I really enjoyed reading this book and found it to be chock-full of good information. It is well-written and readable.

– Dorina Noble, Louisiana State University

The information provided is accurate and certainly very current; a definite strength of the text.

– Jessica Ziembroski, University of Notre Dame

With so many challenges facing families and governments in the United States today, this is an important time to be thinking about family policy. Respected family policy expert Shirley Zimmerman offers the only single-authored core textbook to provide a comprehensive and coherent introduction to family policy. The application of the frameworks to real life issues in family policy provides the opportunity for students to learn to think conceptually about family policy in relation to family problems. She clearly and cogently guides students through the foundations, policy frameworks, and implications of policy decisions for family well-being, ending with a carefully considered set of conclusions and implications for policy practice.

Family Policy offers concrete illustrative examples that bring the academic subject matter to life for students. Questions at the end of each chapter help students test their comprehension of the material, deepen their understanding of the subject matter, and spur classroom discussion.

Adding It All Up: Family Policy Past, Present, and Future

Adding It All Up: Family Policy Past, Present, and Future

Adding it all up: Family policy past, present, and future

Having come this far in the book, readers know that despite the earlier doubts of some policy scholars about the applicability of the term family policy to the United States, family policy as a concept and field of legislative activity, law, study, programs, and practice is alive and well in this country today. As a term, it has moved from being for all practical purposes nonexistent just a few decades ago to being the basis for full-fledged academic programs in the 1990s and keywords for at least two Internet Web sites. Its application as a term has helped to expose the family dimensions of the policies ...

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