Academic journal article Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences

Reflections: Missing History in AAFCS Resolution: Support Humane Policies & Treatment of Families Crossing Borders into the United States

Academic journal article Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences

Reflections: Missing History in AAFCS Resolution: Support Humane Policies & Treatment of Families Crossing Borders into the United States

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At the 2018 AAFCS Annual Conference & Expo, members of the Leadership Council reviewed a position paper titled "Keep Children With Their Families at the U.S.-Mexico Border" brought forth through the AAFCS Community of Global Perspectives. The Leadership Council appointed an editing committee that removed the journal citations and changed the focus from one of advocacy to one of support to other organizations. Later at the Conference, the Community of Global Perspectives rejected these revisions and voted to strengthen the original statement adding Virginia Vincenti and Carole Makela to the writing team. After garnering support from the AAFCS Public Policy and the Human Development & Family Relations communities, the Community of Global Perspectives sent the paper as a resolution to the AAFCS Board of Directors for adoption. AAFCS members can access these three different versions of the paper at www.aafcs.org under the MyAAFCS Discussion Forum.

After much discussion the Board did adopt the resolution but removed an important clause and the supporting section in the background titled "American History of Inhumane Treatment of Individuals and Families." The clause read "WHEREAS, There has been inhumane treatment of people, even our own citizens, in the past." A major reason for its removal was identified as the desire to not judge past-history through a present-day lens.

Historical contexts and temporal considerations are embedded in the implementation of the Family and Consumer Sciences Body of Knowledge (FCSBOK). …

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