Substance Abuse

Reflections on the NACC Conference: The Need for More Education on the Role of Trauma in Child Development

Reflections on the NACC Conference: The Need for More Education on the Role of Trauma in Child Development

This year I attended the National Child Welfare, Juvenile, and Family Law Conference  in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and it was an amazing experience. I was delighted to see an abundance of child welfare advocates and discover that people were generally interested in helping vulnerable children. Growing up in foster care, this is a side of the child welfare system that is barely seen. Oftentimes in foster care, it feels like no one understands how life in foster care feels or like

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Child Welfare Law and Practice: Red Book 3 for Dependency Attorneys is Born

Child Welfare Law and Practice: Red Book 3 for Dependency Attorneys is Born

It’s a lot thicker! That was the most common initial reaction from NACC members at our recent annual conference in Philadelphia to our new, third edition of Child Welfare Law and Practice: Representing Children, Parents, and State Agencies in Abuse, Neglect, and Dependency Cases. Yes, pick up this substantial book and you’ll notice we’ve gone from 788 pages to 1,127 in order to more fully cover what an attorney (or judge, or social worker) needs to know in this field.

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Many Medicines, Few Cures: Advocating for Children Who Have Been Prescribed Psychotropic Medications

Many Medicines, Few Cures: Advocating for Children Who Have Been Prescribed Psychotropic Medications

“Many medicines, few cures” – Benjamin Franklin I am fortunate to live and work in the great city of Philadelphia, birthplace of the United States, home to the cheesesteak and the guy who wrote the above quote – Benjamin Franklin. We are excited that NACC is coming to Philadelphia this year. Several of us at Support Center for Child Advocates will present workshops and a few more will attend. I will be presenting “Use of Psychotropic Medication: Research Informing Policy

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Thanksgiving in July?

Thanksgiving in July?

Human relationships are transactional, and it’s no disrespect to human nature to suspect that a “thank you” may mean more than “thanks.” The giver may hope the expression of gratitude motivates the receiver to do even more of the thing they’ve just been thanked for. Parents who thank their older son repeatedly for not punching his little brother quite as often know what I’m saying. So, thank you. We started this blog in May of 2014 with no funding and

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Cannabis Is Safer Than CPS

Cannabis Is Safer Than CPS

A look at the “protective” goals of the child welfare system in light of the growing national acceptance of medical cannabis. Social workers think a child “might die” from it. They call poison control hotlines to get information about it. An infant is removed from good parents because their home “smells like marijuana.” A graduate student has four children removed because cannabis plants are found in the home. A Drug Endangered Child Expert testifies as an expert for the County that

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