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Opening New Doors to Recruit and Retain Foster Parents

June 27, 2016 | Emily Taylor

In this opinion piece, April Dinwoodie, chief executive of the Donaldson Adoption Institute and co-founder and board VP of Fostering Change for Children, points out the importance of supporting connection with families of origin for youth in foster care.

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New study: Medication and Children in Foster Care

June 16, 2016 | Emily Taylor

A new study by Rutgers University-New Brunswick researchers looked at the use of anti-psychotic medication for children in foster care and other Medicaid-insured children. Although they found encouraging progress in several states, the researchers confirmed an ongoing need for greater oversight and quality improvement to ensure judicious prescription of anti-psychotics medications for children.

Read the article about anti-psychotic medication for children in foster care and other Medicaid-insured children»

Obama signs bill aimed at protecting Indian children in tribal foster care

June 6, 2016 | Emily Taylor

President Obama signed into law a measure meant to bolster protections for American Indian children placed into the tribal foster care system. U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, R-ND, said the measure ensures that Indian children living on a reservation have the same protections when assigned to foster care that children living off the reservation have.

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Resource: CDC Fact Sheet on ADHD in Young Children

May 16, 2016 | Emily Taylor

The CDC has published a fact sheet for parents and healthcare providers regarding treatment recommendations for young children (ages 2-5 years) diagnosed with ADHD. Although the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends healthcare providers first refer parents of young children with ADHD for training in behavior therapy before trying medicine, about 75% of young children with ADHD received medicine as treatment.

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Residential Schools: A Promising Alternative to Foster and Group Homes

May 16, 2016 | Emily Taylor

Profile of Crossnore School, a nonprofit residential foster care home in North Carolina, which is one of 100 organizations certified in the Sanctuary model of “integrated, trauma-informed, whole culture approach”.

Read more about it here >>.

Mental health disorders, care increase among military children in US

May 16, 2016 | Emily Taylor

According to research presented this month at the Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting, mental health diagnoses and care significantly increased among children who received care in the Military Healthcare System within the last 15 years.

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Factors that Help Children Thrive in the Face of Adversity

May 12, 2016 | Emily Taylor

Research shows that people who experience four or more adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), such as economic hardship, exposure to violence or the death of a loved one, are more likely to have lasting physical and mental health problems. But in a new study, “The Relative Contributions of Adverse Childhood Experiences and Healthy Environments to Child Flourishing,” researchers found that even when children were exposed to ACEs, certain family and community strengths – most importantly access to patient-centered, coordinated medical care, mothers in excellent mental health and community supports – appeared to have a protective effect on health, social and behavioral outcomes.

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Risks of Harm from Spanking Confirmed by Analysis of Five Decades of Research

May 6, 2016 | Emily Taylor

A new study shows that spanking children leads to greater defiance toward parents, as well as increased anti-social behavior, aggression, mental health problems and cognitive difficulties. Published in this month’s Journal of Family Psychology the study by researchers at the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Michigan, analyzed five decades of research involving more than 160,000 children. The study focused specifically on what “American adults would consider spanking” as opposed to other potentially abusive behaviors.

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SAMHSA Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day Short Report

May 5, 2016 | Emily Taylor

SAMHSA has issued a short report on children’s mental health, “Increasing Access to Behavioral Health Services and Supports through
Systems of Care” to illustrate how serving children and adolescents within a system of care increases access to behavioral health services and
supports and improves outcomes.

Access the full report here >>.