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October 5, 2012

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NATION: “AAP Issues Guidance on Adopted Children”
By: Cole Petrochko

According to a new report released by the American Academy of Pediatrics, adoptive parents should tell children that they are adopted, and pediatricians should help adoptive parents address challenges in rearing an adopted child. The report noted that although there is no particular time that parents should tell the child that they were adopted, children generally do not understand the differences between their family and other biological families until age 3. The report also noted that pediatricians should serve as resources and advisors for parents dealing with psychological and emotional problems facing adopted children., September 24th, 2012

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OHIO: “Ohio officials to study use of psychiatric drugs”
By: Ann Sanner

Last week, the state of Ohio announced that it plans to invest $1 million over the next three years to improve and evaluate the use of mental health drugs prescribed to foster children and other children on Medicaid. One of the primary questions the state seeks to answer is whether Medicaid children are being over prescribed psychiatric drugs. Approximately 22% of Ohio foster children are prescribed at least one psychiatric drug while they are in care. Additionally, in 2011, Ohio spent more than $25 million on mental health prescriptions for foster children and children receiving adoption services. The state hopes to develop guidelines for the use of mental health drugs and to educate caretakers, case workers and others about use of the drugs.
San Francisco Chronicle, September 25th, 2012

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NATION: “Injuries due to Child Abuse on the Rise”
By: Genevra Pittman

According to a new report published in Pediatrics, more children were hospitalized for serious injuries resulting from abuse in 2009 than in 1997. The report’s authors, John Leventhal, a pediatrician from the Yale School of Medicine, and Julie Gaither based the report on their review of records of serious abuse, physical assault and shaken baby syndrome. They found the number of children hospitalized for the reasons above increased between 1997 and 2009, from 6.1 to 6.4 out of every 100,000.
Reuters, October 1st, 2012

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CALIFORNIA: “California governor signs bill to provide more supportive homes to LGBT foster children”
By: Staff Member

Last week, California Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 1856 which will require foster parent training to include information related to cultural competency and best practices for serving LGBT young people. The new law will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2013. Two previous studies reported that unsupportive and unsafe foster homes contribute LGBT youth homelessness.

San Diego Gay and Lesbian News, September 28th, 2012

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CALIFORNIA: “California Governor signs landmark legislation addressing ‘shattered families’”
By: Yali Lincroft

This week, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law two bills intended to help detained and deported immigrant parents. The “Reuniting Immigrant Families Act” allows child welfare agencies to take additional time in order to find and reunite detained and deported parents with their children or find a relative placement for the child, regardless of immigration status. Under the “Calls for Kids Act” law enforcement officers will be required ask arrestees if they are a custodial parent at the time of arrest or booking and to notify the custodial parent of their right to make two additional phone calls to arrange for the care of their child.

First Focus Campaign for Children, October 1st, 2012

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The preceding are summaries of adoption/child welfare law news articles prepared by The National Center for Adoption Law & Policy. These summaries are provided for your information only and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Center. We strive to print news that reflects the diversity of our readership and a variety of viewpoints and approaches to child welfare issues. While we may not agree with a position taken, we believe in the critical importance to our constituents of impartial reporting.

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