say, or hardly any."
Do you think child care belongs
under the Department of Justice?
"No, it is incredible that the Department of Justice and child care services aren't separated."
"No, most children feel that being placed in an institution is a punishment. They feel like prisoners."
this is treatment with a gun in your back."
"We need to do some research on to what extent the maladjustment is in the child and to what extent in society. When we segregate the
society we are just confirming in the minds of the adjusted people that they are 'normal'."
Is enough work done with the parents of the child?
"No, and because of this lack the kids have to stay in the institution longer than they need."
"No, and it's useless to treat a child if you don't treat the family."
"Not enough. The parents experience the placement of their child as something final."
a child leaves the institution is he given enough money to rent a room and buy nice things
"No. The child has to pay for those things out of his living allowance."
"No. Sometimes a child takes a bed from the institution with him."
What do you know of children who have left the institution?
"Very little. Of the ones I do know about, several have turned out well."
"Not much. I know of one who is married and another who is in prison."
"Very little. I visit some of them now and again."
"Some fall back into their old patterns because there is no after care."
"Most of the children we couldn't help because in this institution it was impossible to teach them how to live in society.
placing children in an institution surrounded by woods, far from the community in which they grew up."
Do you think it is necessary for these children to be in an institution?
"It's difficult to say because we know very little about the child's background."
seems to be necessary because there are so few foster homes."
"Most of them would be better off at home."
It is better to treat the child while he is living at home with his own family."
of The Rights of The Child
Whereas the peoples of the United Nations have, in the Charter, reaffirmed their
faith in fundamental human rights, and in the dignity and worth of the human person, and have determined to promote social progress
and better standards of life in larger freedom,
Whereas the United Nations has, in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, proclaimed that everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms
set forth therein,
without distinction of any kind, such as race, color, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property,
birth or other status,
Whereas the child, by reason of his physical and mental immaturity, needs special safeguards and care, including
The child shall enjoy all the rights set forth in this Declaration. All children, without any exception whatsoever, shall be entitled to these rights, without distinction or discrimination
on account of race, color, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion,
national or social origin, property, birth or other status, whether of himself or of his family.
The child shall enjoy special protection, and shall be given opportunities and facilities, by law and by other means, to
enable him to develop physically, mentally, morally, spiritually and socially in a healthy and normal manner and in conditions of freedom and
dignity. In the enactment of laws for this purpose the best interests of the child shall he the
ever possible, grow up in the care and under the responsibility of his parents, and in any case in an atmosphere of affection and of moral and material security; a child of tender years
shall not, save in exceptional circumstances, be separated from his mother. .Society and the public authorities shall have the duty to extend particular care to
children without a family and to those without adequate means of support. Payment of state and other assistance toward
the maintenance of children of large families is desirable.
The child is entitled to receive education, which shall be free and compulsory, tion; society and the public authorities
endeavor to promote the enjoyment of
The child shall in all circumstances be among the first to receive protection and relief.
The child shall be protected against all forms of neglect, cruelty and exploitation. He shall not be the subject
in any form.
The child shall not be admitted to employment before an appropriate minimum age; he shall in
no case be caused
and Research Congress \msterdam. May 197O
We Analyse,but Forget To Caress
I'm afraid many of us in western society are disilluned. To be sure, we are proud our technical conquests— jblem solving computers, jhts to the moon, transplanta-ns of human organs.
Yet we 3!
that technology tends to minate man instead of serving n. We seem to be in danger of •getting the intrinsic human ues unless painfully reminded
by Ph. H. FIEDELDIJ OOP, pediatrician
John L. Brown
— from lefthanded people to unmarried mothers, ending up with drug addicts. The latest
addition seems to be adolescents and I sometimes wonder whether all these people like to be labelled and appreciate our
faithful, scientific care. Maybe some of them would prefer to solve their own problems.
In any case,
in our Western ably mature, community,
attending normal schools as soon as they
are capable of this.
The organization has grown from this concept and its application in practice —
not the other
way round — by constantly evaluating
what happens in its families — with many pitfalls, financial troubles, political difficulties.-