Archive for the ‘children and families’ Category

The Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children with Serious Emotional Disturbances

July 16, 2015 Comments off

The Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children with Serious Emotional Disturbances
Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Presents 2012-2013 findings from a federally funded program that supports community-based mental health services for children with serious emotional disturbances. Reports on the system of care approach, service characteristics and use, and child outcomes.

2015 Synthesis of Findings: Child Welfare – Early Education Partnerships to Expand Protective Factors for Children With Child Welfare Involvement Discretionary Grant Cluster

July 12, 2015 Comments off

Child Welfare – Early Education Partnerships to Expand Protective Factors for Children With Child Welfare Involvement Discretionary Grant Cluster (PDF)
Source: Child Welfare Information Gateway

The Children’s Bureau funded these projects to build capacity among State, local, or Tribal child welfare agencies and early childhood systems. The goal was to maximize the identification, enrollment, attendance, and supports of infants and young children, ages birth to 5 years, in foster care or under the supervision of child welfare services, into comprehensive, high-quality early care and education services. Communities built infrastructure to enhance their capacity to deliver multidisciplinary interventions to improve the socio-emotional and behavioral well-being of young children and their families through collaborative service delivery.

Supervising for Quality Child Welfare Practice

July 8, 2015 Comments off

Supervising for Quality Child Welfare Practice
Source: Child Welfare Information Gateway

Presents an overview of child welfare supervision and explores the dimensions of supervision that agencies may want to consider as they seek to strengthen the effectiveness of their services to children and families. This bulletin is designed to provide child welfare supervisors, managers, and related professionals with examples of States’ efforts to strengthen supervisory capacity and with tools and resources to enhance supervisory skills.

Unhappy Meals: Sex Discrimination in Toy Choice at McDonald’s

July 2, 2015 Comments off

Unhappy Meals: Sex Discrimination in Toy Choice at McDonald’s
Source: William and Mary Journal of Women and the Law

This Essay reports on a commonplace form of sex discrimination that we unsuccessfully challenged in a lawsuit before the Connecticut Human Rights Commission. In a small-scale pilot study that we conducted 5 years ago (which was the basis of our initial complaint) and in a follow-up study conducted in 2013, we found that McDonald’s franchises, instead of asking drive-through customers ordering a Happy Meal about their toy preference, asked the customer for the sex of the customer’s child (“Is it for a boy or a girl?”) and then gave different types of toys for each sex. Moreover, our 2013 visits found that franchises treat unaccompanied children differently because of their sex. In 92.9% of the visits, the stores, without asking the child about her or his toy preference, just gave the toy that they had designated for that sex. Moreover, 42.8% of stores refused to offer opposite-sex toys even after the child reapproached the counter and affirmatively asked for an alternative. In the most egregious instance, a girl, after twice asking for a “boy’s toy,” was denied, even though the store a moment later had the “boy’s toy” in stock. These “fair counter” tests indicate that stores use discriminatory default, altering, and mandatory rules. They constitute strong prima facie evidence of disparate treatment on the basis of sex in the terms and conditions of contracting for a public accommodation. We also use our Happy Meal empiricism as a motivating example to explore the proper limits of civil rights law. While newspapers describing job listing as “male” or “female” have been found to be a per se civil rights violation, describing Happy Meal offerings as “boy’s toys” or “girl’s toys” may not, as a positive matter, offend courts’ current notion of equality.

More Canadian parents opting for home schooling their children; 29 per cent increase between 2007 and 2012

June 23, 2015 Comments off

More Canadian parents opting for home schooling their children; 29 per cent increase between 2007 and 2012
Source: Fraser Institute

n increasing number of Canadian families are choosing to home school their children, according to a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

The study, Home Schooling in Canada: The Current Picture—2015, notes that 21,662 Canadian children were registered as ‘home school students’ (with likely more not officially registered) in 2012, an increase of 29 per cent over a five-year period.

The study references the mounting academic literature about home schooling across North America and builds upon earlier Fraser Institute research from 2001 and 2007. It finds that while decisions to homeschool in the past were ideologically or religiously driven, families are now choosing the option for more pragmatic reasons.

For example, parents are choosing education-at-home because it corresponds with their personal circumstances such as having children involved in time-consuming extra-curricular activities; a child with a health or learning disability; or because the family lives in a remote location or travels extensively.

Supporting and Promoting the Well-Being of LGBTQ Youth

June 18, 2015 Comments off

Supporting and Promoting the Well-Being of LGBTQ Youth
Source: Child Welfare Information Gateway
From e-mail:

National LGBTQ Pride Month reminds us all to work against prejudice and toward a safer and equal society for all, including LGBTQ youth and families involved in child welfare. There are approximately 166,000 youth ages 10–18 in foster care in the United States. Of these youth, an estimated 5–10 percent—and likely more—identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning (LGBTQ). Additionally, more LGBTQ individuals and couples are choosing to grow their families through adoption.

In honor of Pride Month, we are pointing to our publications geared toward helping LGBTQ youth involved with child welfare and LGBTQ individuals, couples, and families interested in adoption.

State Post Adoption Services and Programs

June 11, 2015 Comments off

State Post Adoption Services and Programs
Source: Child Welfare Information Gateway

Includes website links to postadoption information provided by State child welfare systems as well as State-funded and State-contracted organizations.

These results are current as of Friday, June 5, 2015 unless otherwise noted.