N.J. pledges $6M to combat teen suicide in response to NJ.com investigation

By Adam Clark | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com New Jersey will spend $6 million on mental health training for school and college employees in response toan NJ Advance Media investigation of the state’s rising suicide rate among teens and young adults. The state will also form a working group of experts to develop mental … Continue reading N.J. pledges $6M to combat teen suicide in response to NJ.com investigation

Brooklyn Family Found Adopting Teen Costly, Challenging and, Ultimately, Joyous

With help from a New York City nonprofit, Joanne and Chris Wright are settling into life with their son By Anne Kadet Photographs by Anna Watts for The Wall Street Journal Feb. 4, 2020 10:00 am When Joanne Wright decided to adopt a teenage boy with her husband, Chris, she had zero qualms. “Chris had been … Continue reading Brooklyn Family Found Adopting Teen Costly, Challenging and, Ultimately, Joyous

They Were Trying To Adopt Kids From China. Then Came The Coronavirus.

"We have coats and clothes ready to go. We just need a little boy to fill them.” Tasneem Nashrulla.   Buzzfeed. Posted on February 6, 2020, at 4:49 p.m. Ruby Faith Cleveland’s new room in Georgia is ready for her. On one side of the wall is a board with her name in pink letters. Another … Continue reading They Were Trying To Adopt Kids From China. Then Came The Coronavirus.

Finland’s Women-Led Government Has Equalized Family Leave: 7 Months For Each Parent

By Laurel Wamsley. NPR.  Feb. 5, 2020. People often ponder how the world might be different if more women were in political power. In Finland, where women lead the five parties in the coalition government, here's one change they're making: equal paid leave for both parents in a family. Finland's government, led by 34-year-old Prime … Continue reading Finland’s Women-Led Government Has Equalized Family Leave: 7 Months For Each Parent

Infants and Teens More Likely to Experience Foster Care Reentry

POSTED JANUARY 12, 2020, BY THE ANNIE E. CASEY FOUNDATION Children who have exited foster care are more likely to return to care if they are infants, in their early teen years or have experienced a group placement before reuniting with their families, according to a new study conducted by the Center for State Child … Continue reading Infants and Teens More Likely to Experience Foster Care Reentry

Why the New Coronavirus (Mostly) Spares Children

So far, very few young children seem to be falling ill. The pattern was seen in outbreaks of SARS and MERS, too. By Apoorva Mandavilli. The New York Times. Feb. 5, 2020. The new coronavirus has infected more than 28,000 people, and at least 563 have died. But relatively few children appear to have developed … Continue reading Why the New Coronavirus (Mostly) Spares Children

How Monkeys Taught Me to Appreciate Teen Sleepovers

One of our chief jobs as parents is to encourage our kids to make and maintain strong friendships. It is one of the skills they will need most in life. By Lydia Denworth. The New York Times. Feb. 4, 2020. “Can we have a sleepover?” Barring anything involving fire, blood or hospitals, these five words … Continue reading How Monkeys Taught Me to Appreciate Teen Sleepovers