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Resilient Children: Stories of Poverty, Drug Exposure, and Literacy Development

Resilient Children: Stories of Poverty, Drug Exposure, and Literacy Development – http://eric.ed.gov/?id=ED436757

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • What happens to crack babies when they grow up?
  • What factors contribute to resilience?

Description:

This page is a record from ERIC, the Education Resources Information Center. ERIC is funded by the US Department of Education and attempts to index all known educational articles, books and other resources. In many cases records link to full text.

This book is about a study of 26 crack babies as they grew. According to the abstract in ERIC,

Chapters include: “The Beginning of the Study”; “What We Have Learned About Children Prenatally Exposed to Crack/Cocaine”; “Discovering Resilience: The Structure and Results of the Study.” Six additional chapters present case studies of individual students. The last chapter discusses why these children’s stories are important. Contains 191 references; a table, “Summaries of Literacy Development Year 1 Through Year 4” is attached. (EF)

While not available online, it is available in print. See http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/40510541 to see if it is in a library near you.

Family resource guide on international parental kidnapping from DOJ (Includes search tips)

Family resource guide on international parental kidnapping from DOJ (Includes search tips)  – https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/ojjdp/215476.pdf

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • What are the warning signs that your child is at risk of international parental kidnapping?
  • What is evidence of custodial right under the Hague Convention on International Child Abduction?
  • What can you tell local law enforcement that says they can’t do anything for 24 hours
  • or that they can’t do anything at all without a custody order?
  • What should a parent tell the FBI about an international child abduction in progress?
  • How can notifying your local school help in a case of international child abduction?

Description:

From the introduction, this 158 page book:

offers descriptions and realistic assessments of available civil and criminal remedies, explains applicable laws, identifies public and private resources, and identifies strategies to help left-behind parents recover their children or reestablish meaningful contact with them in another country.

Specific features of this book of likely interest to writers include:

  • Urgent Cases: Stopping an Abduction in Progress
  • Searching for Your Child
  • Abduction Checklist for Parents
  • Index of Frequently Asked Questions

Crime of Family Abduction from DOJ

Crime of Family Abduction from DOJ – https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/ojjdp/229933.pdf

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • What might a searching parent feel after their child has been abducted?
  • What are three common characteristics of family abduction?
  • How might a child be lured away from his custodial parent?
  • What are some ways that an abducting parent controls their child?

Description:

From the introduction:

This publication offers insights into what it means to be abducted by a family member. Written from the perspective of the child and searching parent, it is designed to help you, the reader, understand the unique characteristics of family abduction and the nightmare that they have experienced. Although the individual circumstances surrounding the authors’ cases show the multifaceted diversity of family abduction, the one thing they have in common is that they were all missing child cases. The child victims in these cases were concealed by their abductor, hidden not just from their searching family, friends, schools, and community but also from the justice and child protection systems.

This work features a resource guide coming after the main sections of Being Missing, The Search and Recovery.

MedlinePlus page on Genetics/Birth Defects

MedlinePlus page on Genetics/Birth Defects – http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/geneticsbirthdefects.html

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • Could someone live a mostly normal life and not know they had Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease?
  • What is the tallest a human dwarf can be?
  • What are some of the effects of a man having an extra X chromosome, like in Kleinfelter Syndrome?

Description:

Links to specific conditions including:

  • Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease
  • Dwarfism
  • Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome
  • Fragile X Syndrome
  • Friedreich’s Ataxia
  • Gaucher’s Disease
  • Hemochromatosis
  • Huntington’s Disease
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Klinefelter’s Syndrome
  • Leukodystrophies
  • Maple Syrup Urine Disease
  • Marfan Syndrome
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Neural Tube Defects
  • Neurofibromatosis
  • Osteogenesis Imperfecta
  • Phenylketonuria
  • Prader-Willi Syndrome
  • Rett Syndrome
  • Sickle Cell Anemia
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy
  • Tay-Sachs Disease
  • Tuberous Sclerosis
  • Turner Syndrome
  • Usher Syndrome
  • Von Hippel-Lindau Disease
  • Wilson Disease

Youth with Disabilities in the Foster Care System: Barriers to Success and Proposed Policy Solutions from National Council on Disabilities

Youth with Disabilities in the Foster Care System: Barriers to Success and Proposed Policy Solutions from National Council on Disabilities – http://purl.access.gpo.gov/GPO/LPS91117

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • What sorts of conditions can disabled youth face when they age out of foster care?
  • What are “connecting activities” and why might foster youth need them more?
  • What is the Ansell-Casey Life Skills Assessment?
  • What are wraparound services?

Description:

From the introduction:

The purpose of this report is to provide policymakers, primarily at the federal and state levels, with information about youth with disabilities in foster care, so that policymakers can begin to understand the characteristics of this population; the challenges they face; how they fare with regard to safety, permanency, self-determination and self-sufficiency, enhanced quality of life, and community integration; and how the complex array of existing programs and services could be better designed to improve these outcomes.

The main text is followed by several appendices, including:

  • Appendix A: Glossary of Relevant Terms
  • Appendix B: Relevant Federal Programs and Systems
  • Appendix C: Promising Practices and Exemplary Programs

The first two may be helpful in building appropriate vocabulary in your stories. The third might help you envision programs that give hope to your foster child characters.

Endnotes start on page 159 of the PDF file. Some endnotes refer to statements by foster care alumni.

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: A Call To Action

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: A Call To Action from Administration for Children and Families, Region IV (US Health & Human Services) – http://statelibrary.sc.libguides.com/ld.php?content_id=11974

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • What are some characteristics of grandparent caregivers in the South?
  • What is kinship care? What are three legal arrangements for it?
  • What are some negatives about being a grandparent caregiver?
  • What’s the state with the highest number of grandparents caring for their grandchildren?

Description:

Twenty page publication outlining statistics and resources on caregiving grandparents.

Sibling issues in foster care and adoption from childwelfare.gov

Sibling issues in foster care and adoption from childwelfare.gov – http://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/siblingissues/siblingissues.pdf

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • What are some non-typical types of sibling relationships?
  • What are some typical caseworker attitudes towards placing siblings together?
  • How does the rate of sibling incest compare to the rate of parent-child incest?
  • What are ways to encourage sibling ties when they cannot be placed together?

Description:

Fifteen page publication covering the following topics:

  • Defining a sibling relationship
  • The importance of siblings
  • Sibling relationships in abusive or neglectful families
  • Benefits of placing siblings together
  • Barriers to placing siblings together
  • Policies and practices for keeping siblings together
  • When siblings cannot live together
  • Maintaining ties between separated siblings
  • Sibling issues within the foster or adoptive family
  • Resources for promoting intact placement of sibling groups

This publication could be helpful in planning out family relationships.

Resources for Foster Parents from childwelfare.gov

Resources for Foster Parents from childwelfare.gov – https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/outofhome/resources-foster-families/

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • What are ways that people might be recruited into being a foster family?
  • What are some red-flag behaviors of children who have been sexually abused?
  • What are some special considerations for taking care of Muslim minors?
  • What are some suggested practices for foster parents relating to birth parents?

Description:

Set of articles around the following topics:

  • Recruiting foster parents
  • Preparing foster parents
  • Supporting and retaining foster parents
  • Foster parent – birth parent relationships
  • Related resources

Child abuse (MedlinePlus)

Child abuse (MedlinePlus) – http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/childabuse.html

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • What are some signs of child abuse?
  • What happens when a baby is given up at a “safe haven”?
  • How is emotionally abuse defined in Minnesota?

Description:

An overview of resources related to abuse of children. Notable resources include:

  • Recognizing Child Abuse and Neglect: Signs and Symptoms
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences Study
  • Abusive Head Trauma (Shaken Baby Syndrome)
  • Munchausen by Proxy Syndrome
  • Understanding Child Traumatic Stress 
  • Definitions of Child Abuse and Neglect: Summary of State Laws
  • Grounds for Involuntary Termination of Parental Rights
  • Infant Safe Haven Laws: Summary of State Laws
  • Mandatory Reporters of Child Abuse and Neglect:Summary of State Laws
  • Parental Drug Use as Child Abuse:Summary of State Laws
  • State Statutes Search

Intercountry Country Specific Adoption Information from State Department

Intercountry Country Specific Adoption Information from State Department – http://travel.state.gov/content/adoptionsabroad/en/country-information.html

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • Can a Christian adopt a child from Algeria?
  • What is the age limit for prospective adoptive parents in China?
  • How does Costa Rica define “abandoned children” for the purposes of adoption?
  • Who manages intercountry adoptions in Greece?
  • Why haven’t Americans been able to adopt Vietnamese children since 2008?

Description:

Contains general information about for international adoptions and provides country specific information along with alerts and warnings. Each country fact sheet contains the following sections:

  • Alerts and Notices
  • Hauge Convention Information
  • Who Can Adopt
  • Who Can be Adopted
  • How to Adopt
  • Contact Information – – US and Adoptee government officials and adoption authorities.
  • Adoption Statistics

Each country fact sheet also leads to general information about the adoption process.

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