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My name is Leslie, I am a crisis intervention specialist. My job allows me to witness and hear a variety of different catastrophic situations which impact people’s lives in a negative way. Time and time again I have received calls from police officers all around Denton County informing me about sexual assaults involving kids. No matter how many times I receive those calls, and no matter how many times I go through the process and call the SANE nurses to provide exams for the victim my  heart breaks time and time again. 1 of 6 girls, and 1 of 8 boys experiences some sort of child abuse in the U.S. We need to need to be the voice for those who can not speak. Be the voice to end all harm against those innocent kids. WE ARE THE VOICE! BE THE VOICE!

《This week’s introduction is by Leslie Castillo, C.A.P.S. Public Relations Specialist.》

Now for the news

*The following articles have been compiled from several different sources. Links to articles are provided at the end of each article.

Data: Heroin Leading To Foster Care

November 16, 2015
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

The most recent data from the Ohio Job and Family Services and Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services shows that child protective serves said heroin was the reason they intervened more than 25,000 times between 2009 and 2013.

Southwestern Ohio has seen a particular increase in heroin related interventions in that time. Montgomery County, which includes Dayton, reported a more than 130-percent increase and Butler county jumped more than 180 percent. Clark County rose nearly 30 percent.

Some children are taken from their parents and put into the care of family members, child services professionals say, while other youngsters are placed into foster homes.

Kim Fore, a Hamilton woman who has fostered six children in nearly seven years, said she thinks most children that come into foster care custody are from drug-related cases. She said the mother of one of the children she fostered was addicted to heroin. That girl, now 6, and her brother, 4, have seen too much drug addiction, she said.

“He knows how to put a needle in his arm,” Fore said. “They know way too much. They know more stuff than I know.”

Heroin addicts stop spending money on things other than drugs, including necessities like food, rent, power, and water, said Lesley Keown, district manager for Montgomery County Children’s Services. Children sometimes start wearing dirty clothes and parents often sell furniture to pay for the drugs.


Emotional child abuse may be just as bad as physical harm

(Reuters Health) – When it comes to psychological and behavioral health, both physical and emotional abuse can be equally damaging to children, a new study suggests.

Even though doctors and parents often believe physical or sexual abuse is more harmful than emotional mistreatment or neglect, the study found children suffered similar problems regardless of the type of maltreatment endured, researchers report in the journal JAMA Psychiatry.

“The abused children had all types of problems, from anxiety and depression to rule-breaking and aggression,” lead study author David Vachon, of McGill University in Montreal, said by email.

His team was surprised, he said, that “different types of abuse had similar consequences; physically abused children and emotionally abused children had very similar problems.”

To compare the impact of different forms of child abuse on mental health, Vachon and colleagues studied almost 2,300 kids who attended a summer camp for low-income children between 1986 and 2012.

Roughly 1,200 children – slightly more than half – had experienced maltreatment.

Campers were assigned to groups of children their age, with about half the kids in each group having a history of maltreatment. The kids didn’t know which of their fellow campers had experienced abuse.

Counselors and other campers assessed each child’s behavior during camp, and every kid also completed a self-evaluation.

Overall, children with a history of abuse and neglect had much higher rates of depression, withdrawal, anxiety, and neuroticism than campers who hadn’t been mistreated.

This difference held true for kids who were victims of all types of abuse, including neglect as well as physical, sexual or emotional mistreatment.

The effect was most profound for children who suffered from all four types of abuse, or from the most severe forms of maltreatment.

Results were similar for boys and girls and across racial groups.

Shortcomings of the study include its reliance on official documentation of abuse and the lack of data on psychological disorders children may have had prior to experiencing maltreatment, the authors acknowledge.

Even so, the psychological and behavioral effects of abuse may be similar because both physical and emotional mistreatment – whether it happens within a family or among peers – can have common elements, said Dr. William Copeland, a psychiatry researcher at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.

“This study is about righting a longstanding error and prejudice about the differences between these common childhood adversities,” Copeland, who wasn’t involved in the study, said by email.

“It suggests that whether we are talking about prevention, screening or treatment, our notions of childhood mistreatment need to be broader and more holistic than they have been,” Copeland added. “There are no hierarchies when it comes to child maltreatment.”

SOURCE: bit.ly/1PCjLIs JAMA Psychiatry, online October 14, 2015.



Study counts kids who seek help under new sex trafficking law

IssuesSasha Aslanian · Nov 17, 2015
Numbers offering an initial glimpse of how Minnesota’s new “Safe Harbor” law is working suggest that more than 150 children have sought help in the law’s first year from the Minnesota Health Department’s front line workers, called “regional navigators.”

DSS visits to child care homes causes 56 to close so far

By SEANNA ADCOX Associated Press
Nov 14 2015 9:36 pm
COLUMBIA — Nearly 60 child care homes statewide have been forced to close since legislators passed a law last year allowing inspectors to make unannounced visits, and dozens more have been targeted for closure, according to the Department of Social Services.
Leigh Bolick, director of the agency’s early care division, said the law helps protect children.
“We’re thrilled to go out,” she said. “We’re basically going to ensure the health and safety of kids while their parents are at work.”

Before July 2014, social workers had no authority to step inside a day care registered for fewer than seven children unless someone filed a complaint. Such homes represent the bulk of day cares operating in South Carolina.
The law was changed following the February 2014 death of a 3-month-old girl who suffocated in a crib at a Greenville County day care. Owner Pamela Wood insisted she was watching only six children, but deputies found 14 other children hiding in the basement, two kids unsupervised in a bedroom where a loaded gun sat on a bookshelf and another toddler no one was watching in the backyard, according to arrest warrants.
Wood pleaded guilty child neglect and other charges and was sentenced to 18 months of house arrest, five years of probation and 20 days of public service.
The law that passed the Legislature unanimously allows one unannounced inspection yearly at registered child care homes.
According to DSS, all such homes have since been inspected. DSS began the visits in October 2014, starting in the Greenville area. Between May and September, the agency hired 21 employees specifically to conduct the inspections.
After the agency mailed an announcement of the law change, some day care owners voluntarily closed before an inspector could arrive. There are 1,001 day care homes statewide registered to keep up to six children, 258 fewer than when the law passed.
Bolick said the agency gives a day care owner 90 days to fix problems found during an unannounced visit. During those months, the inspector returns weekly.
“Unless something is really, really egregious, we really try to work with a provider to fix it,” she said.
To owners who don’t, DSS sends a letter informing them their registration is being withdrawn.
According to DSS, 56 day care homes have been closed so far; 25 others are in the appeals process. The facility can remain open throughout that process, which can end up in Administrative Law Court.
Most of the 56 were due to the facility continuing to keep more than six children, Bolick said.
The agency did not answer questions on how many children were kept at those day cares or provide a list of those shuttered.
While the agency can revoke a registration, it can’t by law access names of the children’s parents, so the agency can’t notify them. DSS must rely on the day care owner explaining the situation. Inspectors go back to verify the facility’s closed, Bolick said.
Conducting annual inspections was among recommendations made earlier this month by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services after an audit of 20 day care homes in Charleston, Greenville and Richland counties last year. Auditor Truman Mayfield said the report reflects the criteria in place when the inspections occurred.
Among instances of noncompliance with state guidelines, auditors found broken and dirty toys, stairs lacking handrails, garbage within the reach of children and unclean kitchen surfaces.
“We didn’t find anything I would call egregious,” Mayfield said. “We didn’t find anything that would put children in immediate harm where we would feel the need to remove the children.”



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