. . . the future of a society may be forecast by how it cares for its young.
-- DANIEL PATRICK MOYNIHAN, 1986
This book ends with a question: Will our nation value parenting? That question cannot be answered with words, only by actions. I know that we can answer by actions because I have seen dramatic changes take Place in the lives of particular children. Those changes have resulted when courts have intervened early in their lives and placed expectations on their parents who then received effective help. It would be much better for all of our children and for our society if we held expectations for their parenting before they require court intervention because they are damaged.
In spite of the frequently heard phrase "children are our most precious national resource," our actions and inactions speak otherwise. At the root of this misfortune are the lack of recognition of the civil right of children to competent parenting and the lack of enforcement of the legal right of children to be protected from incompetent parenting.