Foster care kids need help as they age out of system

Setting up a new apartment and living independently is challenging for a new graduate with a new job, but if you’re one of the roughly 113 children a month aging out of the foster care system in Southwest Florida the challenge can be even more daunting. The Children’s Network of Southwest Florida provides independent living training each month for 100 to 125 people turning 18 and preparing to leave the foster care system, according to Read More

City Seeking to Diversify Foster System

New York City is launching a campaign to recruit gay and lesbian foster parents, part of a major push to expand the kinds of families who consider fostering and to find more welcoming homes for children who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer. The public ad campaign, set to roll out this week, features images of an interracial gay couple spending time with a young child. “Be the reason she has hope,” one Read More

Foster Care a Sound Choice for Some Maltreated Children

Newspaper articles, TV shows and books are filled with horror stories of children placed in foster care. A new study bucks that trend by showing out-of-home placements can improve the emotional health of some youths who have been maltreated by a parent. The study, led by Ann-Marie Conn, PhD, general pediatric academic fellow at University of Rochester Medical Center in New York, will be presented Monday, May 6, at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual Read More

TeachME: New Online Courses

APA Ethical Principles for Psychologists The American Psychological Association’s (APA) Ethical Principals for Psychologist’s and Code of Code of Conduct provides an overview of standards that psychologists adhere to in protecting the welfare of individuals and the integrity of the profession. This brief, intermediate level course discusses general principles, ethical standards, and amendments to the code of conduct. Topics include human relations, privacy and confidentiality, education and training, research and publication, assessment, and therapy. Course Read More

DNA testing for adoptive children

The Red Thread welcomes guest writer Chris Baer.  An adoptive father curious about his son’s medical history and heritage, Baer sought out DNA testing. Here, he writes about why he did it and why he believes all adoptive parents should have their children tested. He also shares some of the major discoveries he made along the way. Growing up as the youngest of the Baer family clan, I knew what to expect in becoming a Read More

Mental Health Needs of Adolescents Often Overlooked

The vast majority of mental health disorders in adolescents go undiagnosed and untreated, with young people who are African American, LGBT, homeless or under the jurisdiction of the child welfare or juvenile justice system least likely to get the care they need, a leading researcher into child well-being said Thursday. About 20 percent of all adolescents have some kind of mental health disorder that can be diagnosed, yet between 60 to 90 percent of those Read More

Mental health counseling expanded to elementary schools

Milpitas Unified School District continues to be proactive about its intervention, last week approving placement next month for additional mental health counseling days before Friday’s tragic massacre of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Less than one week after the Board of Education approved the ratification of a $104,000 contract with Palo Alto-based non-profit organization Counseling and Support Services for Youth to provide social and emotional support services Read More

Helping Foster Kids Even After Adoption

Say "adoption" and many Americans think "babies." The U.S. system was largely organized around placing infants, both from this country and abroad. It turns out that, by far, the largest number of adoptions in the U.S. is through the foster care system. That means toddlers, young children, even teens. Yet many in the field say the system does little to help families cope with the special issues a number of these children will face, even Read More

School a struggle for homeless children

Students wondering where they’re going to sleep at night may have trouble paying attention in class. In Miami-Dade County, the number of kids without a home is in the thousands and growing. The county school district counted more than 4,406 students who were homeless in the 2010-11 academic year. In Florida during the past five years, homelessness among public school students ages 5 to 17 jumped 84 percent. During the 2010-11 school year, the most Read More

National Foster Care Month

Each May, people across the nation recognize National Foster Care Month. It is a time when the experiences of the children and youth in the foster care system, are brought to the forefront and awareness is raised concerning the needs of these children. According to reports, there are currently more than 12,000 children in Missouri that are in the care and custody of the Children’s Division. According to Alyce Bryant, school nurse at Masterson Elementary Read More