Advocacy

National Baby Safety Month: Recommendations for Kinship Caregivers on Baby Safety Kelly Starver, Ph.D. Nursing

The month of September recognizes baby safety and kinship care as national designations. For many kinship caregivers, having a baby in the house or caring for a baby may be a completely new experience. …

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Kinship Care Awareness: Four Things to Know

Kinship care refers to caregivers — grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, adult siblings, and even family friends — who make the selfless choice to take on traditional parenting responsibilities when biological parents…

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Free Developmental Screenings for Children

The ELRC Region 5 is hosting four Ages & Stages Questionnaires® developmental screening events for free during the month of September. Learn More Families with children ages two months to…

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Black Businesses in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia You Can Support!

Supporting Black-owned companies helps create more opportunities for Black communities. By doing our part in pouring into Black businesses, the structure of generational wealth can benefit Black families. Buying Black…

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Father Shares Encouraging Story About the Strength of Kinship as Mental and Emotional Support for His Children

For children and adolescents, family connectedness acts as a protective factor for their mental health. Fostering this sense of belonging and being cared for in youth can reduce the likelihood…

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Suffering in Silence: Addressing the Youth Mental Health Crisis Further Exposed by the COVID-19 Pandemic | Q&A with Dr. Jacqueline Wilson

Dr. Jacqueline Wilson CEO, TRAC Services for Families Less than 25%. While mental health issues do not discriminate based on race, color, gender, or identity, the understanding of mental health…

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Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Offers Free Books for Youth Up to 5 Years Old

Since the late 1990’s, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program has delivered conscientiously chosen, free personalized and age-appropriate books every month to children up to five years old. Parton’s charitable endeavor, first launched…

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How to Be an Ally for LGBTQ+ Youth

Here are five ways to let LGBTQ+ youth know you support them! Be a Listener. Although we’re progressing as a community, many LGBTQ+ teens may feel out of place. If…

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Educating Ourselves to Educate Our Children on the Importance of Juneteenth

A Message on Juneteenth from Dr. Sharon L. McDaniel  The symbolism of the federal Juneteenth holiday is strong. It calls out the profound contribution of enslaved Black Americans and their…

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Perfectly Imperfect: How Imprecise Definitions of Child Neglect and Poverty Reinforce Anti-Black Racism in the Child Welfare System

Sharon L. McDaniel, Sherri Simmons-Horton, Ervin Dyer, Yven Destin, Kathleen L. Gima, Anthony R. Sosso, Jr., Jay Kadash, Med, MA, James T. Freeman, James A. Stratford, Constance Iannetta, Katherine Buckley…

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