The authors of this volume provide discussion on vital issues related to the rights of children in the United States, including: the historical and contextual perspective on the rights of children; the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child; the differing views on children's rights and competencies; and the rights of children within the family, the social service system, the health care system, the educational system, the juvenile justice system and in employment.
Chapter 6: When Parents are Not Enough: The Rights of Children in the Social Service System
When Parents are Not Enough: The Rights of Children in the Social Service System
Self-sufficiency is such a strong value that it is almost sacrilege to question it as a goal. I certainly support the goal that all adults should be independent and assume responsibility for themselves and their families. However, individuals are not islands; our relation to society is interdependent. We all exist in a social and economic context which can make it more or less likely that efforts to assume family responsibilities will succeed.
Ashy 8-year-old girl, “Lillian,” is brought to a local hospital one evening by her mother. A chance remark Lillian had made earlier that ...