ERIC Number: ED127009
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Apr-28
Meeting the Needs of Children in the Next Decade "From the Viewpoint of Government."
Thomas, Stanley B., Jr.
Emphasizing the competition developing for HEW funds, this speech discusses the future role of federally funded programs to meet the needs of children. Reference is made to the conservative vs. liberal debate over the role of government in providing family services. For child advocates, it is proposed that the most critical part of the controversy centers on the question of the effectiveness of human services programs and particularly child services programs. Agencies must convince Congress and the general American public that their programs are having a positive effect. The social and political impotence of children is considered, as is the question of who should dominate childrearing practices: the family or the government. The importance of parent and community involvement in decision-making is stressed, and the development of different programs for the needs of different communities is recommended. The importance of working for a particular community and gaining its support is seen as the way of achieving an effectiveness that is recognizable by both those providing funds and those being served. (SB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Health , Education, and Welfare, Washington., DC. Office of the Secretary.
Note: Paper presented at the Child Welfare League of America, Inc. Annual South Pacific Regional Conference (21st, Reno, Nevada, April 28, 1976)