We reiterate the values [of the family support movement]. We believe that we cannot exist each unto ourselves, that commitment and a sense of obligation to the welfare of others, to the community, and to the nation are ingredients of being human. We believe that our obligation as members of the community and nation include caring about the next generation. If we care about our own children, we need to care about all children because all will be citizens of this country. We believe that parents want to be good parents. When a child is born, each new mother and father begin their most important life's work, and it is our job to ensure those parents have the concrete and emotional support to be the best parents they can be.
Bernice Weissbourd (20th century), U.S. president and fellow of Family Focus. "The Maturing Family Support Movement: Shaping Practice and Policy for the '90's," Family Resource Coalition Report (1988).
Excerpts from the speech delivered to the Family Resource Coalition Conference (October 1988).