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Fatherhood Programs Can Support Fathers’ Healthy Relationships With Children and Coparents [childtrends.org]

By Lisa Kim and Elizabeth Karberg, Child Trends, June 16, 2022 Fathers’ role within families has gradually evolved from traditional family breadwinner to that of more full and equal coparent involved in all aspects of caregiving. Research has shown that positive father-child involvement leads to better outcomes for children and families , and a critical component of improving fathers’ involvement with their children is supporting their coparenting and romantic or intimate relationship s . In...

The Prevalence of Mental Health Disorders Among Latino Parents [hispanicresearchcenter.org]

A new brief from the National Research Center on Hispanic Children & Families shows that over one third of Latino parents have experienced a mental health disorder at some point in their lives—a lower rate than among non-Hispanic parents. To help Latino parents cope with mental health disorders, researchers suggest that the mental health field provide culturally informed, responsive, and sensitive care that recognizes the diversity of the Latino community. Researchers analyzed data from...

Infant Brain Study Helps Make Case for a Universal US Paid Leave Policy [nyu.edu]

by Jade McClain, New York University, April 18, 2022 Research by Steinhardt’s Natalie Brito suggests that infants whose mothers received paid family leave showed greater brain activity in their first three months In the fall of 2021, Democrats pushed to establish a national paid leave program under the Build Back Better Act, an initiative that would guarantee paid family and sick leave to US workers. The bill faltered in the Senate before eventually being shelved when it failed to garner...

The Case for Paying Parents Who Care for Their Own Kids [nytimes.com]

By Matt Bruenig, Cavan Images/Getty Images, The New York Times, April 9, 2022 In some European countries, parents can choose between sending their children to heavily subsidized day care or receiving a stipend from the government to take care of them at home. In most parts of America, parents of babies and toddlers have neither option. The United States is a global outlier among developed countries for its lack of government support for child care. That’s why it’s notable that New York State...

Chronic Stress Can Affect Preschooler’s Resilience and Self-Control: Sensitive Parenting Can Mitigate Those Risks [earlylearningnation.com]

By K.C. Compton, Early Learning Nation, March 3, 2022 Babies and small children might not immediately come to mind when we think about people dealing with chronic stress. But they are—millions of them. Most recently, of course, COVID-19 has taken its toll, as families at all income levels have been hit with one stressor after another, from job loss to child care catastrophes to the loss of social time and even of loved ones and family members. It’s a lot for anyone to deal with. Equally...

HOPE and Policy Blog - Promoting HOPE Through Monthly Payments for Children [positiveexperience.org/category/blog]

By Guest Author, 3/8/22, https://positiveexperience.org/category/blog/ HOPE Week of Action Blog – March 7-11, 2022 Authors: Stephanie Ettinger de Cuba member of the HOPE National Advisory Board, and Allison Bovell-Ammon Last July, a TikTok trend embodied a moment of pure joy when policy change had a real-world impact on families’ lives. The social media outlet was full of parents dancing and taking a huge sigh of relief as the up to $300 monthly payments of the Advance Child Tax Credit (CTC)...

California attorney general announces investigation into TikTok’s impact on children [latimes.com]

By Brian Contreras, Image: Associated Press, Los Angeles Times, March 2, 2022 A nationwide investigation will explore the risks that the wildly popular short-form video app TikTok poses to children, California Atty. Gen. Rob Bonta announced Wednesday. Among the issues the investigation will focus on will be how the company has sought to increase the duration and frequency of use of its app by young people, the extent to which the company is aware of any harm it may be causing those users and...

"We go right to the mother": New program helps mothers and their babies stay out of poverty [cbsnews.com]

By Jericka Duncan, Image: Screenshot from article, CBS News, March 3, 2022 When 35-year-old Maureen Gardner was pregnant, she was on the brink of homelessness — until a new pilot program created a financial bridge to help her stay out of poverty. For years, Gardner worked as a director of a nonprofit after-school program. Right before the pandemic hit, she left the job and went through her savings. Gardner soon found herself expecting her now 5-month-old son Garrett with no job. But then, a...

After the FDA issued warnings about antidepressants, youth suicides rose and mental health care dropped (theconversation.com)

Depression in young people is vastly undertreated. About two-thirds of depressed youth don’t receive any mental health care at all . Of those who do, a significant proportion rely on antidepressant medications. Since 2003, however, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has warned that young people might experience suicidal thinking and behavior during the first months of treatment with antidepressants. The FDA issued this warning to urge clinicians to monitor suicidal thoughts at the start...

Strengthening Connections: State Approaches to Connecting Families to Services (ZERO TO THREE)

Families with young children face barriers in finding and accessing services to meet their needs. A complex array of services exists across health, early care and education, economic assistance, and family supports. However, services and supports are rarely coordinated and are too frequently divided by where families live or how much income they have. State partners can be leaders in developing approaches to better connect families to services, but there is no one-size-fits-all solution.

In defining maltreatment, nearly half of states do not specifically exempt families’ financial inability to provide (Child Trends)

Families that experience poverty-related stressors such as income insecurity or loss , material hardship , and housing hardship or instability —in other words, families with a financial inability to provide for their children—are also more likely to come into contact with the child welfare system. The intersection of poverty and economic insecurity with neglect poses a challenge to child welfare agencies when they respond to reports of maltreatment. Of all maltreatment types, neglect is...

Child poverty spiked by 41 percent in January after Biden benefit program expired, study finds [washingtonpost.com]

By Jeff Stein, Photo: Brittany Greeson/The Washington Post, The Washington Post, February 17, 2022 The number of American children in poverty spiked dramatically in January after the expiration of President Biden’s expanded child benefit at the end of last year, according to new research released on Thursday. The Center on Poverty and Social Policy at Columbia University said that the child poverty rate rose from 12 percent in December 2021 to 17 percent last month, an approximately 41...

Study Outlines Ways to Help Children Learn Forgiveness (medicalxpress.com)

by Matt Shipman, Medical Xpress, Photo: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain, December 8, 2021 A recent study suggests that teaching children to understand other people’s perspectives could make it easier to learn how to forgive other people. The study also found that teaching children to make sincere apologies can help them receive forgiveness from others. Click here to access the article.

Appropriate Care and Treatment Study: Looking for participants

Looking for opinions from former youth residents of residential treatment facilities and their parents. The study team at the University of South Florida Department of Child and Family Studies is conducting a national online survey of former youth residents of residential treatment facilities and their parents and caregivers to understand their experiences and perspective of the care received by the facilities. Download the flyer with information about how to participate here .

An Applied Research Agenda on Black Children and Families to Advance Practices and Policies That Promote Their Well-being [childtrends.org]

By Mavis Sanders, Chrishana M. Lloyd, and Sara Shaw, Photo: Unsplash, Child Trends, February 17, 2022 This brief is part of a larger effort by Child Trends researchers to expand knowledge about Black children and families. This effort includes continued work on Black family cultural assets and the development of a new multi-year applied research agenda on Black children and families. While sometimes prioritizing adults within Black families and sometimes prioritizing children, the goals of...

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