Building Policies That Put Families First: A Wisconsin Perspective

fis01_240x240Increasingly policymakers, professionals, and family members recognize that one of the best ways to help individuals, children and adults alike, is to focus on those people who so strongly influence their lives, their families. The family is said to be the most powerful, the most humane, and, by far, the most economical system for building competence and character in children and adults. Families carry out a variety of functions critically important to society. They share resources, economically support their members, and care for the elderly, the sick, and the disabled in ways that no other institution can do or do as well.

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Why We Need a Family Perspective in Policymaking?

by Karen Bogenschneider
Assistant Professor of Child & Family Studies and Family Policy Specialist, University of Wisconsin-Madison/Extension

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What is a Family: Implications for Policy

by Theodora Ooms
Director, Family Impact Seminars, Washington DC

How are Families Treated in Wisconsin Law?

by Margo Melli
Voss-Bascom Law Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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What Changes Have Occurred in Families and Households in Wisconsin?

by Robert Young
Family Demographics Specialist, University of Wisconsin-Extension

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A Family-Focused Approach to Health Care

by William Doherty
Professor of Family Social Science, University of Minnesota

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