ERIC Number: ED248046
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Through the Safety Net: A Citizen's Report on New Jersey Children and Families in Need.
Geismar, Shirley; And Others
In 1982, volunteers in eight New Jersey counties gathered information from 993 respondents through questionnaire-guided interviews about recent local developments in programs traditionally funded and supported by federal legislation. Program areas receiving attention included Aid to Families with Dependent Children; child care; health; the Women, Infants and Children's Supplemental Food Program; mental health; child welfare; education; and juvenile justice. Chapters of this report are organized in terms of the eight substantive areas. Short introductions open each section, explaining programs, current funding, and recent developments in service provision. Findings, as reported by volunteers, are reported next. Finally, examples derived from interviews with program participants, which make up a large portion of the text, are used to illustrate major points. Three issues surfaced when findings were compiled: (1) Cuts in one program invariably meant that difficulties were experienced in others; (2) In many instances, it was impossible to identify single causal factors related to specific problems; and (3) Although prevention programs often provided effective, cost-efficient ways of addressing social problems, these were the programs most likely to be reduced or eliminated when funds were cut. Numerous related materials are appended. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Children's Defense Fund, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Association for Children of New Jersey, Newark.
Identifiers: Aid to Families with Dependent Children; New Jersey; Women Infants Children Supplemental Food Program