“Every child needs at least one adult who is irrationally crazy about him or her.”
– Urie Bronfenbrenner, developmental psychologist
What if children already had adults who are “irrationally crazy” about them, but our society continually shut them out of making real contributions to child well-being?
Despite our rhetoric that “it takes a village” to raise children, policies and practices in the U.S. are fundamentally at odds with the statement. Beyond the holes in our safety net and lack of supportive policies for parents, we have designed a social structure that fails to value and empower millions of potential positive influences in children’s lives – extended family members and friends who already play a role in the lives of families
A policy researcher by training, Megan’s work focuses on re-conceptualization of the role of extended family to improve child outcomes.