Posts Tagged child development

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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What Child Development Teaches Us About Permanency For Kids in Foster Care

What Child Development Teaches Us About Permanency For Kids in Foster Care

Parenting would be easier if kids weren’t so good at learning from their parents. That’s one conclusion embedded in an upcoming book by psychology professor Alison Gopnik, previewed in a recent New York Times opinion piece. Research in the field of early childhood development increasingly reinforces the notion that kids have always learned best “by watching what the people around them did every day, and playing with the tools they used.” Education and foster care, though, are both based to

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