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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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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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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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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…
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Understanding the Unique Challenges of Female Incarceration - The Sentencing Project

The number of incarcerated women stands nearly eight times higher than in 1980, with over 200,000 women behind bars. There are over 7,000 girls, predominantly girls of color, in youth confinement around the country. Analyzing female incarceration…
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Push for Children's Trust Pits Orange County Mayor Against Longtime Kids' Advocate - The Orlando Sentinel

Dick Batchelor, chairman of the Children's Trust of Orange County, has made allegations that Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs tried to thwart an Orange County Commission vote on services for homeless, impoverished, abuse, and at-risk children…
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Raised in the System - VICE News

The Emmy-winning weekly news magazine series VICE returns for its sixth season with an extended special season premiere featuring Emmy-nominated actor Michael Kenneth Williams (The Wire, The Night Of) as he embarks on a personal journey to expose…
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Intersection: First Tri-County Homeless Youth Count

As of last October, Orange, Osceola, and Seminole Counties had 268 unaccompanied homeless youth aged 13 to 24. Read more and listen.