Children as precious resources:

How outrageous would it be for a couple to have to apply to raise their child?Could expanding their family unit (and their definition of family) so that there are more than two caretakers help them to succeed?

 

Various parenting structures that exist, but are sometimes challenged:

http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2012/08/31/debate-should-gay-couples-be-allowed-to-adopt/

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2011/oct/02/challenges-adoption-system-never-greater

The need for a village:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/cindy-krischer-goodman/it-takes-a-village-to-rai_b_2041277.html

Data and articles on child abuse and neglect:

In 2010, at least 1,560 children in the United States died from abuse or neglect.

http://www.childhelp.org/pages/statistics

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/03/30/AR2007033001809.html

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/keyword/child-neglect

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