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Journal Issue: Drug-Exposed Infants Volume 1 Number 1 Spring 1991

Statement of Purpose
Richard E. Behrman

Statement of Purpose

The primary purpose of The Future of Children is to disseminate timely information on major issues related to children's well-being, with special emphasis on objective analysis, evaluation, translating existing knowledge into effective programs and policies, and promoting constructive institutional change. In attempting to achieve these objectives we are targeting a multidisciplinary audience of national leaders, including policymakers, practitioners, legislators, executives, and professionals in the public and private sectors. This publication is intended to complement, not duplicate, the kind of technical analysis found in academic journals and the general coverage of children's issues by the popular press and special interest groups.

In this, our inaugural issue of The Future of Children, we have attempted to provide an overview of the problem of drug-exposed infants from multiple perspectives, presented in a format that is accessible to a broad readership. The prevalence of drug-exposed infants is a problem of national scope and interest and one which is being addressed by a number of studies and efforts at the local, state, and federal levels. It is our hope that the articles in this issue will provide an overall summary of how large a problem this is, what is known, where the gaps in knowledge and provision of services lie, and what are the most reasonable policy and program strategies to pursue at this time.

The individual perspectives, descriptions, and analyses that follow were selected to provide a point of departure for a better understanding of the multiple issues involved in the problem of drug-exposed infants. The Center for the Future of Children staff "Recommendations and Analysis" draw from these articles, as well as our own research and deliberations, to summarize the problem of drug-exposed infants and to offer some recommendations.

We invite your comments and suggestions as you read this first issue of The Future of Children. Our intention is to encourage continued study and debate in addressing the crucial problem of drug-exposed children and their families. To this end we invite correspondence to the editor. We would also appreciate your comments about the approach we have taken in presenting the focus topic and welcome your suggestions for future topics.