Child Abuse & Child Protection Around the World (April 2016)

April 30, 2016 in Adoption, CASA, Child Death, education, Foster Care, Health and Mental Health, International Child Abuse, Kids At Risk Action (KARA), Politics and Funding, Public Policy, Resources, The States by admin

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US: Kline Leads Bipartisan Legislative Effort to Help Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect (Press release)
Office of Congressman John Kline – April 28, 2016
The House Committee on Education and the Workforce, chaired by Rep. John Kline, today approved H.R. 4843, the Infant Plan of Safe Care Improvement Act. The bipartisan legislation will require the Department of Health and Human Services to better ensure states are meeting current child welfare requirements, particularly protections for infants born with illegal substance exposure. The bill passed the committee by a voice vote.
http://kline.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=397945

US: Promising Practices to Address the Developmental Needs of Young Maltreated Children in Contact with the U.S. Child Welfare System 
The Chronicle of Social Change – April 28, 2016
Policies put into place in 2003-2004 promoted early intervention in such cases, but surveys and research since have illustrated that very few children have received access to these interventionist programs. Report: https://www.upbring.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/white-paper-vi_developmental-needs-of-young-children-final.pdf
https://chronicleofsocialchange.org/research-and-resources/promising-practices-address-developmental-needs-young-maltreated-children-contact-u-s-child-welfare-system/17685

US: Promoting Healing and Well-Being for Victims of Child Sexual Abuse (Press release)
United States Department of Justice – April 28, 2016
The Pediatric SAFE Protocol was developed through a collaborative process with national experts represented by child abuse pediatricians, pediatric sexual assault nurse examiners (SANEs), children’s hospitals, emergency departments, child advocacy centers, community and systems-based advocacy programs, law enforcement agencies and prosecutors. Protocol: https://www.justice.gov/ovw/file/846856/download
https://www.justice.gov/opa/blog/promoting-healing-and-well-being-victims-child-sexual-abuse

US: HRC Participates in #40toNoneDay to Raise Awareness of LGBTQ Youth Homelessness (Opinion)
Human Rights Campaign – April 27, 2016
The consequences of homelessness in the United States, particularly for LGBTQ youth, are far reaching and can last a lifetime. Homelessness is harmful to mental and physical health and youth who are homeless are at an increased risk for sexual abuse and exploitation, chemical and alcohol dependency, social stigma and discrimination. These youth also experience lower levels of long-term educational attainment-placing them at an even greater disadvantage when they enter the job market.
http://www.hrc.org/blog/hrc-participates-in-40tononeday-to-raise-awareness-of-lgbtq-youth-homelessn?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss-feed

US: Time to Take Close Look at Family First Act (Opinion)
Youth Today – April 27, 2016
Like so much in child welfare, the original proposal was born of good intentions – and it might have made a pretty good bill. But it was quickly watered down. In its present form, it opens up funding only to very limited forms of prevention. And it does nothing to curb the current huge, open-ended entitlement for foster care.
http://youthtoday.org/2016/04/time-to-take-close-look-at-family-first-act/

US: 5-decade study reveals fallout from spanking kids 
CBS News – April 26, 2016
Spanking a child leads to bad behaviors, not the better manners some parents may think a smack on the bottom will elicit, a new study suggests. Researchers from the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Michigan analyzed 75 studies involving more than 150,000 children that spanned 50 years.
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/5-decade-study-reveals-fallout-from-spanking-kids/

US: Everything You Think You Know About Child Sex Trafficking is Wrong … Alexandra Lutnick Tells You Why (Opinion)
The Huffington Post – April 26, 2016
Alexandra Lutnick had such interesting things to say about trafficking, particularly about child sex trafficking. So many people try to help and end up making things worse. Now that her book Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking: Beyond Victims and Villains is out, I thought I’d pick her brain about what is to be done.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-henry-sterry/everything-you-think-you-_1_b_9772910.html?utm_hp_ref=books&ir=Books

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Norway: Norway vows to change child welfare practices
The Local – April 28, 2016
In the face of global protests against the Norwegian Child Welfare Service (Barnevernet), Norway this week announced two changes that could affect the controversial agency’s future operations.
http://www.thelocal.no/20160428/norway-vows-to-change-child-welfare-practices
US: New parents would get more time at home, under proposal in defense bill
Military Times – April 28, 2016
Servicemembers whose spouses give birth would get at least 14 days leave and dual military couples who adopt a child would both get two weeks off under House proposals approved as part of the annual defense authorization bill on Wednesday.
http://www.militarytimes.com/story/military/2016/04/27/ndaa-hasc-family-leave-time/83625140/

US: For kids’ sake, let’s get lead out of the water (Opinion)
Child Trends – April 19, 2016
Nationwide data have reported that the percentage of tested children with elevated blood lead levels has declined dramatically since 1997. The number has even stayed below 1 percent for the last several years. How can there be such a disconnect between the positive news from national data and the ground-level reality in many cities? For one, we’re not measuring lead in drinking water at the right times or the right places.
http://www.childtrends.org/for-kids-sake-lets-get-lead-out-of-the-water/#more-19083

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Canada: Failure to investigate child abuse led to deaths, advocate says 
CBC News – April 27, 2016
Saskatchewan’s children’s advocate says the deaths of two children can be linked to a failure by officials to adequately report and investigate suspected child abuse. The case was highlighted in Bob Pringle’s annual report, which was released Wednesday.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/child-abuse-report-children-s-advocate-1.3556233

Canada: Trudeau Government Put on Short Leash by Canadian Human Rights Tribunal
The Epoch Times – April 27, 2016
As Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met indigenous youth in Saskatoon on Wednesday, April 27, his government grappled with an order from the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal demanding immediate action on the panel’s landmark child welfare ruling.
http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/2042134-trudeau-government-put-on-short-leash-by-canadian-human-rights-tribunal/

India: Child adoption directive: WCD seeks explanation
NYOOOZ – April 27, 2016
Women and Child Development Department has sought an explanation from the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) for alleged violation of Central Adoption Resources Authority’s (CARA) guidelines in issuing directions for adoption of a six-month-old child to a Burhanpur-based couple.
http://www.nyoooz.com/indore/442930/child-adoption-directive-wcd-seeks-explanation

International: Kids’ best interests must come first in cross-border custody cases, urge MEPs
European Parliament News – April 28, 2016
It is children who pay the price when EU member states fail to cooperate and protect children’s best interests in legal proceedings such as cross-border parental custody disputes and adoption decisions, Parliament points out in a non-binding resolution voted on Thursday. MEPs want specialised chambers within EU countries’ family courts to ensure that transnational cases are processed faster.
http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/news-room/20160426IPR24708/Kids%E2%80%99-best-interests-must-come-first-in-cross-border-custody-cases-urge-MEPs

Uganda: Govt launches handbook to protect juveniles
New Vision – April 28, 2016
The Government of Uganda and UNICEF on Wednesday launched a child-friendly justice handbook to guide prosecutors and other actors in the criminal justice system, in handling child-related cases in a child-friendly and gender responsive manner.
http://www.newvision.co.ug/new_vision/news/1423301/govt-launches-handbook-protect-juveniles
US: Bureau of Prisons changes policies for prisoners with children
The Hill – April 26, 2016
The federal Bureau of Prisons announced new policies Tuesday aimed at helping inmates visit with their children and other family members. The agency said it’s also working with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention on a pilot program that will allow incarcerated parents to take part in positive youth development activities with their children.
http://thehill.com/regulation/administration/277746-bop-announces-new-priorities-for-prisoners-with-children

US: Unadoptable is Unacceptable (Press release) (Opinion)
Just Means – April 26, 2016
At the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, we believe that “unadoptable” is unacceptable.Each year 23,000 children age out of the foster care system in the United States without being adopted into a forever family. To us, that is unacceptable.
http://www.justmeans.com/multimedia-with-summary/unadoptable-is-unacceptable

US: What scientists know–and don’t know–about sexual orientation (Press release)
Medical News Today – April 26, 2016
In many parts of the world, political and popular support for LGB rights hinges on questions about the prevalence, causes, and consequences of non-heterosexual orientations. In a new report, a team of researchers bring the latest science to bear on these issues, providing a comprehensive review of the scientific research on sexual orientation. Report: http://psi.sagepub.com/content/17/2/45
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/309564.php

US: Risks of Harm from Spanking Confirmed by Analysis of Five Decades of Research
UT News – April 25, 2016
The more children are spanked, the more likely they are to defy their parents and to experience increased anti-social behavior, aggression, mental health problems and cognitive difficulties, according to a new meta-analysis of 50 years of research on spanking by experts at The University of Texas at Austin and the University of Michigan.
http://news.utexas.edu/2016/04/25/risks-of-harm-from-spanking-confirmed-by-researchers

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International: Child Homicide – Speaking of the Unspeakable
Science Newsline – April 27, 2016
New estimates published in PLOS Medicine suggest that homicide could be responsible for just over 1% of all neonatal deaths in South Africa. Together with other studies reporting on child homicide from other countries, these findings emphasize the importance of child protection, and highlight a need for cross-sector services to support vulnerable mothers. Report: http://journals.plos.org/plosmedicine/article?id=10.1371/journal.pmed.1002004
http://www.sciencenewsline.com/news/2016042700440033.html
US: How Black Boys Suffer Sexual Abuse in Silence
Vice – April 25, 2016
At issue in the allegations against Bambaataa is the statute of limitations in New York State. Despite its reputation as a center of liberal progressive politics, New York has the dubious distinction of having one of the most restrictive limitations on child sexual abuse — on par with that of Mississippi and Alabama. Victims can only sue until they reach the age of 23, and children who allege abuse in public institutions, like schools or foster care, are forced to file an “intent to sue” within 90 days of the original incident.
http://www.vice.com/read/how-black-boys-suffer-sexual-abuse-in-silence

US: President Obama orders more compliance with ICWA
Lakota Country Times – April 25, 2016
With the Indian Child Welfare Act facing a barrage of criticism and multiple lawsuits intended to undermine the law, the White House is stepping forward to make sure that federal entities comply with it.
http://www.indianz.com/News/2016/021109.asp

US: Report: Parents in prison affects kids’ health
Houston Chronicle – April 25, 2016
Texas children who have incarcerated parents suffer from trauma and emotional instability at the same magnitude as abuse and domestic violence, according to research study released Monday. The study could carry a significant message in Texas, a state with a historically high-incarceration rate that also has had limited funding for mental-health programs that could divert additional people from the nation’s largest state criminal-justice system. Also: One in 10 Oklahoma kids have parent in jail or prison during childhood: http://newsok.com/one-in-10-oklahoma-kids-have-parent-in-jail-or-prison-during-childhood/article/5494180?custom_click=rss Also: Nearly 90,000 Wisconsin kids have had a parent behind bars: http://host.madison.com/ct/report-nearly-wisconsin-kids-have-had-a-parent-behind-bars/article_cf059ac2-f7a4-596f-9853-9e67e5f60cd6.html Also: Report: 8 percent of Maine children have parent in prison: http://www.sunjournal.com/news/maine/2016/04/25/report-8-percent-maine-children-have-parent-prison/1912833 Also: Parents’ Prison Time Affects 8 Percent of SD Kids: http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2016-04-26/childrens-issues/parents-prison-time-affects-8-percent-of-sd-kids/a51613-1 Also: IA: The Costs Of Parental Incarceration: http://iowapublicradio.org/post/costs-parental-incarceration#stream/0 Also: Tennessee among states with most incarcerated parents (Includes video): http://www.wbir.com/news/tennessee-among-states-with-most-incarcerated-parents/152807433 Report: A Shared Sentence, The Devastating Toll of Parental Incarceration on Kids, Families and Communities: http://www.aecf.org/resources/a-shared-sentence/ Information Gateway Resource: Child Welfare Practice With Families Affected by Parental Incarceration: https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/parental-incarceration/
http://www.chron.com/news/politics/texas/article/Report-Parents-in-prison-affects-kids-health-7330112.php

US: The Criminalization of Parenthood: Why Are Good Parents Being Charged With Child Neglect? (Opinion)
Reader’s Digest – April 25, 2016
Doring’s story is emblematic of a disturbing trend. Parenting practices common a couple of decades ago — letting your child play outside or stay in the car so Dad could run a quick errand — are now considered neglectful, even criminal. “The pendulum has swung hard in favor of highly protective parenting,” according to David Pimentel, an associate professor of law at the University of Idaho and an expert on how the legal system addresses child neglect.
http://www.rd.com/culture/free-range-parenting-child-neglect/

US: Here’s how people are trying to protect kids at religious day cares
Reveal from the Center for Investigative Journalism – April 18, 2016
Hundreds of religious day cares across America face little oversight, thanks to religious exemption laws that shield them from child safety requirements. Many religious day cares are not required to be inspected, train their workers or follow any staff-to-child ratios. Related: Alabama bill to license religious child cares introduced: https://www.revealnews.org/blog/alabama-bill-to-license-religious-child-cares-introduced/
https://www.revealnews.org/article/heres-how-people-are-trying-to-protect-kids-at-religious-day-cares/

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Ireland: Neglect and death of 800 kids in Galway happened in plain sight
Irish Central – April 25, 2016
Following early reports on the research of Tuam historian Catherine Corless, who brought the story to light, Liam Hogan, a Limerick-based historian and librarian, began uncovering a trail of damning news clips dating from before the Home’s founding in 1925 to after its closure in 1961. The articles show that the Home was very much a matter of both public and governmental knowledge. And the way in which they discuss the Home’s occupants (or “inmates” as they are more often referred to) makes clear the totally normalized disdain with which all the “illegitimate children” and “fallen women” were held.
http://www.irishcentral.com/news/The-Home-babies-in-the-news-A-timeline-of-neglect-in-plain-sight.html

US: Christian nonprofit opposes House Child Nutrition Reauthorization Bill (Press release)
New Hope Network – April 24, 2016
The House of Representatives’ Education and Workforce Committee Child Nutrition Reauthorization Bill would impose strict restrictions on families’ and schools’ ability to participate in free and reduced-price meals programs, according to Bread for the World, a Christian nonprofit organization that focuses on solving hunger.
http://newhope.com/legislation-regulation/christian-nonprofit-opposes-house-child-nutrition-reauthorization-bill

US: When does disciplining a child become abuse under military law? (Opinion)
Navy Times – April 24, 2016
Under certain circumstances, service members are allowed to resort to reasonable physical force to discipline their children. However, if too much force is used, or if force is used for the wrong reasons, service members could face a charge of assault consummated by a battery upon a child under 16 years or aggravated assault in which grievous bodily harm is intentionally inflicted when committed upon a child under the age of 16 years, both of which are violations of Article 128 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ).
http://www.navytimes.com/story/military/advice/ask-the-lawyer/2016/04/24/when-does-disciplining-child-become-abuse-under-military-law/83186588/

US: National Service Agency Announces More than $11 Million in My Brother’s Keeper Commitments (Press release)
Corporation for National and Community Service – April 22, 2016
As part of today’s release of the My Brother’s Keeper 2016 Progress Report, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency that administers AmeriCorps, announced new commitments that will help meet the My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) milestones. More than $11 million in new programming includes new AmeriCorps VISTA programs with the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance and Social Innovation Fund grants through the Annie E. Casey Foundation and Youthprise. Report: https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/whitehouse.gov/files/images/MBK-2016-Progress-Report.pdf
http://www.nationalservice.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2016/national-service-agency-announces-more-11-million-my-brother%E2%80%99s-keeper

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India: Parents Of Abducted Children Lobby Washington In Hopes Of Influencing India
News India Times – April 22, 2016
Along with the umbrella organization, Coalition to Stop International Parental Child Abduction, Parmar’s group ascended on Washington D.C. April 20-22, pressing not just the U.S. but also foreign governments, including the Government of India to get their children back.
http://www.newsindiatimes.com/parents-of-abducted-children-lobby-washington-in-hopes-of-influencing-india/19761

Nepal: International bodies’ raise concern over Nepal quake-affected children
Siasat Daily – April 24, 2016
A year after Nepal was jolted with devastating earthquake, various international organisations working for the rights of children have raised their concerns over the present living conditions of quake-affected children in the country. Also: Nepal Earthquake Response: Reflections and Results – One Year Later: http://reliefweb.int/report/nepal/nepal-earthquake-response-reflections-and-results-one-year-later
http://www.siasat.com/news/international-bodies-raise-concern-nepal-quake-affected-children-950659/

United Kingdom: Child Refugees – We Must Not Turn Our Backs (Opinion)
Huffington Post – April 25, 2016
Some 95,000 children and teenagers in Europe as part of the refugee crisis are alone with no one to look after them. Lord Alf Dubs’ amendment – which had overwhelming cross party support in the House of Lords – asks Britain to take just 3,000 of those children, so we do our bit to help. Because urgent help is needed. Thousands are sleeping rough because children’s homes are full and child protection services are overwhelmed. They face huge risk from cold, sickness, abuse, exploitation, violence and rape.
http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/yvette-cooper/child-refugees-we-must-not-turn-our-backs_b_9769850.html
US: International adoptions decline, hope remains
Mission Network News – April 22, 2016
Christianity Today reports 2004 saw an all-time high when Americans adopted 22,884 children from foreign nations. Yet over the last 12 years, international adoptions have taken a major hit. Only 5,648 international adoptions took place in 2015.
https://www.mnnonline.org/news/international-adoptions-decline-hope-remains/

US: Taking the fight against risky pain pill use to the ER: Study shows promise
Medical News Today – April 22, 2016
Just a single half-hour session with a trained therapist during an ER visit was enough to motivate people who misused prescription opioid painkillers to reduce their use as well as their riskiest behaviors, the study finds. Article: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2016.03.018
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/309406.php

US: Teen moms and infant sleep: Mother doesn’t always know best (Press release)
Medical News Today – April 22, 2016
Sudden unexpected infant death (SUID), which includes sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), is the leading cause of death in infants 1 month to 1 year of age in the United States. Although the reason is unknown, maternal age less than 20 years is associated with an increased risk of SIDS. In a new study scheduled for publication in The Journal of Pediatrics, researchers found that although teenage mothers know the recommendations in regards to safe sleeping practices, many deliberately do not follow those recommendations. Report: http://www.jpeds.com/article/S0022-3476(16)00346-2/pdf
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/309408.php

US: Child abuse a Calvinist problem, podcast says
Baptist News Global – April 21, 2016
Mortification of Spin, a weekly podcast from the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals–a coalition of pastors, scholars, and churchmen seeking to recover and promote biblical doctrines central to the Protestant Reformation–this week examined highly publicized scandals involving celebrity preachers accused of turning a blind eye at the expense of victims of child sexual abuse.
https://baptistnews.com/2016/04/21/child-abuse-a-calvinist-problem-podcast-says/

US: States weigh costs, benefits of undocumented immigrant parents
Herald Sun – April 21, 2016
As U.S. Supreme Court justices weigh whether President Barack Obama has the power to grant legal work status to about 3.5 million undocumented immigrant parents, states are weighing the costs of the decision. And they are divided on whether they will be helped or hurt economically–regardless of how the justices rule. Information Gateway resource: Understanding Immigration and Child Welfare: https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/systemwide/diverse-populations/immigration/understandingimm/
http://www.sunherald.com/news/article73214277.html

US: Department of Justice Releases the 2016 National Strategy for Child Exploitation Prevention and Interdiction (Press release)
U.S. Department of Justice – April 19, 2016
Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch today announced that the Department of Justice released the 2016 National Strategy for Child Exploitation Prevention and Interdiction. The strategy provides a comprehensive threat assessment of the nature and scope of the current dangers facing our nation’s children, including child pornography offenses, sextortion and live-streaming of child sexual abuse, child sex trafficking, child sex tourism and sex offense registry violations. For the first time, the strategy also dedicates an entire section to the unique challenges confronting child exploitation in Indian Country. Report: https://www.justice.gov/psc/file/842411/download
https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/department-justice-releases-2016-national-strategy-child-exploitation-prevention-and

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Canada: Police seek suspects who posed as Child Protection Services employees
CTV Atlantic News – April 21, 2016
Police in Nova Scotia are warning the public after two incidents in which people appeared to misrepresent themselves as Child Protection Services employees. In both cases, parents were told they could lose custody of their child.
http://atlantic.ctvnews.ca/police-seek-suspects-who-posed-as-child-protection-services-employees-1.2869052

South Africa: Child welfare adoption services now accredited
News 24 – April 21, 2016
PORT Shepstone Child Welfare manager Sagree Naicker said they are now fully accredited to offer permanent adoption services after the organisation was awarded accreditation by Department of Social Development. Naicker said for a child protection organisation to be accredited they require a social worker with special skills. Child Welfare Port Shepstone social worker Khosi Tshazi will be responsible for facilitating processes.
http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/Local/South-Coast-Fever/child-welfare-adoption-services-now-accredited-20160420

US: 3 Tips for New Foster-Adoptive Parents (Opinion)
The Huffington Post – April 20, 2016
We were seriously under-prepared for our journey as foster parents. If you’re starting the process to become a foster parent, or if you’re fairly new to this gig (like me) — consider these three things I wish I would’ve known as a new foster-adoptive parent.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/danielle-helzer/3-tips-for-new-fosteradop_b_9722494.html

US: Prison’s extended punch–Female children of inmates at greater risk for neurological problems
Medical News Today – April 20, 2016
A secondary analysis of data gathered in scores of interviews with female inmates suggests girls who have an incarcerated adult in the family may be at greater risk for lifelong neurological problems. Study: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/07399332.2016.1140768?journalCode=uhcw20#.VxhF7aT2Z3s Information Gateway Resource: Children in Out-of-Home Care With Incarcerated Parents: https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/outofhome/casework/children/incarcerated/
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/309308.php

US: States weigh costs, benefits of undocumented immigrant parents
Stateline – April 20, 2016
As U.S. Supreme Court justices weigh whether President Barack Obama has the power to grant legal work status to about 3.5 million undocumented immigrant parents, states are weighing the costs of the decision. And they are divided on whether they will be helped or hurt economically — regardless of how the justices rule.
http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/blogs/stateline/2016/04/20/states-weigh-costs-benefits-of-undocumented-immigrant-parents

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Australia: Referrals to Australian child protection services increase 6% in a year
The Guardian – April 21, 2016
The number of children who received child protection services has jumped by 6% in one year, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are seven times more likely to have accessed the system than their non-Indigenous counterparts, a new report has found.
http://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/apr/21/referrals-to-australian-child-protection-services-increase-6-in-a-year

Georgia: UN Special Envoy Concerned About Children’s Rights in Georgia 
Georgia Today – April 20, 2016
The Dutch-born de Boer-Buquicchio emphasized that despite the government’s effort to better protect children from abuse, violence and exploitation significant problems remain for involving children living and working on the streets and the integration of children who live in special child care institutions into their families and communities.
http://georgiatoday.ge/news/3592/UN-Special-Envoy-Concerned-About-Children%E2%80%99s-Rights-in-Georgia

Greenland: The Arctic Suicides: It’s Not The Dark That Kills You (Includes audio)
National Public Radio – April 21, 2016
Her observations are in line with something psychologists and sociologists think is fundamental to the causes of suicide in Greenland. When communities are disrupted, like Kangeq was, families start to collapse. There’s an increase in alcoholism, child neglect and physical abuse, all of which are risk factors for suicide.
http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2016/04/21/474847921/the-arctic-suicides-its-not-the-dark-that-kills-you?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=storiesfromnpr

International: Placing Muslim orphans into real homes (Opinion)
Altmuslimah – April 20, 2016
While sending money from afar to an orphanage is admirable, we need to do more. New Star Kafala is the only Muslim American adoption agency whose mission centers around convincing Muslim governments to allow it to place children from their orphanages into Muslim American homes.
http://www.altmuslimah.com/2016/04/placing-muslim-orphans-real-homes/
US: Child Welfare Solutions: Paging Captain Obvious (Opinion)
Chronicle of Social Change – April 19, 2016
When foster parents tell me about their ill-treatment I always say the same thing: The system really needs you. If that’s how they treat you, how do you think they treat the birth parents? Think about that long enough, and you might start to do what former foster parent Mary Callahan did — start questioning what child welfare agencies told her about the children they were placing with her.
https://chronicleofsocialchange.org/child-welfare-2/child-welfare-solutions-paging-captain-obvious/17391

US: Preventing Child Abuse Before it Occurs
US News & World Report – April 19, 2016
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, an important time when concerned citizens and organizations host public awareness events and educational activities focused on drawing attention to the urgent need to stop child abuse before it starts. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, very few cases of abuse or neglect are reported in the news, and many are not even reported to police or social services. According to 2012 data, 1,640 children died in the U.S. from abuse and neglect, and 686,000 children were found to be victims of maltreatment by child protective services.
http://health.usnews.com/health-news/patient-advice/articles/2016-04-19/preventing-child-abuse-before-it-occurs

US: States With Punitive Justice Systems Have Higher Rates of Foster Care, Study Finds
Newswise – April 19, 2016
The number of children in foster care across the country is driven not solely by child abuse and neglect, but by states’ varying politics and approaches to social problems, a new University of Washington (UW) study finds.
http://www.newswise.com/articles/view/651921/?sc=rsla

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China: Hidden Children: Abandonment, Adoption, and the Human Costs of the One-Child Policy
Foreign Affairs – April 19, 2016
The recent gradual loosening of the one-child policy does not change the fact that “out of plan” children may be seized from loving birth or foster parents, inflicting enduring pain on both generations. Johnson’s extraordinary book conveys the intense suffering of ordinary people struggling to build families against the will of an implacable bureaucracy.
https://www.foreignaffairs.com/reviews/capsule-review/2016-04-15/china-s-hidden-children-abandonment-adoption-and-human-costs-one

Guatemala: Mom Puts Groceries Away While 2-Year-Old Plays on Front Patio. She Has No Idea Someone’s Watching 
Independent Journal – April 19, 2016
Anyeli had just become another victim of human trafficking, and her parents haven’t been in contact with her since. But they have seen her. She lives in Missouri with her adoptive parents under the name Karen Abigail Monahan.
http://www.ijreview.com/2016/04/587893-mom-coming-home-from-shopping-trip-with-daughter-lets-her-play-outside-she-had-no-idea-someone-else-was-with-her/

US: ACF at 25: Impacting People, Affecting Change, Empowering Families (Press release)
HHS.gov – April 18, 2016
Twenty-five years ago, on April 15, 1991, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) was born. ACF was created to bring together a wide range of programs for children, families and communities, under a single division of the Department of Health and Human Services. HHS Secretary Louis Sullivan explained at the time: “For the first time, the government will have a single agency bringing together the many child and family programs.” In doing so, a key goal was to encourage existing federal programs, now under the same roof, to find ways to work with each other to address the needs of the same populations being served.
http://www.hhs.gov/blog/2016/04/18/acf25-impacting-people-affecting-change-empowering-families.html

US: More than half of homeless youth were asked to leave
San Diego Union Tribune – April 18, 2016
More than half of the young people with no place to live first became homeless when a parent or guardian asked them to leave, according to a first-of-its-kind study by federal social workers. The report from the Administration for Children and Families within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services also said more than half of homeless young people who were interviewed by researchers had tried to stay at a shelter but were turned away for lack of space.
http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/2016/apr/18/homeless-youth/

US: Standardizing care improves outcomes for infants born with neonatal abstinence syndrome 
Medical News Today – April 18, 2016
Standardizing hospital care policies across institutions for infants diagnosed with drug withdrawal symptoms at birth reduces their length of treatment and hospitalization, according to new collaborative research led by Vermont Oxford Network, Vanderbilt and the University of Michigan Health System.
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/309197.php

US: Starving the Foster Care Beast Hurts Only the Children (Opinion)
Chronicle of Social Change – April 18, 2016
In his brilliant column of April 5, Sean Hughes explains why 20 years after the federal Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) was replaced, states still have to document a child’s AFDC eligibility in order to receive federal reimbursement for foster care. This Title IV-E “lookback” has potentially cost state and local child welfare systems billions of dollars over the past two decades.
https://chronicleofsocialchange.org/blogger-co-op/starving-foster-care-beast-hurts-children/17383

US: Supreme Court Seems Divided on Obama Immigration Showdown
NBC News – April 18, 2016
Sixteen other states are urging the justice to let the policy take effect. It would allow “millions of hard-working immigrants to work legally, dramatically increasing their incomes and state tax revenues,” says Bob Ferguson, Washington’s attorney general. And it would allow families to remain intact, instead of deporting the parents and leaving the children in the child welfare system at great expense to states. Information Gateway Resource: Understanding Immigration and Child Welfare: https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/systemwide/diverse-populations/immigration/understandingimm/
http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/supreme-court-hear-obama-immigration-showdown-n556841

US: The religious freedom battles playing out across the U.S.
Linn County Leader – April 18, 2016
More than 100 religious freedom bills have been proposed in state legislatures since the Obergefell v. Hodges ruling. Their sponsors argue that religious organizations, faith-based charities, small-business owners who object to same-sex marriage on religious grounds and other groups need to be guaranteed the freedom to follow their conscience without the threat of legal action.
http://www.linncountyleader.com/news/20160411/religious-freedom-battles-playing-out-across-us?rssfeed=true

US: Religious day cares get freedom from oversight, with tragic results (Includes audio)
Reveal News – April 12, 2016
Sixteen states have carved out exceptions for some faith-based day cares. Freedoms vary from state to state, ranging from the minor, such as waiving a registration fee, to the extreme, where religious day cares aren’t licensed and follow virtually no rules.
https://www.revealnews.org/article/religious-day-cares-operate-with-little-oversight-and-accountability/

INTERNATIONAL

Canada: Aboriginal children are statistically over-represented in the foster system
Regina Leader-Post – April 18, 2016
A recent Statistics Canada report put the number much higher in 2011 — 87 per cent of foster children were aboriginal, though aboriginal children made up only 27 per cent of the child population. (Social Services’ number from that year is 70 per cent.)
http://leaderpost.com/news/saskatchewan/aboriginal-children-are-statistically-over-represented-in-the-foster-system

India: ‘New IT enabled system would make child adoption easier’
The Sentinel – April 18, 2016
Union Minister for Women & Child Development Maneka Gandhi today said that the revised Child Adoption and the Guidelines Governing Adoption of Children 2015 coupled with the new IT enabled adoption system will simplify the adoption process.
http://www.sentinelassam.com/meghalaya/story.php?sec=2&subsec=8&id=264160&dtP=2016-04-19&ppr=1

India: Working to stop women, child trafficking: Maneka
Morung Express – April 18, 2016
Shillong, April 18 (IANS) India is in the process of finding a solution to thwart trafficking of women and children from Nepal, Bangladesh and Pakistan, union Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi said here on Monday. Gandhi, who inaugurated the “Regional Conference of North Eastern States on Child Adoption” here, also directed all the northeastern states to appoint a special woman police official in each village to prevent trafficking of women and children.
http://morungexpress.com/india-working-to-stop-women-child-trafficking-maneka/

International: Sneakers4Funds and American World Adoption Announce Their Partnership to Help Adoptive Families Raise Money on Earth Day and Beyond (Press release)
PRNewswire – April 18, 2016
AWAA has recently formed One Orphan; a division tasked with raising money, with the support of champions, to support orphans in 9 countries. Funds raised through One Orphan will provide dental and medical care, education, clothing, and even travel expenses when children are matched with a forever family.
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/sneakers4funds-and-american-world-adoption-announce-their-partnership-to-help-adoptive-families-raise-money-on-earth-day-and-beyond-300253050.html

Viet Nam: Lack of protection, education causes child sex abuse
Vietnam.net – April 19, 2016
The number of childhood sexual abuse cases in Viet Nam has been increasing in recent years. Many cases have been detected and denounced. But many cases of childhood sexual harassment remain undetected
http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/society/154854/lack-of-protection–education-causes-child-sex-abuse.html

 

US: Federal PSA Campaign and Study Aim to Increase Awareness of Youth Homelessness
Youth Today – April 18, 2016
“I really didn’t feel safe anymore at home,” says the first young person in a new public service announcement campaign that aims to connect runaway and homeless youth with the support they need.
http://youthtoday.org/2016/04/federal-psa-campaign-study-aim-to-increase-awareness-of-youth-homelessness/

US: All Children Deserve to Be Safe (Opinion)
Chronicle of Social Change – April 16, 2016
On April 7, four Los Angeles County social workers were charged with felony child abuse and falsifying public records as a result of the 2012 death of 8-year-old Gabriel Fernandez. The Palmdale boy died as a result of injuries caused by his mother and her boyfriend. County social workers were later investigated for missing several troubling signs of abuse. What is being perceived by many as “justice” in an innocent child’s death will create a county that will be crushed by more detentions of children, higher caseloads for social workers and an attack on a system of the most vulnerable parts of our society.
https://chronicleofsocialchange.org/opinion/children-deserve-safe/17500

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