Parenting in Public Family Shelter and Public Assistance
- Binding: Paperback
- Publisher: Columbia Univ Pr
- Publish date: 09/01/2000
- ISBN: 9780231111058
- ISBN10: 0231111053
This book is an in-depth examination of the realities of life for parents and their children in family shelters. The author uses the Massachusetts family shelter system to explore the impact of asset-and deficit-oriented help-giving approaches as they are experienced by mothers and service providers.
The format of the book is unique. Following each chapter are the "reflections" of a mother who has parented in a shelter, a front-line worker, and a shelter director. The author and contributors propose a "Power With" policy and practice framework that runs counter to the prevailing "Power Over" cultural policy trends.