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NCJ Number: 149406 Find in a Library
Title: Opening Doors for America's Children
Corporate Author: National Cmssn on Children
United States of America
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 48
Sponsoring Agency: National Cmssn on Children
Washington, DC 20036
Sale Source: National Cmssn on Children
1111 Eighteenth Street NW
Washington, DC 20036
United States of America
Type: Report (Annual/Periodic)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This interim report of the National Commission on Children presents its progress as of March 31, 1990, in assessing the status of children in the United States and proposing new directions for national policies and programs.
Abstract: The National Commission on Children was established by Public Law 100-203 "to serve as a forum on behalf of the children of the Nation." It is a bipartisan body of 36 members appointed by the President, the President Pro Tempore of the U.S. Senate, and the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. This report profiles emerging themes and issues the Commission has found through its hearings, town meetings, sites visits, and forums in cities throughout the country. Activities to date include a forum on health care for mothers and their babies held in Chicago, Illinois; Hearings on children and families in rural American held in Madison, Indiana, and Bennettsville, South Carolina; a forum on support for early childhood development held in San Antonio, Texas; a hearing on the drug crisis for America's children, held in Kansas City, Missouri; and an assessment of how families are faring in the economy, held in Charleston, West Virginia. Emerging themes and issues identified by the Commission are the critical role of parents and other caring adults, children in poverty, the pervasiveness of drugs, the crisis in health care, the need for school readiness, and a focus on coordination and prevention in reorienting services for children. Since the Commission's inquiry has lasted less than a year, it does not offer premature proposals in this report. In 1 year, the Commission will announce its proposal for action on behalf of the Nation's children. Appended Commission activities from September 1989 through March 1990
Main Term(s): Juvenile delinquency factors
Index Term(s): Child victims; Economic influences; Juvenile drug use; Juvenile health services; Parent-Child Relations; Social conditions
Note: Interim report.
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