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What’s Going On? How We Can Confront Child Sexual Abuse in America

The child welfare system is charged with promoting the wellbeing of children by ensuring their safety and strengthening their families, so they may successfully care for children. While the child welfare system is comprised of a complex set of procedures that vary by state, finding solutions to combat the collateral effects some children face when placed into the child welfare system may be just as complex, if not illusive.

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Corporal Punishment: A Wrong Not a Right

No person has a “right” to strike another, no matter how close the relationship. I remember fifty years ago seeing a mother chase her child with a stick, shouting “I brought you into this world and I can put you in the cemetery!” Luckily, the child was faster than his mother. But the idea of a “right” to hit a child is no laughing matter.

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What Can We Do to Prevent the Abuse of Children with Disabilities?

In February 2016, Ethan Okula, a 10 year-old child in foster care for three years, died from a bowel obstruction after numerous adults neglected to drive him to the hospital emergency room or call 911. In many ways, this tragedy is no surprise; Ethan embodied many known risk factors for child neglect and abuse as described by columnist Mike Newall of the Philadelphia Inquirer on July 18, 2016.

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In Case You Missed It – June 8, 2015 – Virginia addresses campus sexual violence, APA ACT program in prisons

In Case You Missed It

In this week’s In Case You Missed It (a roundup of articles touching on psychology, health, mental health and social justice issues that we collate from multiple news and commentary websites), we cover how transgender people choose their new names, Virginia’s approach to campus sexual assault, the expansion of APA’s ACT Raising Safe Kids program into prisons and more. How transgender people choose their new names – New York Magazine “Call me Caitlyn” — […]

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Teens Raising Babies: Supporting and Assisting Pregnant and Parenting Teens

Young teen parents cradling infant daughter

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. This is the fourth and final post in a blog series about APA’s ACT Raising Safe Kids (ACT-RSK) program. ACT-RSK teaches positive parenting skills to parents and caregivers of children from birth to age 8. Make sure to check out our first, second and third posts in the series.  By J. Riley Bailey, PhD (TEEN+ Project Director) & Janon Wilson-Wilbourn, PhD (Lead Social Worker, TEEN+ Project) Pregnant and […]

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ACT in Japan: Bridging Cultures to Help Families Raise Children without Violence

Japanese family in the park

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. This is the third in a series of posts about APA’s ACT Raising Safe Kids (ACT-RSK) program. ACT-RSK teaches positive parenting skills to parents and caregivers of children from birth to age 8. Read our first and second posts in the series here and here. By Reiko True, PhD & Nahoko Nishizawa, PsyD (ACT Raising Safe Kids Program Coordinators in Japan) Looking out at the beautiful snowy mountains of northeastern […]

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The Secret to Success in Positive Parenting: The ACT Raising Safe Kids Program

Adorable toddler girl

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. This is the second in a series of posts about APA’s ACT Raising Safe Kids (ACT-RSK) program. ACT-RSK teaches positive parenting skills to parents and caregivers of children from birth to age 8. Read our first and third posts in the series here and here. By Howard Baker (Executive Director, Lemberg Children’s Center at Brandeis University) Repeatedly over the last five years I’ve heard parents at our center say: “I’m […]

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