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NCJ Number: 119233 Find in a Library
Title: Plan of Action for Children, 1987
Corporate Author: Voices for Illinois Children
United States of America
Date Published: 1987
Page Count: 62
Sponsoring Agency: Voices for Illinois Children
Chicago, IL 60604
Type: Report (Technical)
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report presents 81 recommendations designed to improve the lives of children in Illinois by addressing both basic needs like education, employment, and health care and by remedying problems like poverty, abuse and neglect, substance abuse, school dropouts, teenage pregnancy, and juvenile delinquency.
Abstract: The Task Force that developed the recommendations noted that the rates of poverty, school dropouts, drug and alcohol use, gangs, and teenage suicides all point to the need for additional resources as well as more effective allocation of current public resources. Thus, it recommends that the State focus on prevention by addressing children's and families' needs before a crisis exists. In addition, the State should commit resources to strengthen communities, use comprehensive approaches, encourage established institutions to be more flexible and innovative, improve the impact of the State government, and broaden instruction by the schools, the religious institutions, and the media on vital issues. To advance this effort the State needs a statewide, comprehensive child advocacy organization governed by business, civic, and community leaders. Therefore, the Task Force has created the nonprofit organization Voices for Illinois' Children. List of people interviewed is included.
Main Term(s): Child welfare
Index Term(s): Child development; Family support; Illinois; Youth development
Note: Prepared for The Colman Fund for the Well-Being of Children and Youth (a supporting organization of the Chicago Community Trust)
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