Family Policy: Current Debates and Challenges

By Steven Bayme

American Jewish Committee (AJC), May 1987

This paper defines the various family policy issues around the major changes in the American family that bring the issue of government involvement to the fore. It then defines five areas of policy concern, including how government should support day care, support for new parents, child-support payment for single parents to reduce the "feminization of poverty", various approaches to reducing teen pregnancy, and changes to the tax code to support parents. Turning to the Jewish community, it points to Jewish community support as a way to reduce divorce, early-childhood education as a means of transmitting Jewish identity, and reducing the financial barriers for families to participate in Jewish life. In conclusion, ten questions are asked in an effort to establish a focus for the discussion abut the overall policy criteria and specific program recommendations.

Topic: Parenthood, Children, Divorce, Social Issues, Family, Marriage, Women, Public Policy, Government

Page Number(s): 1--24

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Genre: Report

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bayme, Steven. Family Policy: Current Debates and Challenges. American Jewish Committee (AJC). May 1987: 1--24.


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