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Raising Better Parents: Advice from a 16-Year-Old

Featured Article: This article is the first in a series by writer Michael Wriston. Published in Volume 22, Number 2 by Michael Wriston Several years ago, when my oldest son (who is now a medical doctor) had to go to court for a speeding ticket he'd gotten, I asked him if he would give some thought to

Mott Haven Academy Charter

Featured Article: Growing a Culture within the Foster Care System Published in Volume 21, Number 1 by Laural Hobbes Studies indicate that on average, a child in the foster care system will trail behind his or her peers academically by at least a grade and a half by the fourth grade. Bill Baccaglini, the executive director of

A Decade to Decriminalize Status Offenses in the Commonwealth

Featured Article: Massachusetts works toward CHINS reform Published in Volume 21, Number 2 by Erin G. Bradley In 1974, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts laid out plans to decriminalize four categories of juvenile offenses--failure to obey the commands of the child's parent, failure to obey the regulations of the child's school, habitual truancy from school, and repeatedly running

Reading, Writing, and Arugula

Featured Article: The expanding role of schools in child nutrition Published iPublished in January/February, 2011 by Amber Healy When President Barack Obama signed the $4.5 billion Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act into law on December 13, he may have changed the lives of millions of children. The bill, which passed the Senate with unanimous consent last summer, reauthorizes

Universities as Community Partners in Child Welfare

Featured Article: How child welfare can benefit from school partnerships Published in March/April, 2011 by Dana Burdnell Wilson and Belinda Smith As the child welfare community establishes and maintains partnerships with universities in service to vulnerable children and families, the benefits of mutual problem solving and enhancing the quality of life for those concerned are evident. The

The Charter Approach

Featured Article: Philadelphia's educational experiment Published in May/June, 2011 by Laural Hobbes Arise Academy students James Mills, Shaliyah Robinson-Battle, Shaleekqua Williams, and Martin Hicks. This June, the 17 students of Arise Academy’s graduating class will beat the odds as they receive their diplomas. This is because the students of Arise, a unique Philadelphia charter school

Happily Ever After

Featured Article: Evidence for and models of postadoption services to help families succeed Published in January/February, 2010 by Meghan Williams The Colorado Post-Adoption Resources Center, a public-private partnership, includes a day for adoptive families to get a family portrait free of charge. Photo Courtesy of Lisa Tokpa/Coparc Each and every time, it's a meaningful and emotional

Keeping the Faith

Featured Article: Collaborations between faith-based organizations and child welfare help kids in need Published in Fall/Winter, 2011 by Jennifer Michael When youth from the foster care system visit the recreation center at Mariners Church for the first time, they usually enter in the same way: eyes cast down, feet shuffling along the floor, disengaged. Then, one of the volunteers

What Early Education Can Teach Child Welfare

Featured Article: Lessons about starting services early, parenting with parents, finding skilled workers, and measuring outcomes Published in January/February, 2010 by Meghan Williams The early education and child welfare systems have much in common: an ongoing challenge of reconciling a national commitment but local implementation; an uphill battle to define and then implement best practices; an underpaid workforce that

Reducing Restraint and Seclusion

Featured Article: How to implement organizational change Published in March/April, 2010 by Beth Caldwell and Janice LeBel Solomon, a sensitive 16-year-old, nervously held the microphone and began to offer his advice in a low voice and somber tone. Speaking to fellow residential peers who have experienced restraint and seclusion, Solomon shared his strategy for managing in the

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