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.

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.

Aletha C. Huston, Professor (1995)

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 ...

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