Academic journal article Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences

Family and Community Policy: Strategies for Civic Engagement

Academic journal article Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences

Family and Community Policy: Strategies for Civic Engagement

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Family and Community Policy: Strategies for Civic Engagement

Edited by Carol L. Anderson (2004)

Who speaks for families? Those who work to formulate family-focused policy seek an informed answer to this perennial question. Family and Community Policy. Strategies for Civic Engagement provides answers through a comprehensive set of tools and ideas for addressing policies affecting children, youth, families, and communities. The book includes 11 chapters written by family-focused authors who have "been there and done policy work." The stated purpose is to fill a niche that exists between academic texts on public policy and simple how-to handbooks. It does that and more. This should be required reading for public policy educators, students, and citizens who want to prepare themselves to speak for families, to articulate needed policy changes for building community, and to engage people in shaping their own lives.

Clearly destined to be the source book on history, background, and practical strategy for familyfocused policy solutions, this edited book evolved out of a series of conferences, workshops, and collaborations. Major strengths of the volume are the numerous reality-based family policy case studies illustrating policy concepts and frameworks, and the authors' enthusiasm and passion for building a sense of community empowerment, which is at the heart of democracy. This passion catches the reader and ignites a sense of urgency for doing family policy work that one author calls, "more like electricity than a light bulb. …

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