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June 26, 2024

Reducing Racial Disparities in Foster Care Might Endanger Black Children

…of “reasonable efforts” to keep the children with their families. And finally, caseworkers will have to take into account “social and cultural values at all times” in making such decisions….

June 23, 2024

Is Systemic Racism Responsible for the Increase in Child Mortality Rates?

…least half a century. Thanks to advances in modern medicine and car safety, these had been declining for some time, but now the rates of suicide, homicide, drug overdoses and…

May 31, 2024

ACS Has Lost the Plot

…safety and everything to do with making abusive parents feel better about themselves. The word “protection” appears six times, while the word “support” appears 39 times. ACS notes that it…

May 13, 2024

The Biden Administration Crossed a Line in Its Rule on Gender Health Care and Foster Children

…be “affirmed.” Many loving parents believe that a child with gender dysphoria might need therapy and time — time because adolescents often struggle with their identities in various ways. When…

April 9, 2024

Child Abandonment in the Name of Compassion

A self-described libertarian friend once described to me the feeling she had when it was time to leave the hospital with her newborn baby. She remembered looking at the nurse…

March 27, 2024

Narcan Babies

…are reaching all-time highs. A report from Minnesota found that, of all 88 child maltreatment fatalities from 2014–2022, only three children died from exposure to drugs, one of which was…

March 21, 2024

Why Foster Kids Aren’t Getting the Mental Health Care They need

…have been documented many times. But what is it specifically that leads to mental health problems when that situation is not available? When parents split up, the stress and anxiety…

March 14, 2024

The Chipping Away at Safe Haven Laws

…of time, the results can be disastrous. And when states give preference to relatives — overlooking safety concerns just because a child shares DNA with them — things can turn…

March 4, 2024

Teen Suicide and the Limits of Sociology

…more stressful circumstances—poverty, war, abandonment seem like they would make suicide more likely than AP Physics. The problem is not the pressure per se. Tim Carney’s forthcoming Family Unfriendly and…

March 1, 2024

How the Children’s Bureau Lost Its Way

…as a result of economic growth, laws around childhood labor and education and a social safety net that provided support to widows with dependent children. Over time, the Children’s Bureau…