Tough Love: Documentary Shows Parents’ Struggles in Child Welfare Systems

Sometimes, there’s tough love. Other times, it’s just tough. That’s the situation facing many parents who are trying to win back custody of children who have been placed in the child welfare system . . .

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Tamar Birckhead

Some Courts Recreating Debtors’ Prison

Across the U.S., even minor criminal charges can create insurmountable debt burdens for already-struggling families . . .

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Youth M.O.V.E. Maine

Peer Mentoring: Youth Who Faced Mental Health Issues Now Aid Others

The STAY program, now in its third year, is training as many as 40 peer mentors each year — young people who may have struggled with depression or bipolar disorder or have been hospitalized after suicide attempts . . .

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Stephanie Krauss

The Traps That Thwart Readiness and Wellness

Four traps that get in the way of readiness: Knowing these has transformed how I think about readiness . . .

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Neil Campbell

Substance Use Disorder: A Chronic Health Issue Must Be Treated as Such

Unfortunately in this country, services for mental health and addiction are treated as acute — even though characteristics mirror a chronic health condition . . .

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Wide Angle Youth Media

Helping Kids Earn Credentials: Digital Badges for Out-of-School Time Learning

The idea of badges is not new: Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts have offered them for years. Digital badges, however, are posted online by a third party for viewing by potential employers, college admissions officers and others . . .

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What’s on Christine James-Brown’s Bookshelf?

Christine James-Brown is president and CEO of the Child Welfare League of America, the nation’s oldest and largest membership-based child welfare organization . . .

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In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction

“This is the domain of addiction, where we constantly seek something outside ourselves to curb an insatiable yearning for relief or fulfillment . . .

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What’s on Jodi Grant’s Bookshelf?

Jodi Grant is the executive director of Afterschool Alliance, an advocacy organization working to create and expand quality after-school programs on local, state and national levels . . .

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California Lawmakers Approve Plan to Tackle Misuse of Psychiatric Meds

Legislation to curb over-reliance on psychotropic drugs in foster care could become a model for the nation . . .

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