A Study of Twenty-One Aid to Dependent Children Cases Discontinued by the Division of Public Assistance, Hartford, Connecticut in 1948 As Well As Follow-up Contact With the Families One Year Later
The family is generally recognized as the basic unit of society and the one in which the child normally finds himself. The family and the home are the foundations on which nations are built. These fundamental concepts are oftentimes repeated, and it is well sometimes to deliberate over them, for from them much of our thinking and feeling about the child, the family, the home, society, has originated. Outstanding among the needs of every child is the need for a home in which he plays an important role and which can provide him adequate care and maintenance so that he may enjoy normal development in the physical, spiritual, emotional, mental and social areas and thus make a proper and successful adjustment to society. Basically, all children have the same fundamental needs, some of which are love, security, a normal home life, spiritual and moral training and understanding and protection of his personality, an opportunity for wholesome play and companionship as well as extensive educational opportunities. These needs are provided for through various means and in varying degrees. Acknowledged is the fact that the birthright of the child is his family, parents and siblings, and that his relationship therein is deeply rooted. Each child has the same rights as those of all other children to participate in satisfying life experiences which will enable him to become a well-adjusted person, sharing profitably in the life of his family and the community. He has the same inalienable rights to the love and security of parents, to the protection of his health, proper education and to the normal development of his emotional life. To make improvements or changes in the child's environmental setting or to place him in a situation where he receives affectionate attention from strangers can never take the place of the child's own family.
Social work|Clinical psychology|Mental health|Individual & family studies
O'Connor, Marie Agnes, "A Study of Twenty-One Aid to Dependent Children Cases Discontinued by the Division of Public Assistance, Hartford, Connecticut in 1948 As Well As Follow-up Contact With the Families One Year Later" (1950). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI30725032.