
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