I wish to express heartfelt thanks to all of the contributors to Childhood Lost, each of whom have dedicated much of their working lives to the betterment of children's lives. Their chapters create a powerful narrative about children's irreducible needs and the village that we can and must create for them. The work of Stanley Greenspan and Stuart Shanker, co-chairs of the Council on Human Development, has been an invaluable source of information for this project. Raffi, founder of Child Honoring and child advocate extraordinaire, has expanded my vision and sense of hope that we can indeed [turn this world around] for future generations. Greenwood acquisitions editor Deborah Carvalko was quick to recognize the worth of this book and is a pleasure to work with. Special thanks go to Kim Bell, chair of the Department of Humanities and Human Sciences at Point Park University, for her unfailing support. Katherine Henderson, president of Point Park University, and Susan White, vice president of Institutional Advancement, have been exceptionally generous in their support of the Childhood and Society Symposium, which served as a think tank for many of the ideas that are presented here. My mother Bess Olfman is a constant source of affirmation, and my father Mitchell Olfman is a paragon of courage and of acting on the courage of one's convictions. My beloved children Adam and Gavriela are a wellspring of joy and optimism. I reserve my deepest gratitude for my husband Daniel Burston, an intellectual's intellectual with a heart to match.