Douglas J. Besharov

Douglas J. Besharov, a lawyer and the first director of the U.S. National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect, is a professor at the University of Maryland's School of Public Policy.

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Making Illegitimacy Inconvenient: The Hard Truth About Welfare Reform

Official Washington is now in the midst of yet another effort to reform the nation’s welfare system. But this time something is different: After 30 years of denial, almost everyone now agrees that real reform requires doing something about out-of-wedlock births, especially among teenagers. So far, though, most welfare planners are trying to use job … Read more

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