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J Agromedicine. 2014;19(2):123-9. doi: 10.1080/1059924X.2014.893217.

Family services for migrant and seasonal farm workers: the Redlands Christian Migrant Association (RCMA) model.

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a Amy K. Liebman is affiliated with the Migrant Clinicians Network , Salisbury , Maryland , USA .


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.


Agribusiness; agricultural employers; childcare; family services; farm worker children; farm workers; migrant families

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