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Relationships That Last Beyond the System the Key for Kids, Families [Youth Today]

Tuesday, September 20, 2016  
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The power and necessity of relationships is no surprise to anyone doing this work. And yet, as a country, we have built child welfare, juvenile justice and youth development systems that are intentionally designed to cut ties with young people and parents at critical moments of transition, when relationship is needed most.


The kids and parents we work with too often feel fear, anger and a diminished sense of self in their relationships with those close to them, in the systems set up to help and protect, and with society more generally. Whatever external pretense they may show out of fear, the truth is that this leaves them longing for relationships that provide the love and enduring connection we all seek.


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