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Called to Care: Honoring Elders and the Family Care Journey

By Amy Ziettlow

Just as a parent’s time with a young child is critical and irreplaceable, so too is the season of care at the end of life. Elder care is a weighty vocation that requires the full support of families, congregations, workplaces, and the government, especially as the United States becomes an aging society. A potential care crisis looms on the horizon where an increase in elder care recipients will collide with a decreased pool of caregivers.

This report identifies major types of care journeys through the stories of elders and their caregivers, offers a moral and practical case for supporting family caregivers. Exploring the various institutions–the Church, the workplace and the government–we see how each has an important role to play  in contributing to a family’s ability to care. Finally, this report offers recommendations for workplace and public policies that respond to the unique needs identified in the three common care journeys. Providing care for an aging loved one is a core Christian value, a critical responsibility for families, and the most cost-effective method for providing elder care for American society.


Time to Care: The Legislative Toolkit

By Chelsea Maxwell

The Time to Care Guide aims to help Christians advocate for paid family leave in a principled way. It offers concrete tools, like sample letters and emails to public office-holders. In keeping with the Center for Public Justice’s philosophy of rooting policy work in Christian principles rather than narrow categories of right and left, the Guide offers six principles that should be part of any paid family leave policy.


Time to Flourish: Protecting Families' Time to Work and Care

By Rachel Anderson and Katelyn Beaty 

This new report from Families Valued and the Center for Public Justice explores the topic of time as it relates to family life and family stress. 


Principles for Family-Supportive Policies

Many choices remain for those seeking to design and implement family-supportive policies in each sphere. The Center for Public Justice offers these principles that can serve as guideposts in the design of both public policy and workplace practices. To learn more, please refer to “Time to Flourish: Protecting Families’ Time for Work and Care” (July 2018).

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What Justice Requires: Paid Family Leave

By Chelsea Maxwell and Jenny Hyde

For the majority of Americans who do not have paid family leave, the unfortunate dilemma of having to choose between economic stability or time with one’s family, the place where children are nurtured and grow, is all too common. The need for strong paid family leave policies in the United States, particularly for low-income families, is a public justice matter that deserves our attention. Understanding God’s design, desire, and love for families is imperative for addressing this policy question.

This report examines the current landscape for paid family leave policies and articulates public justice principles for considering various options. It outlines the right roles and responsibilities that institutions like government, the church, and businesses must fulfill for upholding the dignity of families, and it provides clear examples of ways that citizens can work for stronger paid family leave policies. By supporting robust paid family leave policies, we can strengthen families and honor God in doing so.