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Old 08-04-2015, 04:25 PM
 
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If it takes a village to raise a child, community developments like Hope Meadows just might have the answer. The community of Hope Meadows in Rantoul, IL developed 21 years ago to provide subsidized rent to the elderly who in turn volunteer at least 6 hours a week helping parents living in the community raise their children who were adopted out of the foster care system.


A Community Built Around Older Adults Caring For Adoptive Families : NPR
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Old 08-04-2015, 04:36 PM
 
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It sounds awesome! I wonder why I never heard of it in 21 years? I wish others would have copied it!
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Old 08-04-2015, 04:38 PM
 
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What a great concept!

How wonderful that Ms. Gossett adopted all four children so they would not have to be split up. The kids seem to be bright, well adjusted and enjoying the company of the seniors who volunteer with them. Truly an inspirational story. Thanks for sharing this with us, wisewino.
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Old 08-04-2015, 04:40 PM
 
Location: Utah
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That's pretty cool, as long as everyone who lives there is carefully vetted.

So many people move away from their parents, or their parents move away from the hometown post-retirement, that this helps replace the extended families people had in generations past.
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Old 08-04-2015, 04:45 PM
 
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Thanks for sharing this with us, wisewino.
Thought is was a positive story and actually a project that both liberals and conservatives could embrace. Instead of looking at our aging population (that includes me) as a burden on the next generations, lets treat them as a resource. We have problems with a growing underclass who (using the terminology of the right) have become dependent upon government and lack the necessary skills to succeed, so place them in communities with willing seniors who can help point the way out of poverty, acting as tutors, child caregivers, and general role models in exchange for reduced rents. These type of developments could be built across the country with government/private funds. Who knows, maybe we an all find some common ground in such efforts.
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Old 08-04-2015, 06:33 PM
 
Location: Fredericksburg, Va
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Actually, it doesn't take a "village" to raise a child...just so you know!
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Old 08-04-2015, 06:40 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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I like the concept.
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Old 08-04-2015, 07:03 PM
 
Location: Sarasota FL
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If that concept was adopted in my area, you'd have about 10 seniors assigned to 1 kid.
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Old 08-04-2015, 07:32 PM
 
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Great concept. The extended family making a comeback would be good for society
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Old 08-04-2015, 08:27 PM
 
Location: zooland 1
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This is one way to address above issue ... feels so good...except it isn't the villages responsibility... it is the responsibility of the parent ...

I would prefer to address the issue long before it becomes one

How about offering cash incentives for breeder women and irresponsible males so we can change the world permanently.. and prevent the misery that a child at risk experiences
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