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My Parents Were Home Schooling Anarchists
Tired of the constraints of the 40-hour workweek, my father, in 1972, quit his job in publishing. My parents were in their early 30s, and they had four children under 7. "But we still wanted to explore the world," my father recalled recently.
They bought six one-way tickets to Europe, leaving only a laughable $3,000 to subsist on. Young and idealistic, they thought they could easily educate us along the way. "Life itself would become a portable classroom." They bought six one-way tickets to Europe, leaving only a laughable $3,000 to subsist on. Young and idealistic, they thought they could easily educate us along the way. "Life itself would become a portable classroom."
November 13, 2011
Don't Be An Enabler -- When A Child Is Abused, Here's What To Do
Let's be clear about what you should do if you learn that a child is being sexually abused. Print this out, post it on your bulletin board, and make sure everyone in your family, company, or organization knows how to respond to child sexual abuse.
Don't call Child Protective Services-investigating crimes is not the function of CPS. If a child tells you he or she is being abused, don't panic, don't act shocked. Make sure the child feels supported and protected. Say, "You did the right thing in telling me."
November 10, 2011
Report: Thousands of U.S.-Born Kids Languish in Foster Care as Immigrant Parents Detained, Deported
A new report looks at how thousands of U.S.-born children are being sent to foster care when their non-U.S. citizen parents are detained or deported.
The Applied Research Center investigation, "Shattered Families: The Perilous Intersection of Immigration Enforcement and the Child Welfare System," finds there are at least 5,100 children currently living in foster care, who are prevented from uniting with their detained or deported parents. If nothing changes, researchers found some 15,000 more children may end up in foster care in the next five years. We speak with Seth Freed Wessler, the principal investigator of the report.
November 10, 2011
Doctors Deficient in Reporting Child Abuse Cases: Study
A new study shows that primary care providers fail to report a substantial number of cases of child abuse.
In some cases a child could be bruised or scratched from playing, falling, or bumping into something and it may be quite difficult for a pediatrician to determine whether or not a child is being abused, especially if that child is not one to speak up.
November 9, 2011
Psychologist Offers Tips for Growing Happy, Healthy Foster Kids
When foster parents don't understand the fear, anger and other emotions experienced by children suddenly removed from their parents, the consequences are often disastrous, says psychologist Kalyani Gopal, author of "The Supportive Foster Parent".
Kalyani, who has counseled foster parents and foster children for more than 25 years, offers insights and strategies for helping those children grow into emotionally healthy adults. "When this child arrives, this child does not want to live with you," Gopal writes. "Some of these children resist adjusting to foster care, pine for the absent parent and get defiant, oppositional, aggressive, withdrawn, or just simply guarded."
November 8, 2011
Greens, Labour, Maori Party sign child welfare pledge
New Zealand is not often a country associated with child poverty and it would come as a surprise to many New Zealanders that hundreds of thousands of children are growing up in this country in conditions of relative poverty.
Relative poverty means going without doctor's visits, shoes, wet weather clothing, sports and other recreation activities, child welfare lobby group Every Child Counts says. New Zealand has a rheumatic fever rate that is 14 times the OECD average. The risk of rheumatic fever is nearly 28 times higher for a Maori child and nearly 54 times higher for a Pasifika child when compared to a European child.
November 7, 2011
13-year-old orphanage inmate raped, now pregnant
Taking stern action in the rape and impregnation of a 13-year-old girl staying at an orphanage in Kamshet, near Pune, Varsha Eknath Gaikwad, Minister for Women and Child Welfare has ordered to conduct DNA of the unborn child to confirm the paternity.
The test would be held for solving the mystery behind the case in which the girl was allegedly raped and impregnated by a 13-year-old boy staying in the same orphanage. This would also confirm if the baby is fathered by the suspect or the girl's pregnancy was a result of abuse by some adult person.
November 7, 2011
Tests Show Most Store Honey Isn't Honey
More than three-fourths of the honey sold in U.S. grocery stores isn't exactly what the bees produce, according to testing done for Food Safety News. The results show that the pollen frequently has been filtered out of products labeled "honey."
The removal of these microscopic particles from deep within a flower would make the nectar flunk the quality standards set by most of the world's food safety agencies. The food safety divisions of the World Health Organization, the European Commission and dozens of others also have ruled that without pollen there is no way to determine whether the honey came from legitimate and safe sources. In the U.S., the Food and Drug Administration says that any product that's been ultra-filtered and no longer contains pollen isn't honey. However, the FDA isn't checking honey sold here to see if it contains pollen.
November 7, 2011
Adoption rates increasing at an alarming rate
Adoption statistics show that adoption rates are increasing all over the world. When we see this type of rise in statistics, especially in an area that is so critical it brings several questions to mind.
Why is there such a huge increase in the numbers of children in foster care or in need of adoption? What action plan could be taken to control the rising numbers and who should be held responsible? Large numbers of children in foster care are not there due to lack of caring or neglect, or to the woes of our environmental and financial situations. They are there due to the loss of one or both parents. This could be from natural causes or from accidents that cause the death of one or both parents. In some cases there are other family members who can take the children but in some cases there are not. Foster care services try to keep siblings together during the adoption process but, due to the overwhelming strain on families today, sometimes they can only take one.
November 7, 2011
States' grandparent visitation laws raise concern
A growing movement of grandparents seeking more rights for visitation with their grandchildren is exposing wide variations among states on the subject.
All states' laws and court precedents must meet a standard that was set in 2000 by the U.S. Supreme Court. The court said competent parents have the constitutional right to decide who spends time with their children, and that courts can overrule those wishes only in very narrow circumstances.
November 5, 2011
10 States Celebrate National Bulk Foods Week
Last week, the governors of 10 states declared an official recognition of National Bulk Foods Week. Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Maine, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont all encouraged their state's shoppers to...
The Bulk Is Green Council, a food organization based in Portland, Oregon, also issued a letter encouraging more than 500 grocery retailers to display signs advertising the campaign and inviting customers to shop in bulk during National Bulk Foods Week. If you missed National Bulk Foods Week, you can still join the movement by shopping at a local store that sells food in bulk! Buying food in bulk refers to dry, unpackaged, often organic goods like flour, spices, nuts, coffee, cereal and dried fruit that are stored in large bins in grocery stores.
November 4, 2011
CIA's 'Vengeful Librarians' Monitor Twitter, Facebook
McLEAN, Va. - In an anonymous industrial park in Virginia, in an unassuming brick building, the CIA is following tweets -- up to 5 million a day.
At the agency's Open Source Center, a team known affectionately as the "vengeful librarians" also pores over Facebook, newspapers, TV news channels, local radio stations, Internet chat rooms -- anything overseas that anyone can access and contribute to openly.
November 4, 2011
Pregnant mom says sandwich arrest was 'horrifying'
Nicole Leszczynski couldn't imagine that two chicken salad sandwiches would land her and her husband in jail and her 2-year-old daughter in state custody.
Leszczynski, 28, and her husband Marcin, 33, were handcuffed, searched then released on $50 bail each. Their ordeal at the police station lasted a few hours, but their daughter Zofia spent the night away from her parents in a case that has sparked nationwide outrage and forced the Safeway supermarket chain to review the incident.
November 1, 2011
Boy whose mum died is one of the children looking for a new family
Joseph, who was born with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome,(FAS), has been looking for a permanent home for 14 months, following the death of his birth mother.
His foster carer said: "I wish I could keep him because he's such a joy to have around. He's just great, he's not got a mean bone in his body, he's a delight. The toddler, who wears glasses for a lazy eye, is of British and Moroccan heritage and his mother expressed a wish for him to be raised as a Catholic or within the Christian faith.
October 30, 2011
Surprise, Surprise! CDC Recommends Gardasil for All Young Boys
No doubt emboldened by the recent legislative victory of AB499 in California which allows children as young as 12 to accept vaccines for sexually transmitted diseases without parental consent.
Why is the CDC recommending children so young be vaccinated for the HPV virus? The cleverly spun answer to this question given by the CDC is that the vaccine is "no longer effective" once a person becomes sexually active, hence the need to vaccinate the very young. The truth is that the HPV virus is so common in sexually active girls (and overwhelmingly self clearing and not a health issue) that vaccinating them with Gardasil dramatically increases the chance of cancerous lesions by 44.6%
October 26, 2011
America's 'shameful' child abuse problem: 5 theories
In the last decade, more than 20,000 kids have reportedly died because of neglect and abuse - almost quadruple the number of U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Michael Petit, the organization's president, says at BBC News that more than 20,000 American children are believed to have been killed in their own homes as a result of poverty, malnourishment, neglect, and abuse over the last 10 years. That gives the U.S. the worst rate of child abuse of any industrialized nation - triple that of Canada and 11 times that of Italy. Why is this happening? Here, five theories:
October 18, 2011
Gallup: For the first time, 50% support legalizing marijuana
As recently as five years ago, the public opposed it 60/36. Now this.
A record-high 50% of Americans now say the use of marijuana should be made legal, up from 46% last year. Forty-six percent say marijuana use should remain illegal...
October 17, 2011
People should be proud of CSB's work
No child that comes to the attention of CSB does so because CSB drives the streets looking for children to rip from their homes. They come to CSB's attention because someone makes a report concerning suspected abuse or neglect.
While the child is in care, there may be numerous hearings to see if the family is making any progress toward reunification. Then there comes the even smaller percentage that require permanent removal. The natural family is given every opportunity to fix what caused the removal to begin with. They are given a written plan that tells them exactly what needs done and how they, with the help of CSB and other agencies, can achieve that goal.
October 16, 2011
Study Points to Heavy-Handed Repression of Tibetan Area in China
The Tibetan region, Aba prefecture, has been in the spotlight recently because six of seven self-immolations by monks in Sichuan this year have taken place there, in or around the Kirti Monastery.
The monks all set themselves on fire to protest what Tibetan advocacy groups have called harsh Chinese policies. The latest self-immolations took place on Oct. 7, when two teenagers described as former monks set themselves on fire. One of them, Choepel, 19, later died, according to an account of the incident by Free Tibet, a rights group in London.
October 13, 2011
Update: Grandfather Indicted On Child Abuse Charges Stemming From Grand Canyon National Park Hike
An Indiana man has been indicted on six counts alleging child abuse stemming from rim-to-river-to-rim hikes in Grand Canyon National Park with his three grandsons during some of the hottest days of the summer.
The indictment was returned against Christopher Carlson, 45, on September 20 by a grand jury seated in Phoenix, according to agents who investigated the case. It alleged that Mr. Carlson exposed his three young grandchildren to "circumstances likely to produce death or serious bodily injury." "The indictment alleges that Carlson took his three grandsons, ages 8, 9, and 12, on two separate hikes in the park in August when temperatures were in excess of 100 degrees.
October 12, 2011
China assails Dalai Lama over self-immolations
BEIJING (Reuters) - China criticised the Dalai Lama on Tuesday for not denouncing a string of self-immolations by monks protesting for religious freedom in Tibetan parts of China, calling his stance a violation of Buddhist principles.
Seven young men in ethnically Tibetan parts of China's southwestern Sichuan province have set themselves on fire since March in opposition to religious controls by Beijing, which labels their exiled spiritual leader a violent separatist.
October 11, 2011
Is It a Crime to Raise a Morbidly Obese Child?
Alexander is an obese child. And by obese, I mean morbidly obese. At 14 years old, he weighed a whopping 555 pounds. Her excuse was that she had to work a lot in order to provide for him, which led to eating mostly fast food all the time.
Taking obese children away from their parents opens up a nasty Pandora's box. Yes, these children are at risk. But what about parents who smoke? Their children are at risk. So are the children of parents who drink too much, who drive badly, who do any number of things wrong. And what about children who end up anorexic or bulimic? We could blame that on the parents somehow too, I'm sure. And where does the line get crossed? How overweight is too overweight, and more importantly, who gets to decide?
October 7, 2011
Major grant to combat child abuse on reservations
MISSOULA - Children on at least three Montana reservations will soon benefit from a major federal grant.
The National Native Children's Trauma Center at The University of Montana received a $3.2 million award from the federal Administration for Children and Families to combat child abuse in Indian Country. Manning said child abuse and neglect lie at the root of our nation's leading social problems.
October 6, 2011
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