An intriguing question.
First, it helps to clarify what a Child or Family Development Specialist does, because those responsibilities themselves give us an idea of what they need to manage when faced with issues. For instance, Family Development Specialists work closely with families to achieve self-sufficiency in areas like:
• income and budgeting
• recovery from alcohol and drug abuse
• child and adult education
• mental and emotional health
Next, we need to have a look at what is happening now in our communities, and project what might be intensified in the next decade. For instance, right now we are slowwwwwly coming down from a long recession, in which jobs were (and still are) hard to find and keep, where a significant percentage of our 20-somethings are still living with parents and unable to make lives on their own, etc. So, in a decade, what kind of issues will tis demographic (then in their thirties) be facing? Might they have stunted work experience and sense of employment responsibilities? Might they have put off starting families? Might they be stressed due to lingering insecurity about the work market, and might they face a higher percentage of substance abuse?
Your note about communication due to the increase of technology - what might that mean? Would a Child Development Specialist face unique communication problems, and interpersonal issues, of children who have been weaned on texting and skyping, social media, and constant instant gratification of all stimulation, all info, all the time?
What do you think?