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Altmayer, Christina; Andrade DuBransky, Barbara – Future of Children, 2019
Los Angeles County's experience, write Christina Altmayer and Barbara Andrade DuBransky, shows how a universal offer of assistance can establish a foundation on which public and private agencies can plan meaningful systemic reform--and spark incentives for greater, more effective investments in services directed to vulnerable families. The…
Descriptors: Home Visits, Parents, Parent Education, Partnerships in Education
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Yi, Youngmin; Wildeman, Christopher – Future of Children, 2018
Children who experience foster care, write Youngmin Yi and Christopher Wildeman, are considerably more likely than others to have contact with the criminal justice system, both during childhood and as adults. And because children of color disproportionately experience foster care, improvements to the foster care system could reduce racial/ethnic…
Descriptors: Foster Care, Intervention, Juvenile Justice, Child Welfare
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Gundersen, Craig – Future of Children, 2015
Food assistance programs--including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, or food stamps), the National School Lunch Program, and the School Breakfast Program--have been remarkably successful at their core mission: reducing food insecurity among low-income children. Moreover, writes Craig Gundersen, SNAP in particular has also been…
Descriptors: Food, Social Services, Lunch Programs, Breakfast Programs
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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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Bookman, Ann; Kimbrel, Delia – Future of Children, 2011
Although most Americans know that the U.S. population is aging, they are far less informed about the reality of providing elders with personal care, health care, and social support. Families--particularly women--have always been critical in providing elder care, but the entry of so many women into the paid labor force has made elder care…
Descriptors: Caregivers, Family Work Relationship, Older Adults, Aging (Individuals)
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Boushey, Heather – Future of Children, 2011
The foundations of the major federal policies that govern today's workplace were put in place during the 1930s, when most families had a stay-at-home caregiver who could tend to the needs of children, the aged, and the sick. Seven decades later, many of the nation's workplace policies are in need of major updates to reflect the realities of the…
Descriptors: Family Work Relationship, Government Role, Public Policy, Working Hours
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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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Kalil, Ariel; Ryan, Rebecca M. – Future of Children, 2010
Rising rates of nonmarital childbirth in the United States have resulted in a new family type, the fragile family. Such families, which include cohabiting couples as well as single mothers, experience significantly higher rates of poverty and material hardship than their married counterparts. Ariel Kalil and Rebecca Ryan summarize the economic…
Descriptors: Mothers, One Parent Family, Community Programs, Private Financial Support
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Tyler, John H.; Lofstrom, Magnus – Future of Children, 2009
John Tyler and Magnus Lofstrom take a close look at the problems posed when students do not complete high school. The authors begin by discussing the ongoing, sometimes heated, debate over how prevalent the dropout problem is. They note that one important reason for discrepancies in reported dropout rates is whether holders of the General…
Descriptors: High School Students, Dropout Rate, Dropouts, Global Approach
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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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Reichman, Nancy E. – Future of Children, 2005
In the United States black women have for decades been twice as likely as white women to give birth to babies of low birth weight who are at elevated risk for developmental disabilities. Does the black-white disparity in low birth weight contribute to the racial disparity in readiness? The author summarizes the cognitive and behavioral problems…
Descriptors: Prenatal Care, Medical Services, Body Weight, School Readiness
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
Chipungu, Sandra Stukes; Bent-Goodley, Tricia B. – Future of Children, 2004
Over the past two decades, the foster care system experienced an unprecedented rise in the number of children in out-of-home care, significant changes in the policy framework guiding foster care practice, and ongoing organizational impediments that complicate efforts to serve the children in foster care. This article discusses the current status…
Descriptors: Foster Care, African Americans, Minority Groups, Child Welfare
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Testa, Mark F. – Future of Children, 2004
Since the 1970s, finding alternative permanent families for children in foster care who could not return to their birth parents has been a primary goal of the child welfare system. Since that time, significant gains have been made in helping such children find permanent homes through adoption and guardianship. This article analyzes these trends…
Descriptors: Placement, Child Welfare, Federal Government, Adoption
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