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Children’s Mental Health

Staff Abuse Children and Incite Violence at ‘Deplorable’ Tennessee Detention Center, Report Finds

5/3/2022

Staff Abuse Children and Incite Violence at ‘Deplorable’ Tennessee Detention Center, Report Finds

Teenagers at a Tennessee detention facility have been sexually abused, locked in isolation cells for 23 hours a day and set up by staff to fight each other, two prominent advocacy groups have found.

5/2/2022

Stuck Kids: How Foster Youth End Up In Hospitals for Months

On this week’s podcast, we discuss some of the significant changes to federal child welfare policy proposed in President Biden’s budget for the next fiscal year, which includes new incentives to prioritize kinship care placements and more generous federal support for foster care prevention.

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New York State Sued over Allegedly Dysfunctional Pediatric Mental Health Care System

4/7/2022

New York State Sued Over Allegedly Dysfunctional Pediatric Mental Health Care System

According to a lawsuit filed recently in federal court, New York fails to provide adequate mental health services to youth who qualify.

Improving Mental Health Services From Within the Foster Care System

3/23/2022

Improving Low-Quality Mental Health Services From Within the Foster Care System

Many former foster youth avoid mental health services because of the low-quality care they received, writes Aliyah Zeien.

Confronting Mental Health Challenges in the Foster Care System

3/16/2022

The Veiled Epidemic: Confronting Mental Health Challenges in the Foster Care System

I hid my mental health struggles because of judgment from others about whether one is “stable” or not, writes Nileh Irsan.

Child Welfare Professionals Need to Support Foster Youth's Mental Health

3/2/2022

Child Welfare Professionals Need to Support Foster Youth’s Mental Health

As someone who grew up as a ward of the state, I know first hand how mental health affected me throughout my life, writes Fabian Tolan.

Positive Self-Talk As a Way to Handle Tough Moments

2/24/2022

Positive Self-Talk As a Way to Handle Tough Moments

Saying positive mantras was the only thing I could do because I didn’t have a support system, writes Shawna Bullen-Fairbanks.

Living with Bipolar Disorder in Foster Care

2/22/2022

Living with Bipolar Disorder in Foster Care

While I was in foster care, I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and barely managed my mental health, writes Olivia Valdovinos.

Creating Stability to Heal from the Trauma of Foster Care

1/26/2022

Creating Stability to Heal from the Trauma of Foster Care

People assume that I am completely self-sufficient after leaving foster care. The truth is that I still struggle, writes Sarai Embaye.