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Half of All Kids Are Traumatized
The Atlantic – 12.11.14
A new study by the journal Health Affairs has found that nearly half of the children in the U.S have experienced family or social trauma. Adverse childhood experiences like severe poverty, family or neighborhood violence, or living with someone with a drug problem are all sources of extreme stress and trauma for many children nationwide. Childhood trauma can severely impact a person’s physical and mental health throughout his life if no therapeutic action is taken. For this reason, the study stresses the importance of providing children with adequate emotional support and “trauma-informed” medical care.
How To Deal With Drug Problems in State’s Foster Care Program
California Healthline – 12.11.14
California Healthline asked physicians, lawmakers, state health officials and consumer advocates how to deal with the troubling practices in California’s foster care system highlighted in the San Jose Mercury News’ investigative series entitled, “Drugging Our Kids.” Authors include Will Lightbourne, Director of California Department of Social Services, Jerry Johnson, Coordinator of California Coalition for Foster Family Agencies, and Michael Kapp, Consumer Advocate at Consumer Watchdog, among others.
The Chronicle of Social Change – 12.5.14
In this Op-Ed, Jim Roberts, CEO and Founder of the Family Care network, responds to the trilogy of articles about the Katie A. vs. Bonta lawsuit published by The Chronicle of Social Change. He writes, “Unfortunately, Katie A. is just a symptom of a much more serious problem in California. Simply put, the care of the vulnerable, high-needs children and youth is not a priority. The state does good things for some children and youth not because it chooses to, but because it has been forced to by the courts or outside advocates.” He asserts that because of the lack of state leadership that actually cares about the children, the only solution for better foster youth mental health care continues to be advocacy, “As long as money is the driving factor in the state’s decision-making process for child and youth services, we will continue with the status quo…Therefore, it is incumbent upon child advocates and youth services providers to unrelentingly champion their cause”.
Other news for this week:
The San Francisco Examiner – 12.8.14
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