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Adoptive Mom Stops Whenever She Sees Son's 'Homeless But Not Heartless' Birth Mommy So He Can 'Say Hi' (yourtango.com)

To read more of Hawthorn Martin's article, please click here, Adopted Mom Takes Son To See Homeless Birth Mom So They Can Maintain Their Relationship | YourTango As many parents and children have talked about, adoption and the foster care system can be both beautiful and devastating experiences for families. Where one adopted family is able to provide more support and stability to a child, sometimes the birth mother is left out of the picture, no matter how much she loves her child. One...

Supporting Infant and Early Childhood Professionals and Community Resilience

In January, Resilient Georgia and the Center for Interrelational Science and Pediatrics received a Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning Community Transformation Grant to launch an Infant and Early Childhood Professional Development Course and Guidebook. Across Resilient Georgia’s 16 regional coalitions , there is a documented need to support the early childhood care and education (ECCE) workforce. Leveraging statewide support for training Georgia’s workforce in the Community...

Teen mom who couldn't find babysitter takes her 1-year-old toddler as prom date and they're adorable (upworthy.com)

Image source: TikTok/melissa-mccabe To read more of Sethuraman S.'s article, please click here. A teenage mom has received appreciation after taking her toddler as her date to the school prom. Melissa Mccabe, who is 16 now, became pregnant when she was 14 and gave birth to Arthur in November 2020. Mccabe, who lives in the U.K., describes her 1-year-old son as her "little blessing" and said she wanted him to be part of her prom. "When prom came around, no one could really have him and I...

How much would the NAS poverty reduction packages reduce referrals to CPS and foster care placements? Would they reduce racial disproportionality in child welfare? (nasonline.org).

Because of a collaboration with Columbia University and UW-Madison, we have answers to these questions. By Peter Peter Pecora, Casey Family Programs, March 17, 2023 - Overview The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) recently released a “ roadmap ” to reduce child poverty by as much as half through the implementation of a series of social policy packages. The aim of this study was to simulate the reductions in Child Protective Services (CPS) involvement and foster care placements that are...

Podcast: The Family Mental Health Emergency Toolkit

To listen to the Podcast: please click here. Are you prepared for a mental health emergency? If not, get ready! In this podcast, Brother Be Well Host and Content Director, Michael P Coleman, gives us tools for handling mental health emergencies efficiently. Joining in this discussion is Vice President, Capitol City Black Nurses Association, Sheree Criner, RN. This podcast is sponsored by Blue Shield of California’s BlueSky initiative.

5 best practices for embedding bereavement and grief support in schools (k12dive.com)

Stock Photo via Getty Images Anxiety disorders among children and teens are linked to an increased likelihood of developing an anxiety disorder or depression in the future, according to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. To read more of Elena Ferrarin's article, please click here. The loss of parents or other primary caregivers — among the most tragic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic for students — has sparked a need to provide bereavement support in schools. The pandemic...

10 things to know about how social media affects teens' brains (kqed.org)

Image: (Tracy J. Lee for NPR) To read more of Cory Turner's article, please click here. The statistics are sobering. In the past year, nearly 1 in 3 teen girls reports seriously considering suicide . One in 5 teens identifying as LGBTQ+ say they attempted suicide in that time. Between 2009 and 2019, depression rates doubled for all teens. And that was before the COVID-19 pandemic. The question is: Why now ? "Our brains, our bodies, and our society have been evolving together to shape human...

North Carolina moves closer to creating nation's first ACEs-informed courts system

(l-r) Judge J. Corpening; Ben David, district attorney, New Hanover County; Chief Justice Paul Newby; Judge Andrew Heath, executive director, Administrative Office of the Courts of the Chief Justice's ACEs Informed Courts Task Force. David and Heath serve as Task Force co-chairs . “There is not any more important work going on in the State of North Carolina,” said Ben David, District Attorney for New Hanover County and co-chair of the Chief Justice’s ACEs-Informed Task Force . The Task force...

A Little Money for Mothers Improves Babies' Brain Development

The on-going Baby’s First Years research ( https://www.babysfirstyears.com/ ) examines the impact on mothers and babies of modest cash gifts as a model of poverty reduction. It turns out that a little money goes a long way and affects the development of babies’ brains. “Early childhood poverty is a risk factor for lower school achievement, reduced earnings, and poorer health, and has been associated with differences in brain structure and function. Whether poverty causes differences in...

Trauma Informed Dads Support Group

TIPs (Trauma Informed Parenting, a charity in Scotland that runs workshops for adults living or working with children that have experienced trauma) has received funding to offer some online Trauma Informed Dads groups. They are starting at the end of this month on the 31st of January and will run on the last Tuesday of each month for 3 months. These are for any Dads or Male care givers of any kind, who are trying to parent in a trauma informed way, where they can come together in a safe...

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Hi Everyone! The good news is after seven years, with a five year break (AKA stall-out), I have finally finished my new book and have titled it: It's Not About Food, Drugs, or Alcohol: It's About Healing Complex PTSD Although my book won't be available to the general public until its launch date on Feb 21 st , 2023, I am offering FREE advance reader copies to a limited amount of people this week. Below is a summary of what my book's about and how to qualify to get a free copy this week.

Historic Rise in Child Bereavement as COVID, Drugs and Guns Claim Parents’ Lives [the74million.org]

By Asher Lehrer-Small, The74, November 28, 2022 It’s been two-and-a-half years since Reid Orlando lost his mother and he continues to feel the sting. His mom, a single parent and ER nurse of three decades, caught the virus while helping patients during the pandemic’s deadly first wave and did not recover. Now, every new milestone reminds Orlando of her absence: Landing his first job out of college, his younger brother graduating from high school, even smaller occasions like cooking homemade...

The Expanded Child Tax Credit Is Gone. The Battle Over It Remains. [nytimes.com]

By Jason DeParle, Photo: Nate Smallwood/The New York Times, The New York Times, November 25, 2022 When the history of American hardship is written in some distant decade, two recent events may capture the whipsaw forces of the age. Child poverty fell to a record low. And the program that did the most to reduce it vanished. The story of that temporary program — technically, a tax-credit expansion but more plainly a series of monthly checks to most families with children — was extraordinary in...

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