How social workers and policy experts are using a multifaceted approach to create opportunities.
The key is looking beyond the individual and considering the family.
A little help can go a long way.
One of the long-standing beliefs in America is the classic Horatio Alger, rags-to-riches narrative — that is, no matter what someone’s circumstances are when they’re growing up, they can achieve success through a combination of hard work and persistence. But those kinds of stories are the exception, not the rule, even in the land of opportunity. According to Cheryl Achterberg, dean of the College of Education and Human Ecology at The Ohio State University, children who are born and raised in destitution often find their opportunities are severely limited throughout their lives. Part of Ohio State’s historical mission as an