Raising Children

Raising Children : Emerging Needs, Modern Risks, and Social Responses

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Modern family life raises tough questions: Who should be responsible for children's daily care? How can their financial support be fairly allocated between parents? Should extended family members be paid for their help? Can women have full careers and also be good mothers? In Raising Children, leading scholars take on these questions and more in order to critically assess policy responses to the changing needs of the modern family. As parents struggle to balance professional and personal demands, choose schools for their children, and sort through constantly updated medical and psychological information, they need help from public officials who can make policies that realistically address childrearing's contemporary challenges. The insightful contributions in this volume provide an excellent starting point for understanding these thorny, multifaceted issues, skillfully framing the influences on child development, such as altered family dynamics, major life changes like immigration, and the role of schools and government in children's health. Adoption by same-sex couples, difficulties for immigrant children, the ADHD diagnosis controversy, and public intervention for at-risk children are only a few of the topics covered. With society in a constant state of flux, it is critically important that we assess our family and child policies to ensure that they provide families with the assistance they need. Drawing on the rich interdisciplinary work of the Berkeley Center for Child and Youth Policy, this is an eye-opening look at some of the biggest issues facing the family today, which are as complex as they are vital to address in a thoughtful way.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 280 pages
  • 152.4 x 233.7 x 15.2mm | 408.23g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 8 line illustrations
  • 0195310128
  • 9780195310122
  • 1,692,830

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"This stimulating collection of chapters offers multiple thoughtful approaches to tackling some of today's pressing issues. It takes into account a number of forces, within and outside the family, that shape the experiences of children growing up in this country today."--Social Service Review"This beautifully written, superbly researched book, which uses mothers' experiences with the foster care system as a backdrop, draws a disturbing picture of the current child welfare system and develops what some would consider a controversial way to address its shortcomings. At the very least, the premise of the book is provocative, and the solutions proposed demand thoughtful consideration...Berrick's analysis of the current state of foster care demonstrates a breadth of understanding of issues across the foster care system...Berrick is to be commended for the bold position she takes in this must-read book for anyone interested in child welfare."--Social Service Review "This stimulating collection of chapters offers multiple thoughtful approaches to tackling some of today's pressing issues. It takes into account a number of forces, within and outside the family, that shape the experiences of children growing up in this country today."--Social Service Review"This beautifully written, superbly researched book, which uses mothers' experiences with the foster care system as a backdrop, draws a disturbing picture of the current child welfare system and develops what some would consider a controversial way to address its shortcomings. At the very least, the premise of the book is provocative, and the solutions proposed demand thoughtful consideration...Berrick's analysis of the current state of foster care demonstrates a breadth of understanding of issues across the foster care system...Berrick is to be commended for the bold position she takes in this must-read book for anyone interested in child welfare."--Social Service Reviewshow more

About Jill Duerr Berrick

Jill Duerr Berrick is Professor and Associat Dean, School of Social Welfare, and Co-Director, Center for Child and Youth Policy, at the University of California-Berkeley. Neil Gilbert is the Chernin Professor of Social Welfare at the University of California-Berkeley.show more

Table of contents

CONTENTS; PART ONE: CHILDREN IN FAMILIES; PART II: OUTSIDE FORCES: SHAPING HEALTH AND EDUCATIONRshow more