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“The thing that helps kids fundamentally is stability, to be with the people who care about them and to not worry from day to day that they’re going to be moved. That’s why it’s important that we try to keep kids at home, not for the sake of the adults, but for the kids.”

—Ann Coyne
Professor, University of Nebraska
School of Social Work

“The old approach of big government picking up the pieces of broken families is giving way to the new idea of strengthening families before they break apart… In an era of deficit reduction and reduced budgets for social programs, the family support movement is proving that we can save families and money at the same time. We can no longer afford to neglect families at risk. And investing in families is an investment to our future.”

—Walter Cronkite
“Our Families, Our Future,” PBS