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ACE's Informed Child Protective Services?

Elaine Spicer ·
As I listen to and watch the struggles in the Illinois and Indiana Child Services Departments, I search for states that have implemented the lens of trauma awareness and resilience into the child protective services practices. We know, by the numbers of foster care placements, failed placements, re-placements, residential treatment placements, failed residential treatment placements, failed adoptions, etc. that removing children from their families is not necessarily an answer for families...
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Are Foster Care Children Excessively Medicated?

Rebecca Ruiz ·
I thought I'd bring this important Denver Post series, " Prescription Kids ," to the group's attention. The articles focus on the rate at which antipsychotic and antidepressant medications are prescribed to foster children in Colorado. The...
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Cross Culture/Loss of Culture in Foster Care

Valeri Garcia ·
Hello everyone, I'm looking for a video or a great resource/article about the impact of adapting to different cultures and/or losing sense of their own culture while in foster care and the long-term impact of this. We are doing a discussion/student panel during Foster Care Awareness Month. A video or article may assist in the discussion. Thank you in advance!
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Help our public radio station with a story: How did separation from your parents as a child impact you?

Laura Klivans ·
KQED is the NPR-affiliate public radio station based in San Francisco, CA. We’d like to hear from adults (18+) who were separated from their parents when they were children. Perhaps the separation was due to economic reasons, war and conflict, incarceration, foster care, or something else. How did that period of separation impact you in the long-run? How has it impacted your connection to others and how you build relationships? If you're a parent, how does it influence how you parent? We’re...
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How does the general public percieve Foster Children?

Jeff Bergstrom LMSW ·
A couple weeks ago I was enjoying breakfast in a popular restaurant when I was captured by a conversation a husband and wife were engaged in with their children just across from me. I happened to be researching studies and locating data related to...
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Looking for Writers: New magazine addressing foster care system and family trauma

Helen W. Mallon ·
Hello, Everyone, I am co-editor of a new publication on Medium.com, to be launched in March 2020. Collective Power is the written arm of Home for Good , a collective organization recently launched after 6 years of planning. HFG began when our founders asked themselves, "What would a system that reflects our love for our children look like?" HFG's mission is to transform the trauma too often perpetuated by the various helping systems, among the people they purport to help—whether the...
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Re: How does the general public percieve Foster Children?

Tanya Montgomery ·
Well Jeff, You cannot educate everyone! There are those that do not want to see or hear, at least not yet, not until it becomes personal. The one thing that people should keep in mind is that not all children in foster care are/have been abused. There are many reasons that children enter into the foster care system. Are there sociopaths in the "system", sure there are. However, it does not appear that the proportion of sociopaths is higher in foster/congregate care than it is in the general...
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Re: How does the general public percieve Foster Children?

Loren Taylor ·
Just to add a piece here ... 80% of people in prison have been in the foster care system .. many for pretty serious crimes .. and most arrested under the age of 25 !!!
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Re: How does the general public percieve Foster Children?

Jeff Bergstrom LMSW ·
Please take a moment to watch/listen to this 2:00 video of the story of a little girl in 1874, Mary Ellen Wilson, and one Social Worker (Etta Wheeler) that changed the course of history for abuse, neglected, and maltreated children in this country. Here is a link as well if you prefer reading something about the history of Foster Care. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Ellen_Wilson Thankx Tanya and Loren for your recent contributions...lets keep the communication ongoing...!
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Re: How does the general public percieve Foster Children?

Paul B. Simms ·
January 28, 2014 My Dear Colleague Jeff Bergstrom: The interaction you had with the couple in the restaurant in June 2013 was fascinating, scary and probably an honest summary of some of the mis-information and the biased thinking that dominates segments of this country. I have been told that it is difficult to reason someone out of something that they have not been reasoned into. This may be one of those conversations. But I wonder where the ideas about children in foster care came from? It...
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Re: Are Foster Care Children Excessively Medicated?

Laura Boyd, Ph.D. ·
Many are or maybe are. I believe the issue is very complex, but a key staring point is that children needing psychotropic medications should be in therapeutic foster care, not 'traditional' foster care. Also, administration of any psychotropic should be done concomitantly with psychotherapy from a licensed mental health professional. Evidence-based treatment, evidence informed treatment, and/or promising practices should also be required. It behavioral health providers are not training in...
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Re: Are Foster Care Children Excessively Medicated?

Betty Lee Davis ·
Hi, Rebecca-- My contact with foster children is primarily throgh in-home behaviroal health services in Southern, NJ. I cannot comment on the use/over/under use of medication. What I can comment on is severely inadequate trauma recognition and trauma-informed treatment and interventions across systems--lack of recognition of trauma symptoms/trauma effects and punitive responses to them; lack of preparation by the child welfare system for foster families for the level of severity of...
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Re: How does the general public percieve Foster Children?

Shelley Hall ·
Having adopted our two kids through foster care before we got involved with dog rescue, I've got this insight... those people aren't any more capable of caring for a dog than they would be for a child who came to them with worries, obsessions, and, God forbid, any obvious "defects".
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Rebecca Ruiz ·
Thanks to everyone who has commented so far. These posts are really helpful in understanding the dynamic of the problem when it comes to foster care youth and mental health. Are there any resources you might recommend for a social worker or clinician or even adoptive parent who is trying to deal with these issues? I know that trauma-informed training requires a lot of time and practice, but if there's a primer or background material that others might benefit from, maybe we can share it here.
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Re: Are Foster Care Children Excessively Medicated?

Former Member ·
Yes is all I have to say and inappropriately so. Pharmaceuticals push their shotgun drugs and don't look at the cause... Docs have 15 min to see you and "do something". Folks get direct to consumer ads on TV. As a doc I see it all the time esp in foster lids, kids from poverty, and stressed parents with little education and even the docs are only educated by the drug companies coming into your office providing free pens and lunches along with free samples it is really unfortunate... But...
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Former Member ·
WOW!!! I am amazed at your excellent impulse control.... I could not have been so still listening.... I would have had to leave and would have been ill with a migraine for a day or I may have confronted less graciously .... But I love how you artfully had their engagement and then informed them they had met their first former foster child.... You are a hero!!! I totally understand the experience of stigma but I guess there is a blank spot in my intellect as to why??? I have never hid that...
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Re: How does the general public percieve Foster Children?

Stephanie Russo ·
I think in our society we have a blind spot to why people behave the way they do. We like to assume that we are all playing with the same set of rules, but that leaves us blind to those that do not act in ways we can predict. If we can't predict their behavior, there must be something wrong with them. I believe that actions have meaning. I work with survivors of domestic violence and so often I hear survivors say, "You're going to think I'm crazy, but let me tell you what happened..." and...
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Re: Are Foster Care Children Excessively Medicated?

Former Member ·
I would recommend the blog talk radio that I put on the aces in peds group from Dr. Bruce Perry who discusses how to deal with these kid. Also the Foster Care AAP pdf has a section in the last pages about signs/symptoms kids can present with and how to respond to them. With these kids sensitivity is the key. Anything negative - a small look, a tone of voice that suggests even the slightest possibility of disappointment in the child can produce internal feelings of "I am terrible, I should...
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Re: Cross Culture/Loss of Culture in Foster Care

Lamin Barrow ·
Very interesting topic! I would be interested to see what talking points will emanate from you panel discussion. Below is link to an interesting article on a case of Muslim kids loosing their identity in the foster care system in Michigan. Population demographics are important precursors for the recruitment of foster homes, not to say recruitment and retention of foster parents is an easy task. https://www.freep.com/story/ne...lim-homes/473928001/
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Re: ACE's Informed Child Protective Services?

Elaine: I know that Benchmarks PFE (Partnering for Excellence) has a pilot program going. They are working with researchers from Duke to help measure and assess. They are doing a few things I think are pretty cool: Making sure therapists and clinicians are trauma-informed and ACEs aware. Making sure Child Welfare and Family Services is trauma-informed and ACEs aware. Making sure medical insurers they work with are as well. But they are also doing some innovative things such as working with...
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Re: ACE's Informed Child Protective Services?

Former Member ·
This is a problem area for sure. I did my residency at Riley and worked as a pedi in several places in Indiana. The child welfare system is incredibly broken because the resources alloted in Indiana are poor (and MI too). And all over the country. The case workers are not well trained or paid and all I have met are almost totally unaware of the importance of ACEs science, but getting better. I’ve talked to a few of my fellow peds classmates still in Indiana and it hasn’t changed much I am...
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Clinician serving the child with CPS removal?

John Richardson-Lauve ·
Does anyone know of communities who send a clinician to serve the child (trauma, psychological first aid, etc) when a social service/child protective service team member goes out for a "removal" from a family and move into foster care or kinship care? Someone to focus on the needs of the child, instead of the inevitable negotiations, information-gathering, packing, and management of the parent/guardian? I know I've heard of communities who do this across the country. Having a hard time...
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