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Dispatch From Abroad

Several press reports from India describe some possible motion in the case of Jennifer Haynes, who was adopted by an American couple more than 20 years ago but was deported to India in July 2008 due to an incomplete adoption, which had prevented her from achieving American citizenship. Haynes was born in India in 1981 and was adopted and brought to America in 1989 with help from the agency Americans for International Aid and Adoption (AIAA). After alleged abuse by her adoptive father, she spent time in the foster care system, and in 2002 she married and had two children of her own. However, Haynes was twice convicted on federal charges of cocaine possession, and the U.S. Board of Immigrant Appeals petitioned India for her repatriation.

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Since her deportation, Haynes's lack of proof of identity has left her in limbo in Mumbai, unable to find steady work. Haynes has been trying to take legal action against AIAA for not completing the formalities of the adoption that would have allowed her to become an American citizen, thus avoiding deportation. Recently, the Bombay High Court said it will hear the case and examine the progress reports the agency created about Haynes's adoption, although it seems as though there are fewer progress reports than were required.

CWLA member agency Spence-Chapin helps children abroad with an initiative called The Granny Program, which brings women from the community into orphanages to spend time with the same child each day. This gives each child an opportunity to develop a close bond with one person, laying the groundwork for improved attachment and developmental skills throughout his or her life. In February, the newest Granny Program opened at the Children's Home in the Tula region of Russia, making it the eighth of its kind around the world. Sixteen children are enrolled in the program. The Granny Program in Tula is being underwritten by a generous grant from The W. O'Neil Foundation, Inc.

Health Beat

Biofeedback, a therapy that uses the mind to help improve health, is showing promise as part of a comprehensive treatment for youth who suffer chronic headaches, based on work at the Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas. A biofeedback practitioner joins neuropsychologists, nurse educators and clinicians, social workers, and child life specialists who work with physicians in the center's neurology department. Biofeedback treatment helps children become aware of their symptoms, and then modulate or take control of them; it has helped alleviate several symptoms and especially chronic headaches, which affect roughly one-fifth of children between 5 and 17. Access a recent article, Integrating Biofeedback Into a Pediatric Neuroscience Department, at www2.allenpress.com/pdf/biof-37-04-fnl.pdf.

Tech Trends

The latest report in the Pew Research Center's Millenials project explores social media and mobile internet use among teens and young adults. Since 2006, the report finds, blogging has fallen among teens and young adults while growing in older populations. But researchers suggest that the younger generation is exchanging "macroblogging" for the "microblogging" of status updates on social networking websites. Social network participation continues to grow, hand-in-hand with wireless connectivity. To read the full report, visit http://pewinternet.org/reports/2020/social-media-and-young-adults.aspx, or examine the series Millenials: A Portrait of Generation Next at http://pewresearch.org/millennials/.

Speaking Out

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"The one bright spot is that despite all these outside influences, children still say the most important factor in developing values is their families.... As a tribal leader, seeing those little broken hearts that Family Services and Indian Child Welfare have to deal with is so hard."

-- Andy Joseph Jr.,

council member of the Confederated Colville Tribes and president, Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board, in a column for Indian Country Today encouraging parents to speak to their teens about making responsible decisions as they come of age.

"It is a national scandal that 25,000 children 'age out' of foster care each year while willing adoptive parents are ignored because they are in the wrong state or even the wrong county. It is the worst form of slander to tell these children that no one wanted them."

-- Jeff Katz
, executive director of Listening to Parents (www.listeningtoparents.org), in "Border Barriers Lowers Rates," an editorial in The Washington Times about eliminating challenges to interstate adoption.

"Given the age and size of the son, the provocation, and the dynamics of the incident, the mother's acts, which, as she readily acknowledged, were not an appropriate response to her son's conduct, did not constitute neglect."

-- The New York State Supreme Court's opinion
in the Matter of Corey Mc. v. Tanya Mc., overturning a finding of neglect by a family court. The Administration for Children's Services alleged that the mother, Tanya, had neglected her son Corey by hitting him with her shoe.

Have an opinion on child welfare issues in the news, especially the comments above? Send a letter to the editor to voice@cwla.org.

Ready Resources

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See what vulnerable children and families in your state are facing with this year's collection of state fact sheets from CWLA's advocacy team. With statistics about adoption and kinship care, health care availability, juvenile justice, the child welfare workforce, and child abuse and neglect, these fact sheets provide information that is vital for child welfare advocates. For a nationwide perspective on what America's vulnerable children face, see CWLA's national fact sheet. For the 2010 fact sheets, as well as links to previous years, visit www.cwla.org/advocacy/statefact
sheets/statefactsheets10.htm
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Youth in foster care face unique mental health challenges as a result of multiple stressors. RAND has developed a new toolkit in response to the clear need for accessible mental health treatment for youth in foster care. The Toolkit for Adapting Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS) or Supporting Students Exposed to Trauma (SSET) for Implementation with Youth in Foster Care was authored by Dana Schultz, Dionne Barnes-Proby, Anita Chandra, Lisa H. Jaycox, Erin Maher, and Peter Pecora.

The toolkit provides information and resources to assist social workers, school-based mental health professionals, and other school-based personnel in implementing CBITS or SSET for use specifically with youth in foster care. CBITS was developed for use by school-based mental health professionals for any student with symptoms of distress following exposure to trauma. SSET was adapted from CBITS for use by any school personnel with the time and interest to work with students affected by trauma. Download a PDF or see purchase options at www.rand.org/pubs/technical_reports/tr772/ or request a free hard copy by e-mailing Dana Schultz at dschultz@rand.org.

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