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Archive for the tag “general child”

MedlinePlus Children/Teenager page

MedlinePlus Children/Teenager page – http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/childrenandteenagers.html

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • What is Acromegaly?
  • Where can I learn more about Precocious Puberty?
  • What is life like for a child with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis?
  • What are some uncommon infant and newborn problems that can be given to a character?

Description:

An unannotated, alphabetical list of links leading to more information about child and teenage health issues. This might be a good starting place for writers who want a menu of issues to saddle their younger characters with.

International Aspects of Family Law from Department of State

International Aspects of Family Law from Department of State – http://www.state.gov/s/l/family/

Representative question that can be answered with this resource:

  • Under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, what sort of assistance are central governments obliged to offer parents of abducted children?

Description:

Mostly links to treaties touching on family law. Might come in handy in romance novels.

State Specific Resources from childwelfare.gov

State Specific Resources from childwelfare.gov – http://www.childwelfare.gov/#state

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • In what states are clergy mandatory reporters of child abuse?
  • What states class parental drug use is classified as child abuse?
  • What states require an adoptee undergo counseling before being given information about his birth family?
  • What adoption assistance is available in Alaska?
  • What is the child/employee ratio for permanent placement workers in California?

Description:

Child welfare practices vary from state to state. This site helps you fine tune your story with state specific information in the following areas:

  • State Statutes Search
  • National Foster Care & Adoption Directory
  • State Guides & Manuals Search
  • State Related Organizations Lists
  • Adoption Assistance by State
  • Child Welfare Workload Compendium

 

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