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March 2019

Five Things to Know About the New Juvenile Justice Act [aecf.org]

The federal bill reauthorizing and strengthening the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) set new standards for jurisdictions to treat youth in ways appropriate for their age, to reduce discrimination and disparate outcomes for youth of color and to provide a continuum of services, support and opportunities. Here are five changes in the new version of JJDPA practitioners should understand: 1. New standards for jurisdictions to treat youth in age-appropriate ways Each state...

Mourning the Demise of a Zen Place to Die [nytimes.com]

There are more than a million and a half nonprofit organizations in the United States, and more are being born every day. But for all the writing about how nonprofits can be founded and scaled, almost no one publicly interrogates the other end of the life cycle: What happens when a nonprofit dies? The Nonprofit Quarterly reports that, although data on nonprofit closings are notoriously difficult to confirm through the Internal Revenue Service, the most likely age of organizational death is...

Foster Parents Have Become Professionals In Some States [witnessla.com]

Foster parents, tasked with the 24-7 care of often-traumatized children, show up for parent-teacher meetings, ferry their charges to doctor’s appointments, supervise homework and serve up cuddles. Many work closely with struggling biological parents in hopes of an eventual reunion. These days, many foster parents are being asked to do even more, as an increasing number of children enter the foster care system with serious behavioral and mental health issues — issues that require a deft hand...

Non-White School Districts Get $23 Billion Less Funding than White Ones [psmag.com]

In the United States today approximately 12.8 million students—or 27 percent of all those in school—attend school in a district in which over 75 percent of students are non-white. In a new report , researchers at EdBuild , a non-profit that analyzes school-funding issues, calculate that these students are getting dramatically shortchanged on the school-funding front. The majority of racially concentrated, non-white districts are also low-income. Poor, non-white districts educate about 20...

Are we massively underestimating how many women have postpartum depression? [centerforhealthjournalism.org]

What if far more women experience postpartum depression than we think? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 11 percent of women experience symptoms of depression after their baby is born. But that’s starting to look like a huge underestimate. [For more on this story by Adam Wolfberg, go to https://www.centerforhealthjournalism.org/2019/02/21/are-we-hugely-underestimating-how-many-women-have-postpartum-depression? ]

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