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.

Implications for Family Policy Practice

Implications for family policy practice

Family Policy Practice: What is It?

Before answering the question “What does this book mean for readers who would like to be involved as family policy practitioners in the construction of policy solutions that advance family well-being?”, the question “What is family policy practice?” should be answered first. If policy practice includes efforts to influence the development or construction, enactment, implementation, or assessment of public policies (Jansson, 1994), then family policy practice might be defined in similar terms: as efforts to influence the development, enactment, implementation, or assessment of constructed solutions to family problems that have the greatest potential for advancing family well-being.

Guides to Family Policy Practice: The Conceptual Frameworks

As noted throughout this book, the policy frameworks ...

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