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Angels (and Neighbors) Watching Over Us: Child Safety and Family Support in an Age of Alienation


  • The Strong Communities initiative was supported in part by a generous grant from The Duke Endowment. The opinions expressed in this article are not necessarily those of The Endowment’s trustees, staff, or advisors. Asher Ben-Arieh and James McDonell led the program of research on Strong Communities.
    This article is based on (a) the opening keynote lecture presented at the Asia-Pacific Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect (the regional meeting of the International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect) in Perth, Australia, in November 2009; (b) written comments to the conference on Child Rights in Practice, which was sponsored by the University of Victoria, International Institute of Child Rights and Development, Whistler, BC, in October 2009; and (c) a sermon delivered at Eastminster Presbyterian Church in Simpsonville, SC, in May 2006.

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