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What is family policy? What distinguishes it from policy more generally and social policy more particularly? These, and other questions such as, What is family? are the kinds of questions this chapter attempts to answer. Because family status often is used to determine who can and cannot benefit from the policies governments enact, definitions of families are important. The issues involved in such definitions are illustrative of some of the issues that underlie family policy. But this begs the question: What is family policy?

What is family policy? What distinguishes it from policy more generally and social policy more particularly? These, and other questions such as, What is family? are the kinds of questions this chapter attempts to answer. Because family status often is used to determine who can and cannot benefit from the policies governments enact, definitions of families are important. The issues involved in such definitions are illustrative of some of the issues that underlie family policy. But this begs the question: What is family policy?

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