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About the Book
This book, a collaboration between the American Bar Association and the University of Houston Law Center, examines the intersection of children, law and disasters like Hurricane Katrina. It looks at the experiences of children during the disasters and the first response to the events in order to demonstrate how we can do a better job for children. It acknowledges the considerable stress on systems such as juvenile justice, foster care, and education before the disasters and what needs to happen in a post-Katrina world.
The book stresses the opportunity to examine and engage the problems that were exposed by disasters like Katrina and create effective policies for children in these all important systems. It also takes a longer view about the implications of an agenda focused on children's needs for public policy in general. It provides the government, as well as organizations and individuals who advocate for children, a much-needed tool to develop policies and plans for the future.