Family services for migrant and seasonal farm workers: The Redlands Christian Migrant Association (RCMA) model.
Liebman-AK; Mainster-B; Lee-BC
J Agromed 2014 Jun; 19(2):123-129
Agricultural employers and work supervisors strive to keep children out of worksites, but oftentimes migrating farm worker parents lack accessible or affordable options for childcare in a trusted environment. Thus, children may not have a safe, appropriate place to be while their parents are conducting agricultural work. Redlands Christian Migrant Association (RCMA) of Florida is a community development organization that creates and fosters opportunities for the children of migrant and other low-income rural families. To better understand the RCMA system, an in-depth assessment of its program was undertaken to identify both its standard and unique features. Results revealed many attributes contributing to RCMA's success. Based upon RCMA's 48-year track record, employers, agribusinesses, and communities are encouraged to adopt strategies to meet local and regional childcare needs where parents are working in agriculture.
Agriculture; Agricultural-workers; Agricultural-industry; Humans; Men; Women; Children; Demographic-characteristics; Sociological-factors; Safety-measures; Safety-education; Safety-practices;
Author Keywords: Agribusiness; agricultural employers; childcare; family services; farm worker children; farm workers; migrant families
Barbara C. Lee, PhD, Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation, National Children's Center, 1000 N. Oak Avenue ML1, Marshfield, WI 54449
Journal of Agromedicine
Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation