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Copyright (c) 1995 Temple University of the Commonwealth System of Higher Education
Temple Law Review

FOREWORD: LOOKING BACK, LOOKING AHEAD: THE EVOLUTION OF CHILDREN'S RIGHTS

Winter, 1995

68 Temp. L. Rev. 1557

Author

Theresa Glennon *
Robert G. Schwartz **

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At every age, among all races and income groups, and in communities nationwide, many children are in jeopardy. They grow up in families whose lives are in turmoil. Their parents are too stressed and too drained to provide the nurturing, structure, and security that protect children and prepare them for adulthood. Some of these children are unloved and ill tended. Others are unsafe at home and in their neighborhoods. Many are poor, and some are homeless and hungry. Often, they lack the rudiments of basic health care and a quality education. Almost always, they lack hope and dreams, a vision of what their lives can become, and the support and guidance to make it reality. The harshness of these children's lives and their tenuous hold on tomorrow cannot be countenanced by a wealthy nation, a caring people, or a prudent society. America's future depends on these children, too. 1
 


On September 29 and 30, 1995, over three hundred advocates for children gathered at Temple University School of Law. The conference marked the one hundredth anniversary of the Law School, and the twentieth anniversary of the Juvenile Law Center. We chose to mark these anniversaries by calling together those dedicated to improving children's lives to discuss the evolution and future of children's rights.

These children's advocates brought with them their frustrations and their hopes. Recent figures show that 21.9% of children under the age of eighteen in this country live in poverty; 2 approximately twelve million children suffer from chronic hunger, ...
 
 
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