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Last week a judge told 16 year-old Abraham if he went to the hospital for an xray - he would be free to go to Mexico to see the doctor who's been treating him with an herbal therapy.

Then last night the judge changed his mind -- and threatened to lock Abraham up if he didn't comply with his new decision. "This is craziness. I talked to the judge he agreed with me he was going to do what I wanted to do and all of a sudden at the last minute he changes it all around" says Abraham.


July 13, 2006

Doctors say teens and young adults sometimes lack insurance in a health care system traditionally divided into pediatrics and adults, or can be incorrectly referred to doctors who don't understand their conditions.

Efforts to target teens came from the fact that survival rates for teens and young adults have remained stagnant even as they have improved for the very young and older adults. Doctors say targeting patients between the age of 15 to about 29 is as much about marketing as medicine. According to the National Childhood Cancer Foundation, about 95 percent of cancer patients younger than 15 are seen by pediatric oncologists, compared to about 20 percent of 15- to 19-year-olds.


July 13, 2006


RICHMOND - A teen cancer patient fighting to use alternative medical treatment for his illness said he told a juvenile court judge in a two-day, closed-door hearing what it's like to go through chemotherapy and that he didn't want to relive it.

"I told him my story ... so he could understand where I was coming from and live through me," 16-year-old Starchild Abraham Cherrix said. In all, the judge heard 11 hours of testimony before the hearing concluded late Tuesday. At issue is if the teen can make his own medical decisions and whether he can keep living with his parents and four siblings on Chincoteague, an island off Virginia's Eastern Shore.


July 12, 2006

by Colin Poitras

A state social worker faces charges of failing to properly use car seats after removing three young triplets from an Ansonia couple last March.

The March 8 incident became a cause celebre for families who felt they have been mistreated by the Department of Children and Families. Many parents who learned about the incident through media reports expressed dismay that DCF would endanger children it was trying to protect. Others said the case showed that DCF workers were guilty of the same kind of mistakes they often accuse parents of making without the same kinds of punishment.

Hartford Courant (CT)

July 12, 2006

by Alison Benjamin

The children of asylum seekers can spend months locked up with their parents in detention centres.

Jess, aged five, and Benny, her two-year-old brother, were locked up for three months at Yarl's Wood immigration detention centre in Bedfordshire. During their incarceration earlier this year, Jess started having nightmares, recalls her mother, Sonya Obote. And, as children do, Jess asked a lot of questions. "Are we in prison? When are we going to be released? When can I go back to school?" Obote responded as best she could but, in truth, had no idea about the length of their stay.

Guardian Unlimited (UK)

July 12, 2006

by Evelyn Pringle

The tax dollar funded mental health screening programs popping up in every corner of the nation represent an enormous gift to Big Pharma from the Bush administration.

After all, drug companies can't push drugs without a lucrative customer base, so the screening programs are a great solution for that little problem. On April 29, 2002, Bush kicked off the whole mental health screening scheme when he announced the establishment of the New Freedom Commission (NFC) during a speech in in New Mexico where he told the audience that mental health centers and hospitals, homeless shelters, and the justice and school systems, have contact with individuals suffering from mental disorders but that too many Americans are falling through the cracks, and so he created the NFC to ensure "that the cracks are closed."

The Sierra Times

July 10, 2006

by Sonja Barisic

CHINCOTEAGUE -- Three months of chemotherapy last year made Starchild Abraham Cherrix nauseated and so weak that at times the tall, skinny teenager had to be carried by his father because he couldn't walk.

So when Abraham, as he's usually called, learned in February that the cancer was active once again, he balked when doctors recommended another round of the drugs, as well as radiation. "I think it would kill me the second time," said Abraham, who instead turned to a sugar-free organic diet, herbs and visits to a clinic in Mexico to treat his Hodgkin's disease, a cancer of the lymph nodes.

Chicago Sun-Times (VA)

July 10, 2006

by Sam Howe Verhovek

Tina Carlsen hid her ailing son in a diaper bag and left the hospital rather than see him have surgery. She had been 'pushed,' his father says.

TACOMA, Wash. - Standing just outside Pierce County Juvenile Court the other day, Todd Rogers conceded that it was probably wrong of Tina Marie Carlsen to have taken the couple's 9-month-old son, Riley, two weeks ago from a Seattle hospital, as the child awaited what doctors said would be lifesaving kidney surgery.

Los Angeles Times (CA)

July 8, 2006

by Marga Lincoln

BOULDER - Wanted: open-minded, caring individuals who can be advocates for kids - sometimes kids in very tough and emotionally charged situations.

The Fifth Judicial District Voice for Children is seeking volunteers to work as court-appointed special advocates for children in Jefferson County. The organization, which covers Jefferson, Beaverhead and Madison counties, currently has only one Jefferson County volunteer. There are eight Jefferson County children being served by the program and two more waiting for volunteer advocates. So far, the program has turned to neighboring counties to meet the demand for advocates in Jefferson County.

Helena Independent Record (MT)

July 7, 2006

by Elizabeth Neff

What 17-year-old Tiffany Ann Carver says she recalls most from the custody battles that raged during her childhood is not being listened to. The courts, she says, seemed more focused on her father's rights than hers.

Carver says her claims of abuse at the hands of her father were not believed by California authorities after her mother was branded a "parental alienator" who had brainwashed her. As a teen, Carver ran away from her father's home until attorneys from the Alliance for Children's Rights placed her in a foster home. A court gave her Utah mother sole custody last year. Her father has never been charged and denies the allegation.

Salt Lake Tribune (UT)

July 5, 2006


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