Parenting in Public: Family Shelter and Public Assistance

Parenting in Public: Family Shelter and Public Assistance

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by Donna Haig Friedman
     
 

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When parents must rely on public assistance and family shelters to provide for their children's most basic needs, they lose autonomy. Within a system of public assistance that already stigmatizes and isolates its beneficiaries, their family lives becom

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When parents must rely on public assistance and family shelters to provide for their children's most basic needs, they lose autonomy. Within a system of public assistance that already stigmatizes and isolates its beneficiaries, their family lives becom

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Booknews
Friedman (Center for Social Policy, McCormack Institute, U. of Massachusetts-Boston) presents the results of detailed case studies carried out in five shelter programs in Massachusetts, along with interviews with dozens of shelter directors. Arguing for a revolution in the way shelters are funded, conceptualized, and run, she explores such themes as parenting and public assistance, family shelter environments, parental rights and the protection of children, shelter rules, individualized and standardized service, and the paradox of self-sufficiency. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Journal of Social Work Education

Parents that rely upon public assistance are forced to subject the inner workings of their families to the scrutiny and criticism of the public. This book examines the Massacusetts family shelter system to provide a better understanding of this delicate situation and the additional strain it places upon already-stressed families.

Infant & Child Development

Refreshing... detailed... clear.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231528672
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
04/06/2012
Sold by:
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
286
File size:
1 MB

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Robert Coles

This is a landmark book -- it will help us to understand how children grow up (and parents do their family work) under the most difficult of circumstances. Here is human understanding rendered forthrightly, lucidly, compellingly.

Robert Coles, Harvard University

Meet the Author

Donna Haig Friedman is a senior fellow and the director of the Center for Social Policy within the McCormack Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

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