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America's Foster Care system is a quagmire that is spawning a generation of forgotten and forsaken children. Thousands are being neglected, abused, even murdered under what is ostensibly government protection. - Time magazine, November 13, 2000.
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Most experienced social workers needed in child welfare and protection
Child protection and welfare is an area where chronic levels of stress and burnout can occur among social workers, according to a new report.
The findings suggest that "the most experienced social workers should be in child protection" and that "newly qualified social workers need to be well supervised and mentored, particularly in their first year in practice in order to become effective workers in the area".
May 22, 2012
More relatives, friends caring for kids
WASHINGTON - Howard Dubowitz, a Maryland pediatrician and researcher who specializes in child protection issues, knows how hard it can be to raise other people's children.
Over the years while talking with grandparents and others who take on the role of guardian when parents struggle, "my heart went out to them - they were trying so hard," said Dubowitz, trained to help treat children who have been abused or neglected.
May 22, 2012
Support for Pot Legalization Crosses 50 Percent, With 56 Percent of Americans Now In Favor of Treating it Like Booze
"A solid majority of voters nationwide favor legalizing and regulating marijuana similar to the way alcohol and tobacco cigarettes are currently regulated," reports the polling firm Rasmussen.
"A new national telephone survey of Likely Voters shows that 56% favor legalizing and regulating marijuana in a similar manner to the way alcohol and tobacco cigarettes are regulated. Thirty-six percent (36%) are opposed to such a legalizing and regulating pot."
May 22, 2012
Dental Abuse Seen Driven by Private Equity Investments
Isaac Gagnon stepped off the school bus sobbing last October and opened his mouth to show his mother where it hurt.
She saw steel crowns on two of the 4-year-old's back teeth. A dentist's statement in his backpack showed he had received two pulpotomies, or baby root canals, along with the crowns and 10 X-rays -- all while he was at school. Isaac, who suffers from seizures from a brain injury in infancy, didn't need the work, according to his mother, Stacey Gagnon. "I was absolutely horrified," said Gagnon, of Camp Verde, Arizona. "I never gave them permission to drill into my son's mouth. They did it for profit."
May 17, 2012
Skechers lawsuit: How to get a share of $40-million settlement
Skechers has agreed to pay $40 million to consumers who purchased its rocker-bottom shoes under the mistaken belief that the shoes would help give them Kim Kardashian's booty or Joe Montana's stamina.
So how do you get your piece of the payout if you purchased the shoes months, if not years ago, and don't have a receipt? No problem. This refund relies largely on the honor system. Anyone who purchased the company's line of Shape-Up shoes -- or its Resistance Runners, Tone-ups or Toners -- is entitled to a partial refund whether they have proof of purchase or not, officials said Thursday.
May 17, 2012
Should childhood vaccination be mandatory?
On bmj.com today, two experts debate whether childhood vaccination should be mandatory in the UK. Paul Offit, Chief of Infectious diseases at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia believes that mandatory vaccination is needed to protect the vulnerable.
He argues that, when parents choose not to vaccinate, not only are they making a choice for their own children, they are also making a choice for those with whom their children come into contact. This includes children who are too young to receive vaccines and those who can't be vaccinated and depend on those around them to be protected.
May 16, 2012
Vaccination is not immunization
There is only one kind of immunity and that is natural immunity which is achieved by battling the infectious diseases itself. Vaccination is merely the artificial triggering of temporary responses to manmade pathogens.
Vaccines are both harmful and dangerous and are leading to generations of humans with no natural defenses to disease. Vaccines do not provide long-term immunity; only temporary at best. Vaccines should never be called immunizations because that is a misnomer. Immunity and vaccinations are two different subjects altogether.
May 16, 2012
Top 5 HHS Programs Endangering Women and Children
The so-called "War on Women" is raging, and billions of your tax dollars are being misused to fuel it via the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
In an article entitled "How Federal Welfare Funding Drives Judicial Discretion in Child-Custody Determinations and Domestic Relations Matters" fathers and rights activists Lary Holland and Jason Bottomsly explain that this policy has backfired because the incentives are structured so that the state will only benefit if children are removed from loving homes.
May 15, 2012
Mother's Day...How It Came About
In the United States, Mother's Day is an annual holiday celebrated on the second Sunday in May. Mother's Day recognizes mothers, motherhood and maternal bonds in general, as well the positive contributions that they make to society.
Woman's peace groups were the first to start Mother's Day. The groups were Mothers who sons had died in the American Civil War from both sides. These groups had their celebration of Mother's Day during the 1870' and the 1880's. Unfortunately, none of these celebrations had any National support and only were observed at the local level.
May 13, 2012
Time magazine breastfeeding cover proves print is not dead
Time magazine's breastfeeding cover proves that print doesn't need to throw up the white flag and hand victory to digital forces, expert says.
The Time cover shows breastfeeding in an up-close-and-personal kind of way that many Americans have never seen before: a 3-year-old boy standing on a chair so he can better suckle at his standing mother's breast, with both mother and child looking directly into the camera.
May 11, 2012
When Children See Internet Pornography
PARENTS have learned to expect, and often dread, two sex talks with their children: the early lesson about the "birds and the bees" and the more delicate discussion of how to navigate a healthy sexual life as a young adult.
But now they are wrestling with a third: the pornography talk. There is no set script, and no predictable moment for the conversation. It can happen at as early an age as 6 or 7, when a child may not yet understand the basic mechanics of sex. It is typically set off by a child's accidental wanderings online or the deliberate searches of a curious teenager on a smartphone, laptop, tablet or one of the other devices that have made it nearly impossible to grow up without encountering sexually explicit material.
May 10, 2012
Son in foster care: Swede seeks Indian citizenship
The Swedish father of an 11-year-old boy of Indian origin being held in foster care in Sweden for the last three years has expressed willingness to apply for Indian citizenship.
The boy, Domenic Samuel Johansson, was born of an NRI mother Annie, formerly known as Nirmalkumar Bharos from Pune. Annie had earlier appealed to Sagarika Bhattacharya, who was recently reunited with her infant son and daughter Abhigyan and Aishwarya after the children were released by Norway's Child Welfare Services, for securing release of her son.
May 4, 2012
N.Ont homeschoolers to network at Sault convention
It's out of the house - and into a convention space - for many homeschooling families on Saturday, as they take part in the first-ever Northern Ontario Homeschool Convention in Sault Ste. Marie.
Susanne Anderson helped to plan the event that she says is not just for homeschooling parents. "We do have people that are interested in homeschooling but are not sure where to start, so this is a good place for them to come and hear from other people that were homeschooled, so it will be quite informative," she said.
May 4, 2012
Homeschooling as an alternative to sending kids to school
Mainstream education in the Philippines has been around for more than a hundred years. The idea of sending your child to a conventional school has been so ingrained in our psyche that schools are normally considered students' second homes.
By the time children start to walk and talk, parents start to canvas for the most reputable school that will raise them best, and one they can afford at that. But a new movement led by the Homeschooling Association of the Philippine Islands (HAPI) is changing the landscape of education by advocating homeschooling in the Philippines. Established in 2009, HAPI is an organization composed of homeschooling families, as well as various accredited schools who offer home school programs.
April 25, 2012
Girls Gone Wild
Through sites like Craigslist, more and more young women are experimenting with anonymous sex before they understand the dangers. Welcome to the Net Generation of female sex addiction.
I would still have been a sex addict without the Internet, but it's hard for me to picture because those two tweaky compulsions are so tightly wrapped together for me. I even discovered my sexuality and the World Wide Web at the same time.
April 16, 2012
Bangalore: Women welfare dept officer accused of rape
The department of women and child welfare is again in the news for wrong reasons: one of its senior officials based in Tumkur has been accused of sexually exploiting the principal of a school for mentally challenged children.
Radhakrishna, deputy director, women and child welfare department, allegedly raped Ganga Chandrashekhar, the principal of Spandana School for Special Children based in Batwade village in Tumkur. The victim filed a complaint with Yelahanka police in this regard on Saturday. She alleged that Radhakrishna sought sexual favours from her if she wanted government funds to be released for her school. She claimed that Radhakrishna exploited her this way for three years.
April 16, 2012
Researching the Chicken Pox (Varicella) vaccination
Here in the UK the NHS does not offer the chicken pox vaccination to children unless they are particularly vunerable to chicken pox (NHS website explaining this, BBC article about it from 2010).
This a bit of a debate in the UK - with many claiming it's just a money saving exercise on the behalf of the NHS not based on what's best for our children... The counter argument is that vaccinating children against chicken pox increases the risk of shingles in the elderly, so shingles vaccinations should be done first.
April 16, 2012
After abuse investigation kids often remain at risk
Children who remain at home after an abuse investigation are often still facing risk factors for maltreatment a few years later, a new study finds.
In the U.S., states' Child Protective Services (CPS) investigate more than three million new cases of possible child abuse each year. In a small percentage of cases -- less than 10 percent -- the child will be placed into foster care. A number of studies have looked into how children fare in the foster-care system. But a lot less has been known about that vast majority of kids who remain at home.
April 16, 2012
CA: OPPOSE AB2109 Restricting Vaccine Exemptions
Contact California Legislators NOW to Oppose AB2109 - Your rights to make informed independent vaccination choices for your family are under attack by forced vaccination proponents in California.
AB2109, introduced by Assembly Member Richard Pan, who himself is a pediatrician, would impose these additional costly and time consuming burdens on parents wanting to use a personal belief exemption to: 1) pay for an expensive appointment at a medical doctor's office to be given vaccine risk and benefit information that is already available online for free; and
April 4, 2012
Activist Post: Supreme Court upholds jail strip searches with no suspicion regardless of alleged crime
The Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that jails are allowed to conduct invasive strip searches on new inmates without any suspicion, regardless of the offense(s) the individual alleged committed.
While tragic, this decision is hardly surprising given the fact that the United States has descended into a hellish police state where even children are targeted by police officers and almost anything you do can be considered an indicator of terrorism. This also perfectly exemplifies what I like to call the de facto dual justice system, wherein police are allowed to get away with murder and the brutal assault of elderly people with dementia, while average people are arrested and thrown in jail for failing to finish a siding project.
April 3, 2012
My Voice: Sandra Sanders
SANDRA Sanders faced extreme challenges when she was raised in foster care. Then she discovered the healing power of art and craft.
WHEN I was 14, I experienced something no child should ever have to: the death of my mother. As she was a single parent and I an only child, her death left me orphaned. The responsibility for my welfare was handed over to often- abusive foster carers.
April 1, 2012
There's no place like home for learning
What do Albert Einstein, Serena Williams, George Washington, C.S. Lewis and the Jonas Brothers have in common? The answer: They were all homeschooled.
Although still new in the Philippines, more and more urban parents are considering homeschooling as a better option for their children's education, according to Edric Mendoza, president of the Homeschool Association of the Philippine Islands (HAPI).
March 18, 2012
Minecraft Mods and Homeschooling
First, this Geekdad idea is great! I have two boys, 10 and 6, and I've resigned myself to the label of 'geek' or something analogous.
So, first post. My sons are both homeschooled. They are both thriving being homeschooled by mom, going through a curriculum that introduces writing and reading through historical studies and literature. They are now studying waterwheel-era factories and as an illustration of the era, we used Minecraft yesterday with the Better than Wolves mod to allow him to replicate a factory. He had to lay out the design, explain what it was used for, and then create it in Minecraft.
March 16, 2012
Barely Literate? How Christian Fundamentalist Homeschooling Hurts Kids
In recent weeks, homeschooling has received nationwide attention because of Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum's homeschooling family.
Though Santorum paints a rosy picture of homeschooling in the United States, and calls attention to the "responsibility" all parents have to take their children's education into their own hands, he fails to acknowledge the very real potential for educational neglect among some homeschooling families - neglect that has been taking place for decades, and continues to this day.
March 14, 2012
Amazon.com sales-tax effort revived in Legislature
A House committee Wednesday revived a bill to charge sales tax on Amazon.com purchases, despite the fact that the measure has already failed twice in the Senate this session.
The bill is an attempt to level the playing field between online and brick-and-mortar retailers. Currently, online sales are exempt from the state sales tax, fueling a national debate about tax equity.
March 14, 2012
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