Child Safety

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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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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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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PA Family Support Alliance Open Disclosure Sessions for July 2022

PFSA continues to offer virtual Mandated Reporter Training at no cost to mandated reporters in Pennsylvania. This three-hour virtual training is approved by the Departments of Human Services, Education, and…

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Planet Fitness Offering Free Summer Gym Membership for Teens

The chain of gyms is offering free summer memberships to its facilities for students ages 14 to 19. The memberships can be used through August 31, 2022, and are part…

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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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From Hurting to Healing: The power of centering lived experience to transform child welfare

The 33rd Annual New York State Foster Care and Adoption Conference themed, “Hurting, Hoping, Helping, Healing” examined the deeply rooted issues in child welfare, adoption, foster and kinship care to…

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