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Keeping Families Together

Crosscut (Seattle), Judy Lightfoot Jul 30, 2013

Mina Dixon said: Growing knowledge about the long-term effects of childhood trauma and the importance of relationships is changing the foster care system.

Foster Care, child development, 10275896

‘Stop and Frisk’ Stirs Up, Rather than Deters, Youth Crime

TIME, Maia Szalavitz Jul 26, 2013

Mina Dixon said: Researchers found that youth who were stopped for questioning were more likely than those who were not to engage in delinquent behavior later on.

crime, juvenile justice, teens

Damage Done: Experts Consider How Head Injuries Factor into Juvenile Cases

Sheboygan Press (Wis.), Josh Lintereur Jul 27, 2013

Mina Dixon said: Two Wisconsin teens, both 14, will be sentenced next month after being convicted of first-degree intentional homicide. One of the teens suffered a traumatic brain injury that family members say caused permanent damage.

Health, violence, teens, juvenile criminals

Court to Review Plan for Baby Veronica's Transition Back to South Carolina

Tulsa World, Jarrel Wade Jul 31, 2013

Mina Dixon said: Social workers have outlined suggestions for a process to return Veronica to her adoptive parents. A South Carolina family court is set to review the transition plan Wednesday.

child welfare

California Rehab Clinics Bill Taxpayers for Fake Clients, Addictions

The Center for Investigative Reporting/CNN Jul 29, 2013

Mina Dixon said: Fraud is rampant in California's drug rehabilitation program for the poor.

health care

Sex-Trafficking Sting Highlights Vulnerability of Foster Children

Los Angeles Times, Alexie Koseff Jul 29, 2013

Mina Dixon said: The recent nationwide sex-trafficking sting brings renewed attention to the vulnerabilities of foster children , who are disproportionately targeted and recruited by child sex traffickers.

homelessness, Foster Care, teens, sex trafficking

More Than 100 Teens Rescued in Weekend Sex-Trafficking Raids, FBI Says

NBC News, Pete Williams and Erin McClam Jul 29, 2013

Mina Dixon said: In the FBI's largest action to date focusing on the recovery of sexually exploited children, more than 100 teens were rescued over the weekend.

teens, child sex abuse, sex trafficking

For Parents Needing Child Care Help, Family Support Center Gives Them a Safe Place to Turn

Deseret News (Salt Lake City, Utah), Marjorie Cortez Jul 29, 2013

Mina Dixon said: A number of high-profile incidents of child abandonment in Salt Lake County, Utah, highlight the need for emergency and regular child care.

work, child care, child abuse and neglect, early child development

Hannah's Story (Video)

The New York Times, Kassie Bracken and John Woo Jul 25, 2013

Mina Dixon said: In small-town Huntingdon, Tenn., the combination of prescription painkiller abuse and lack of job opportunities is tearing families apart. For Hannah, 14, basketball offers refuge from family problems. When basketball season ends, Hannah's living situation becomes increasingly unsettled.

Education, child abuse and neglect, juvenile criminals and victims

Research Shows Diaper Shortage Can Lead To Child Abuse

CBS Detroit Jul 29, 2013

Mina Dixon said: When families don't have enough money to cover the basics to care for a baby, the stress on parents can increase the risk for child abuse. Diapers are not covered by assistance programs and 3 in 10 poor families report they cannot afford an adequate supply.

Health, child abuse and neglect