Why is it important for teachers to know about adoption
Adoption can be a wonderful outcome for children who are not able to live with their birth parents. However, when adopted children join their new family, they bring life experiences that might include maltreatment and/or trauma. As a result, during the time leading into adoption and after the adoption is finalized, these children might exhibit some unique behaviors in the classroom. Therefore, it is important for educators to understand the reasons underlying the behaviors versus solely focusing on the behaviors.
NY: The Murder of Thomas Valva: Corrections to my earlier post (Commentary)
Child Welfare Monitor – February 14, 2020
A new report from Eyewitness News has cast doubt on my pieced-together account of the process by which Justyna Zubko-Valva lost custody of Thomas and her other sons. My initial account, relying on reports from other media outlets, suggested that a judge revoked the mother’s custody and gave it to the father in an arbitrary manner without seeking to evaluate either parent’s capability of raising the children. Based on the documents described by Eyewitness News, it appears that this was not the case. https://childwelfaremonitor.org/2020/02/14/the-murder-of-thomas-valva-corrections-to-my-earlier-post/
NY: D.A. Vance Invests $2M to Create Youth Sex Trafficking Intervention Program (Press release)
Office of the Manhattan District Attorney – February 13, 2020
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., announced today a new funding opportunity to create a Child and Youth Sex Trafficking Intervention Program in New York City. With a $2 million investment from the D.A.’s Office, the Intervention Program will serve young survivors of commercial sexual exploitation and young people who are at high risk of commercial sexual exploitation. This initiative will provide targeted support through a combination of survivor mentorship, intensive case management, and the provision of emergency and wraparound services. https://www.manhattanda.org/d-a-vance-invests-2m-to-create-youth-sex-trafficking-intervention-program/
US: The Hidden Trauma of “Short Stays” in Foster Care (Commentary)
Marshall Project – February 11, 2020
When most Americans think of foster care, they think of children waiting years in homes or institutions to return to their families or to be placed for adoption. But every year, an average of nearly 17,000 children are removed from their families’ custody and placed in foster care only to be reunited within 10 days, according to a Marshall Project analysis of federal Department of Health and Human Services records dating back a decade.
Also: Article: A Cure Worse Than the Disease? The Impact of Removal on Children and Their Families: https://repository.law.umich.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=3055&context=articles
US: Child Welfare: Increased Guidance and Collaboration Needed to Improve DOD’s Tracking and Response to Child Abuse (Public Announcement)
U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) – February 12, 2020
With more than 1.2 million school-age military dependents worldwide, the Defense Department works to prevent and respond to child abuse, including child-on-child abuse. It’s difficult for DOD to track abuse cases from first report to final outcome because the organizations involved track different parts of the process and their databases don’t work together. Our 23 recommendations include expanding DOD’s centralized database and better informing victims’ families. https://www.gao.gov/products/gao-20-110?source=ra