Families, in whatever form they may take, are at the center of all our lives. In the absence of a comprehensive national family policy, any policy that attempts to alter our lives peripherally can affect the stability, composition, and future of our families. In the United States, all policy becomes family policy. Such is the position of the authors of The Dynamics of Family Policy.
This book challenges readers to redefine and broaden definitions of the family to reflect fundamental and recent demographic shifts in its structure. Devolution and managed care are among the nine major themes that weave their way through the chapters of the book. The book provides an approach to policy analysis and advocacy that takes politics, power, and social problems into account. The authors provide an in-depth and detailed coverage of social policy in areas such as poverty, work and
employment, food, housing, and welfare, health care, and family violence. Additional chapters address family-focused policy initiatives such as marriage incentives, family caregiving across the lifespan, and the care and support of children. The book includes exercises and assignments for readers who
want to become more actively involved in advocacy and policy practice.
The Dynamics of Family Policy explores the roles professionals play in developing, implementing, and monitoring family policy. The book's combination of a comprehensive government policy account and a family-focused analytic perspective will enable students to maximize their understanding as they begin their careers in the helping professions.
Alice K. Butterfield (PhD, MSW, Washington University) is professor at the Jane Addams College of Social Work, University of Illinois at Chicago. She is the author of more than thirty-five journal articles and book chapters, many of which are devoted to housing policy and service delivery for homeless families, community practice, and international social work. Cynthia J. Rocha (PhD, Washington University; MSSW, University of Texas at Austin) is acting associate dean and associate professor at the College of Social Work, University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She has taught family policy and policy practice for fourteen years and has researched the challenges faced by poor and dislocated workers throughout her career. She has published numerous articles on the family, the family well-being of dislocated manufacturing workers, economic justice, and the working poor. William H. Butterfield (PhD, MSW, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor) held a joint appointment at the University of Wisconsin in social work and at the Medical School as director of Family Counseling in the University Family Health Service. Subsequently, he joined the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis, where he served as associate dean and director of the PhD program.