A Childhood for Every Child: How Compassion-Driven Solutions are Transforming the Nation's Well-Being
In this 17-page brochure, the authors explain that a vision of transformational change is beginning to have a profound impact on the nation's most vulnerable families and children. They write about the development of this vision and how the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has implemented strategies, initiatives and programs to ensure that every American can enjoy the benefits of a family environment, a secure and stable community, and a nurturing childhood. The authors describe how such efforts are beginning to make a difference in cities and small towns across the United States, through programs targeted at urban youth, disadvantaged preschoolers, developmentally disabled adults, impoverished refugees, and unmarried parents seeking the stability of a path out of poverty. The authors describe both the approach and results of theseefforts. They discuss the enhancements and changes associated with programs and initiatives ACF that Americans are most familiar with Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF); Head Start; and child support enforcement. The authors also address innovative new approaches that leverage both existing resources and the holistic view of what is necessary to help Americans move from dependence to self-sufficiency. The Healthy Marriage Initiative, the Compassion Capital Fund, program accessibility for both community and faith-based organizations, the introduction of new technologies to make programs and services easier to use and more effective all have emerged as powerful forces for positive change in the past four years. Modified Author Abstract.