The Continuing Struggle for Social Justice for Children
This opening chapter explores the complexities of addressing the rights and needs of children in America. Although this is a powerful and wealthy nation, all children do not have access to basic protections such as child care and income maintenance that ensure their developmental needs. In the absence of entitlements, minimal supports that are extended are frequently viewed as a “handout” to children whose parents are incompetent or have unacceptable lifestyles. America is the only nation in the world that has not ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). Once ratified, leaders and advocates will have stronger support for the creation of protections and entitlements for all American children. Within this context, America can also begin to aggressively address the basic causes of poverty and joblessness, which are more rooted in the organization of a society than the failings of individuals. The chapter closes with an introduction to the organization of the book and the topics related to children and social justice that are explored by the book authors.
KeywordsChild Care Social Justice American Child Multicultural Education Juvenile Detention Center
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