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Child Trauma

9/4/2020

Georgia Dissolves Child Abuse and Neglect Registry

Georgia will no longer maintain its child abuse registry, which launched four years ago to help investigators quickly identify and locate substantiated cases and keep tabs on the scale of the problem. 

ACES

8/18/2020

Painful Questions
California is rolling out widespread screening for adverse childhood experiences. Critics question the science, and the consequences, behind that plan.

8/11/2020

The Pandemic Reawakened My PTSD
  I’d gotten my post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) under control. Then the coronavirus disrupted my routine, and my flashbacks came storming back. But I’m working hard to keep it together with the help of therapy, a new at-home routine, writing and my partner Taiquan.
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6/8/2020

For Foster Youth, Coronavirus Piles Grief Upon Grief

The siblings – a teen and a pre-teen – waited for good news that never came. Their mother was sick, and doctors suspected it was COVID-19, the potentially deadly disease barreling through New York. 

6/3/2020

Outrage Over Looting Misses Point, Young People in Los Angeles Say

Eight years after her 14-year-old cousin was shot and killed by law enforcement during a mental health crisis, Los Angeles youth activist E.V. is closely watching the protests against police brutality that have now gripped every major American city. 

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4/22/2020

Older Foster Youth Can Feel Unprepared to Navigate Mental Health Care, Study Finds

When James McIntyre left the foster care system at age 21, he said good riddance to therapy. It had never helped him much, and it felt like a chore.

“Therapy was thrown at me.

3/2/2020

Manhattan District Attorney Investing $2 Million to Prevent Youth Sex Trafficking

Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance announced that his office will award $2 million over three years to develop an intervention to address youth sex trafficking in New York City.

“In case after case, we see traffickers target children and teens, particularly those in our child welfare system or those who have run away from home,” said Vance, in a press release.

1/23/2020

‘Your Father is as Worthless as Your Mother’

“Your father is as worthless as your mother.”

Those words – said by a caseworker to a 13-year-old child whose parents were addicted to heroin – jumped out at me as I read the case file.

Friends Mentoring

12/6/2019

Mentoring Presents a Real Opportunity in Addressing Childhood Trauma

In the late 1990s, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Kaiser Permanente published a landmark study showing that adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) can have a long-lasting negative impact on a person’s overall health and well-being as they enter adulthood.