- New research expands understanding of psychoactive medication use among children in foster care
- Parents Demand Answers After 16-Year-Old Son Dies At Yonkers School
- $350,000 grant awarded to study foster youth
- Octomom Adult Film Deal Being Criticized
- When Parents Are Deported
- Bill supports grandparents in custody cases
- Sexual abuse in child care system 'shocking': report
- Keeping Families Together Matters
- Indianola shooting highlights dangers social workers face in the field
- Social workers are screen stars in recruitment drive
- Texas can't bar Planned Parenthood from program, judge rules
- DCFS CPS Child Protective Services and Mormonism (Pt 7 From Mormonism to Sovereignty)
- Foster child made good killed in wrong-way crash
Posted: 01 May 2012 08:09 AM PDT
New research expands understanding of psychoactive medication use among children in foster care
A few months after the federal Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report on the use of psychoactive drugs by children in foster care in five states, a national study from PolicyLabat The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia describes prescription patterns over time in 48 states. The updated findings show the percentage of children in foster care taking antipsychotics--a class of psychoactive drugs associated with serious side effects for children-- continued to climb in the last decade. At the same time, a slight decline was seen in the use of other psychoactive medications, including the percentage of children receiving 3 or more classes of these medications at once (polypharmacy).
Posted: 01 May 2012 07:59 AM PDT
Parents Demand Answers After 16-Year-Old Son Dies At Yonkers School
The parents of a 16-year-old student who died at a Yonkers school for troubled teenagers are demanding answers and justice for their son.
Posted: 01 May 2012 07:38 AM PDT
$350,000 grant awarded to study foster youth
A five-year, $350,000 grant from the William T. Grant Foundation will enable Yates to continue ongoing research on how youth emerging from foster care navigate young adulthood. She will assess whether state legislation that took effect Jan. 1 allowing California teens to remain in foster care until age 21 improves their chance for success, and if communication styles of social workers influence decisions of foster youth to make use of new services provided under the legislation.
Posted: 01 May 2012 06:47 AM PDT
Octomom Adult Film Deal Being Criticized
Nadya "Octomom" Suleman has signed on to act in an adult film just one day after filing for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy.
Posted: 01 May 2012 06:35 AM PDT
When Parents Are Deported
"Deporting Parents Hurts Kids," by Hirokazu Yoshikawa and Carola Suárez-Orozco (Op-Ed, April 21), highlights the trauma of children whose parents are deported. Every day, thousands of detained and deported immigrant parents live in fear of permanent separation from their children. This is especially true when children enter the child welfare system because their parents are in immigration custody.
Posted: 01 May 2012 06:27 AM PDT
Bill supports grandparents in custody cases
The House of Representatives has given its final approval to a bill to give "substantial consideration" to grandparents of children who have been removed from their parents' custody.
Note: You know, it's really sad that they have to make a law like this just to get these CPS Agents to do the right thing.
Posted: 01 May 2012 06:19 AM PDT
Sexual abuse in child care system 'shocking': report
Children who live in foster homes or care homes are three to four times more likely to suffer sexual abuse, according to a report by researchers at Leiden university and quoted in the Volkskrant.
Posted: 01 May 2012 06:14 AM PDT
Keeping Families Together Matters
Many of our public systems have embraced supportive housing for their highest need populations. And now child welfare agencies are poised to incorporate supportive housing into the range of services they offer to families in need as well. As we end National Child Abuse Prevention Month, I want to turn a spotlight on the very vulnerable families in our communities, and think about how supportive housing can make a difference for the children who are a part of them.
Posted: 01 May 2012 06:00 AM PDT
Indianola shooting highlights dangers social workers face in the field
Sundi Smith arrived at a rural Indianola home last week to check on children's welfare. Her own welfare quickly became the issue.
Note: Well, if they weren't pissing so many people off...
Posted: 01 May 2012 05:52 AM PDT
Social workers are screen stars in recruitment drive
SOCIAL workers have turned video stars to try to get some new recruits to join their overstretched teams.
Four workers have been recorded for a special promotional video for Neath Port Talbot Council's website.
Posted: 01 May 2012 05:42 AM PDT
Texas can't bar Planned Parenthood from program, judge rules
Texas cannot bar Planned Parenthood from serving low-income women through a key health program until the group's lawsuit against the state is decided, a federal judge ruled Monday.
Posted: 01 May 2012 05:38 AM PDT
Posted: 01 May 2012 05:09 AM PDT
Foster child made good killed in wrong-way crash
He had a job and was doing well. But he did not survive this weekend when an alleged drunk man plowed into his vehicle.
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