Children and Youth in Limbo: A Search for Connections

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PART I
Problems and Responses

This volume begins by identifying the multiple challenges affecting services to children and families in the changing and complex social environment of the United States today. The critical state of the American family is examined in the context of its voluntary and often involuntary migrant, immigrant, and multiethnic origins. The failure to give priority to nurturing our young leaves thousands of children in limbo, not knowing who will care for them until they can care for themselves.

These children and their problems can be clearly identified and a variety of social support systems and program responses developed to prevent family dissolution and assure lifelong connections. When family dissolution cannot be averted, an alternative set of program options can be offered, based on the philosophic premise that "nobody comes from no place" and that children's permanent roots must be identified and strengthened to help them grow into effective, productive adults.

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