The Best Interest of Children and the Basis of Family Policy: The Issue of Reproductive Caring Units

In Daniela Cutas & Sarah Chan (eds.), Families: Beyond the Nuclear Ideal. Bloomsbury Academic (2012)

Authors
Thomas Hartvigsson
Göteborgs Universitet
Christian Munthe
University of Gothenburg
Abstract
The notion of the best interest of children figures prominently in family and reproductive policy discussions and there is a considerable body of empirical research attempting to connect the interests of children to how families and society interact. Most of this research regards the effects of societal responses to perceived problems in families, thus underlying policy on interventions such as adoption, foster care and temporary assumption of custodianship, but also support structures that help families cope with various challenges. However, reference to the best interest of children can also be applied to a more basic issue in family policy, namely that of what is to be considered a family in the first place. This issue does not raise any questions regarding the proper conditions for when society should intervene in or change the family context of a child. Rather, it is about what social configurations should be recognized as a potentially fitting context for children to enter into and (if all goes well) eventually develop into adulthood within /.../ such that society’s default institutional arrangements allow it to have (by sexual and artificial reproduction, adoption, and combinations of these), care for and/or guard children. [This] will frame any further discussion of /.../ policies having further implications for, for example, the practices of adoption and reproductive technology, as well as regulation of custody in the event of separation or parental disagreement.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
Buy the book Find it on Amazon.com
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Translate to english
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 71,355
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

How Many Parents Should There Be in a Family?Kalle Grill - 2020 - Journal of Applied Philosophy (3):467-484.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Moral Education in Family Life: The Effects of Diversity.J. Mark Halstead - 1999 - Journal of Moral Education 28 (3):265-281.
Children, Morality and Society.Sam Frankel - 2012 - Palgrave-Macmillan.
The Moral and Political Status of Children.David Archard - 2004 - Philosophical Quarterly 54 (216):490-492.
Is the Family Uniquely Valuable?Anca Gheaus - 2012 - Ethics and Social Welfare 6 (2):120-131.
The Moral and Political Status of Children.David Archard & Colin M. [eds] Macleod - 2004 - Philosophical Quarterly 54 (216):490-492.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2013-01-28

Total views
16 ( #668,685 of 2,519,628 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
1 ( #406,756 of 2,519,628 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes