Chicago model for emergency extended childcare services

Discussion in 'Politics, Religion, Social Issues' started by mkrishnan, Mar 28, 2009.

  1. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

    mkrishnan

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    Now for a story about something right that is happening in the USA....

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-safe-families-29-mar29,0,756681.story

    Now to admit my cynicism, these types of organizations concern me with respect to how well they are either regulated or self-police, but this one seems so far to be pretty stand-up, and certainly they offer a service that can really help struggling familes remain together in the long run. As well, they intervene long before the harm of neglect is done.
     
  2. chrmjenkins macrumors 603

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    This definitely seems like a very positive thing. I can't imagine what it's like for these parents to decide the best thing to move forward is to not have their kids for a while. If I was a parent, I'd miss them every second they were gone.
     
  3. mkrishnan thread starter Moderator emeritus

    mkrishnan

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    Yeah, I can't imagine, either. I miss kids that I know and love who aren't mine something fierce enough already....

    The other thing that has been going on a lot here in the last couple of decades is increases in families where grandparents become primary caregivers for their grandchildren. In a way, it's good in that the extended family network is getting re-energized, but then sometimes it does turn into the sort of situation where the irresponsible parents just go off and have a good time.

    A system that is really focused on helping people who want to raise their own children get through the hard parts seems perfectly placed.
     

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