as the economic resources available for caring for dependents, the ratio of dependents to productive adults, the general attitude toward the child, and the availability of alternative patterns of mutual aid in the primary group.
Developing countries are currently facing some of the same problems in organizing social services that were faced by the more economically advanced nations two or three centuries ago. Child welfare services in such countries are primarily concerned with meeting the basic health, educational, and housing needs of the child population.
A review of the supportive, supplementary, and substitutive child welfare services in nations similar to the United States suggests that the social insurance plans of such countries, as they affect the child, are more comprehensive than our own. They include family allowances, maternity benefits, medical care, and sickness insurance. Some additional details were noted regarding differences between child welfare services here and abroad.
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