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Why (the Entire) Family Matters

Throughout this semester, I have been lucky enough to learn from La Fundación Cuidado Infantil Dominicano (FCID, The Dominican Foundation for Child Care) and experience firsthand the integral role the family plays in the success of the child. This photo sequence takes us through the experiences of promotoras (public health caseworkers) with different families and depicts the ways in which families support the learning process. This essay defines family as those who take part in raising and developing the children. Thus, culturally, the entire community is often the extended family of the children and plays an integral part in the rehabilitation process. It has been truly incredible to witness the lasting effects that this large family can have on a child’s development.

-Aviva Schwartz

Clark Unversity

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