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Webinar: Lessons from Social and Neurological Perspectives on Positive Youth Development - April 23 at 4 PM

Our juvenile justice system began to take shape during a time of massive immigration and rapid growth of urban areas. Poverty, lack of supervision, and deplorable living conditions were seen as conditions that fostered delinquency. As the system…
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Adverse Childhood Events Tied to Dementia

Children who had multiple adverse experiences growing up were more likely to develop dementia in old age, Japanese researchers reported. People who had three or more adverse childhood experiences -- physical or psychological abuse, family…
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UCF Medical Students Give Free Hepatitis A Shots, Medical Care to Orlando’s Homeless

For more than nine months now, a group of volunteer UCF medical students have been giving free hepatitis A shots to the homeless in Orlando. Once a month, on a Tuesday evening, they set up their portable tent and a few tables…
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FREE Webinar: Improving Your Local Juvenile Justice System Through Cross System Collaboration - June 17 at 1:00 PM

This webinar will provide practical examples of how state and local jurisdictions can collaborate across systems, including the juvenile justice, education, and welfare systems, to facilitate successful improvements to their juvenile justice…
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Reaching Out: A Community Resource Fair

Monday, March 11, 2019 at 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM EDT Orange County Library System (FL) 101 East Central Boulevard, Orlando, Florida 32801 Celebrate National Social Work Month at the library! Meet the library social worker and other representatives…
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Poor Students More Likely to Play Football, Despite Brain Injury Concerns

Fears of brain injuries has deterred many parents and their children from choosing to play football. After years of publicity about how dangerous football can be, football enrollment has declined 6.6 percent in the past decade, according…
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Orange County to Spend an Extra $20 Million on Kids in 9 ZIP Codes with High Childhood Poverty, Juvenile Crime, Abuse

Within the next 60 days, Orange County plans to start spending an additional $20 million on children’s services by targeting nine ZIP codes with the highest rates of childhood poverty, juvenile crime, student homelessness, teen pregnancy…
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Social Worker/Sentencing Advocate Conference Biloxi

These conferences will feature nationally recognized faculty in a mix of plenary sessions, simultaneous sessions and small group breakouts.  Participants will have the opportunity to choose e sessions to best fit their individual needs.  There…
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Orlando Public Defender's Office Hosts 17th Annual PD Clothing Drive

A very big thank you to all who volunteered and donated on Saturday . . . Not only did we resupply our closets with wardrobes for clients in court, we also: Provided warm clothing for people in need Saturday Connected with members…
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When Kids Kill

Two were only 13 years old. Three were just a few months shy of turning 18. Four committed their crimes in this decade, and just as many have spent more than 30 years behind bars. At least two sold sex for money. One witnessed his father…
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17th Annual PD Clothing Drive - Saturday, December 15 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Getting ready for the Holidays? Please remember the 17th Annual PD Clothing Drive, Saturday, December 15, 2018 Please bring your clean, serviceable clothing for men, women and children to our collection point at the Orange County Courthouse…
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Childhood Trauma and Its Lifelong Health Effects More Prevalent Among Minorities

When researchers first discovered a link in the late 1990s between childhood adversity and chronic health problems later in life, the real revelation was how common those experiences were across all socioeconomic groups. But the first major…