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Toddler’s Death Raises Questions About How Texas Contractor Screens, Trains Foster Parents

The Dallas Morning News, Robert T. Garrett Aug 17, 2013

Mina Dixon said: A toddler's death has raise questions about the screening and training of foster parents by a private child-placing agency.

child death, child welfare

Mentoring Program There for Kids When Parents Can't Be

The Baltimore Sun, Lauren Loricchio Aug 23, 2013

Mina Dixon said: A Baltimore program matches kids who have a parent in prison with a mentor from the community. Nearly 2.7 million U.S. children have a parent behind bars, according to a 2010 study by the Pew Charitable Trusts.

crime and justice, parenting

From Pet Therapy to Yoga, Schools Address Kids' Stress

USA Today, Michelle Healy Aug 20, 2013

Mina Dixon said: Schools are starting to offer more mental wellness support and services as they realize the connection between wellness and success in school, experts say.

Health, Education

Florida Deaths Raise Questions About Child Welfare System

Kansas City Public Media/NPR Aug 22, 2013

Mina Dixon said: Miami Herald reporter Carol Marbin Miller and Linda Spears of the Child Welfare League of America discuss Florida's child welfare system and how we can stop more child deaths from occurring.

, child death, child welfare

At Capitol, a Homecoming for a D.C. Foster Kid

The Washington Post, Trishula Patel Aug 22, 2013

Mina Dixon said: Thomas McRae can recite the dates he entered and left each of 22 homes growing up after he was abandoned by his mother. Now a 19-year-old college student, the D.C. native has returned home to intern on Capitol Hill.

Foster Care, child welfare

There’s No Such Thing As a Bad Kid in These Spokane Trauma-informed Elementary Schools

ACES Too High, Jane Stevens Aug 20, 2013

Mina Dixon said: In 2008, the Spokane, Wash., the educational community decided to change the way they approach school discipline.

Education, , education reform, K-12, child welfare

Classes Resume for Students at DeKalb School Targeted by Gunman

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Marcus K. Garner and Fran Jeffries Aug 21, 2013

Mina Dixon said: A man armed with an AK-47 barricaded himself in the front office of an elementary school Tuesday. School bookkeeper Antoinette Tuff faced down the gunman.

violence, K-12

Juvenile Offenders Learn Meaning of Work Through Mowing Lawns of the Elderly

The Washington Post, Robert Samuels Aug 20, 2013

Julie Drizin said: Earning $8.25 an hour doesn't compare to what Ramon raked in from marijuana, but being spared jail time and getting a legal paycheck make it worthwhile.

Economy, work, juvenile justice

Surgeon Struggles to Save Boy's Life in L.A.'s Shooting Season

Los Angeles Times, Thomas Curwen Aug 18, 2013

Mina Dixon said: July through September is shooting season in L.A. Dr. Brant Putnam, 44, chief of trauma at a California hospital, struggles to save a teen with a bullet in his torso.


From Foster Care into the Sex Trade

Salon/AlterNet, Charlotte Silver Aug 15, 2013

Mina Dixon said: Experts say juvenile justice is not the right way to serve sexually trafficked children. In some states, "recovered" youth can be both a victim and a criminal at the same time.

crime and justice, Foster Care, child sexual abuse, child welfare