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  • Appellate Court Upholds Denial of "Incompetent" Lawyer's 6-figure Fee (JD Journal – 1/7/09)
    In 2003, Zuhua Chen retained Goldman to represent her and her infant son, David, who suffered severe brain damage and other medical problems at birth that will require ongoing supervision and treatment for the rest of his life. Goldman won a $2.4 million medical malpractice case, but was found to have failed to investigate the future needs of his child client, and to have overcharged his client.
  • Communication Skills for Parents (
    An important skill for parents to master is "active listening." When parents listen actively, they send children the message that they are important enough to have the parent's undivided attention. Many problems can be solved and even prevented when parents take the time to use active listening. Importantly, when a parent is an active listener, she is able to guide children to solve problems for themselves. Here are steps to master this listening skill.
  • Encouraging Physical Activity at Home (Your Therapy Source – 11/9/10)
    Let's face it growing up today is not the same as it used to be. The children in the United States are becoming less and less active. Many children today ride the bus to school, ride the bus home and play indoors (mostly television, video game and computer use). The extracurricular physical activities in a child's life are mostly organized sports. Pediatric occupational and physical therapists can encourage physical activity as a leisure activity leading to a healthier lifestyle for all children.
  • Enforcing Child Support of Out of State Parents (JD Supra – 10/2/12)
    When your children’s other parent lives in another state, determining which state has jurisdiction to rule on the establishment, collection and enforcement of child support payments can complicate the process of getting the money you  are owed. The Uniform Interstate Family Support Act (UIFSA) addresses this issue so you know which order to follow and which court to petition for legal intervention.
  • Keeping the Promise: The Critical Need for Post-Adoption Services to Enable Children and Families to Succeed (Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute)
    Over the last two decades, our nation has seen steep increases in the number of adoptions from foster care in the United States and from orphanages abroad – which, combined, make up the vast majority of non-stepparent adoptions; i.e., we have made considerable progress in finding enduring families for girls and boys who have suffered from abuse, neglect, multiple placements, institutionalization and other pre-adoption experiences that can cause them physical, psychological, emotional and developmental harm. Now the paradigm has to shift, and our priority must be not only to achieve permanency, but also to assure that adoptive parents receive the supports they need to raise their children to healthy adulthood.
  • Marvel Comics vs. The Summer Brain Drain (My Great Kid – 7/21/10)
    Looking for a cool tool that will help keep your kids: (a) busy; (b) using their imaginations creatively; (c) working on those reading and writing skills; and (d) out from in front of those video game screens? Then you might just be interested in checking out some great stuff on the Marvel Comics website.Now I know some folks like to turn their noses up at comic books and don’t consider them “quality reading materials”. However, the simple fact of the matter is that comics have been turning non-readers into readers for decades and it does it in a way that is very visual, action packed, detailed and just as imagination expanding as any fancier, school approved reading list will. Those same visual and action packed characteristics also makes them especially productive for those readers who are either just learning to read or struggling to read because it keeps them involved and adds a context to what they’re reading.
  • New Issue Brief on Victimization and Child Trauma – Implications for Legal Advocates (Safe Start Center – Sept. 2012)
    Many children and youth in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems have experienced or witnessed violence or other traumatic events and suffered the fear of ongoing exposure to harm; these experiences can lead to increased social, emotional, and physical needs. Trauma-informed care and evidence-based mental health treatments are a crucial part of recovery.  In trauma-informed care, treatment is guided by an understanding of exposure to violence and trauma-related issues that can present themselves in youth when they get involved with the courts. In this document, the term “exposure to violence” includes both witnessing and personally experiencing violence.
  • Ready, Set, Fly! (Casey Family Programs)
    Parents, teachers and therapists who instruct teens and young adults, may want to check out Ready, Set , Fly – A Parents Guide to Teaching Life Skills. This electronic book was created with foster parents in mind in particular but it is very useful for all parents and therapists. The activities are graded using different levels based on age (activities are developed for children ages 8 years old and up).
  • Screen Time and Attention Span (Your Therapy Source – 7/7/10)
    Pediatrics will be publishing a study on the effects of television and video gaming on attention problems. One thousand three hundred twenty three children (6-12 years old) were followed for 13 months. Television and video gaming use were recorded. The average screen time use (TV and video games) was 4.26 hours. Teachers reported on attention problems in students. The results indicated that exposure to television and video games was associated with attention problems in middle childhood. The association existed for television and video game use.
  • Solutions to Help Transitioning Youth (Children's Bureau Express)
    The National Resource Center for Youth Development (NRCYD) hosts a one-stop-shop resource center for child welfare professionals and agencies working with transitioning youth.  Research is also available on court-involved youth, youth at risk of court involvement, Native American youth, youth with disabilities, and the lesbian, gay, transgendered, and questioning youth population.
  • Some Gifts Take More Than They Give (Register-Herald – 12/19/08)
    Donors could inadvertently be imposing a burden, particularly if the family receives any kind of special financial benefits such as Social Security or money provided by the Department of Health and Human Resources.
  • Supportive Housing and Child Welfare Outcomes (Children's Bureau Express)
    The provision of concrete services, such as housing, can have a positive impact on child welfare outcomes. A new publication by the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare (CASCW) highlights results from a longitudinal study in Minnesota evaluating the role of supportive housing on homeless children's well-being, specifically, educational and child welfare outcomes.

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