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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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Psychological Interventions for People Who are Homeless

By Mili A. Thomas, MA, Debbie Browen, Polina Kitsis, Claire Lisco, and Nadine J. Kaslow, PhD The Grady Nia Project helps abused, suicidal, low-income African American women, many of whom are homeless. They often times live on the streets, go from shelter to shelter, or end up homeless in an effort to escape an abusive partner. We have learned a lot from these women, particularly about their experiences being homeless […]

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5 Reasons to Act Now on Juvenile Justice Reform

Teenage boy in handcuffs

By Kerry Bolger, PhD (Public Interest Government Relations Office) Did you know that the U.S. incarcerates more of its kids per capita than any other developed nation—and that we spend about $5 billion a year of taxpayers’ money to keep them locked up? Is that because a lot more kids in America are committing violent acts and getting arrested for them?  No; they’re not.  It’s largely because our juvenile justice […]

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How Can We Get Children and Teens Treatment That Works?

Woman consoling teenage girl

By Michael Southam-Gerow, PhD (APA Committee on Children, Youth, and Families) More than 4 million children and teens have a serious mental disorder, but only 20 percent are getting the help they need. Did you know that it takes more than 15 years for an evidence-based treatment (EBT) to be used consistently in the community? That is about half a generation! Our society still struggles to meet the mental health […]

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