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Fetal Alcohol Disorder May Be Far More Common Than Previously Thought - Cleveland Clinic

A new study has found that the prevalence of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) may be higher than previously thought. Abstract Importance Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders are costly, life-long disabilities. Older data suggested…
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NIH Releases First Dataset from Unprecedented Study of Adolescent Brain Development - National Institutes of Mental Health

The National Institutes of Health today released to the scientific community an unparalleled dataset from the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) study. To date, more than 7,500 youth and their families have been recruited for the…
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Senate Criminal Justice Committee Passes SB 936: Juvenile Justice

Yesterday, the Senate Committee on Criminal Justice will be considering SB 936, a bill which makes several key reforms to the juvenile justice system, including: Prohibiting children younger than 14 from being prosecuted as adults for…
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YES on SB 936: Juvenile Justice

Take Action! Tell your Senator to support SB 936! On Monday, January 22, the Senate Committee on Criminal Justice will be considering SB 936, a bill which makes several key reforms to the juvenile justice system, including: Prohibiting…
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John Legend Visits 'Sesame Street' to Talk About Kids with Incarcerated Parents - Upworthy

In a recent episode of Sesame Street, musician John Legend talks about the 2.7 million children with parents in jail or prison in the United States. Read more.
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Social Workers Lack Tools to Identify Cases of Chronic Neglect -PsychCentral

A new study has found that social workers lack the necessary tools required to properly identify cases of chronic child neglect. Read more.
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Alcoholism in Parents Triggers Violence in Teen Relationships: Study - The International Business Times

A new study has found that teenagers are at greater risk for dating violence if they have a father with alcohol use disorder. The study also found that mothers whose partners abused alcohol tended to be more depressed and,  therefore, less…
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Home Visits Help Parents Overcome Tough Histories, Raise Healthy Children - NPR

The Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program is set to expire at the end of September unless Congress passes legislation reauthorizing it. Research has shown that home visiting programs…
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Child's Home Learning Environment Predicts 5th Grade Academic Skills - Science Daily

A newly released study shows that children are more likely to develop early cognitive skills when parents provide then with learning materials and engage them in learning activities in the early years of childhood. The early childhood environment…
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As a Boy in an Adult Prison, His Mother's Letters 'Were Everything' - NPR

In this segment from Morning Edition, Marcus Bullock and his mother, Reverend Sylvia Bullock, discuss their letter exchanges while Marcus was serving eight years in an adult prison when he was only 15 years old. Read more.  
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Adults Can Play Big Role in Child's Recovery from Traumatic Event - WFMJ

Experts say that minors who have been exposed to trauma can struggle to cope with stressors in life, which can lead to educational and behavioral issues. Adults, especially parents and educators, play an important role in helping kids adjust.…
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Moms Need Social Support, And Not Just in the Baby Years - NPR

A new study suggests that social support networks may help mothers develop closer relationships with their teenage children. Interestingly, the study did not find that such networks impacted fathers. Read more.