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