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Gotta Ban Them All

Karen L Pollock | Posted 07.27.2016 | Parents
Karen L Pollock

Those calling for a ban on Pokemon Go claim paedophiles will use the app to lure children away from Pokestops and Gyms (places where more than one player may encounter each other). For many years this was the standard warning children were given about child abuse. The reality, as any professional who works with the survivors/victims of child abuse knows, is very different.

Beyond the wall: What's missing from our immigration debate?

Anne Goddard | Posted 02.29.2016 | Impact
Anne Goddard

The national debate over America's immigration policy has a cyclical nature to it, tending to spike during political seasons where the posturing is lo...

The Numbers: Child Sexual Imposition in the United States

Harry Leibowitz | Posted 02.12.2016 | Impact
Harry Leibowitz

These numbers represent a growing plague of child sexual imposition in this country. Why are we - a society that prides itself on speaking out against atrocities around the world - allowing these numbers to stand? Why are we not doing more to protect our children and their innocence?

Is Our Fear of Terrorism Suppressing Our Compassion?

Anne Goddard | Posted 12.23.2015 | Impact
Anne Goddard

More and more, our national conversation about terrorism is taking on ethnic and religious overtones. That's what fear can do. It substitutes irration...

In Global Survey, Children Ask Adults to Love Them More

Anne Goddard | Posted 12.07.2015 | Impact
Anne Goddard

The survey gives voice to the concerns of children who are too often ignored, and they speak with a clarity and resonance that compels us to take notice.

Protecting Refugee Children From the Failures of Adults

Anne Goddard | Posted 09.22.2015 | Impact
Anne Goddard

The children of Syria have lost their lives and homes and schooling and innocence -- they have lost the precious and fleeting years we call childhood. Children deserve the right to be children, and we must make this as much a priority as every other consideration during this tragedy.

Help the Refugees With Debt for Dignity Swaps

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 09.09.2015 | World
Lorelei Kelly

Spurred on by the increasingly dire human and political costs of inadequate response, European leaders will gather in mid-September to address the refugee crisis. They should look to the environmental conservation movement to find innovative policy ideas.

Renewed Focus and New Goals Must Make Child Protection a Priority

Anne Goddard | Posted 07.17.2016 | Impact
Anne Goddard

Last month, UNICEF's most recent Progress for Children report provided a sobering reminder of the many challenges that remain in building a world that is safe, healthy and hopeful for the poorest children.

Foster Youth Questival 2015

Daniel Heimpel | Posted 06.25.2016 | Impact
Daniel Heimpel

After four years, and taking dozens of novice climbers up Mt. Shasta, I know that I have helped to impart a little beauty into those lives. And to know that beauty, calm and sense of accomplishment lives on without me makes it all worth it.

To the Heroes Advocating on Behalf of Abused Children

Stacey Steinberg | Posted 05.15.2016 | Impact
Stacey Steinberg

Please remember that you change lives every single day. You see things most 'regular people' pretend don't exist. You nurture broken hearts by day and fall asleep at night wishing only that you could have done more.

Foster Mother's Day 2015

Daniel Heimpel | Posted 05.15.2016 | Impact
Daniel Heimpel

When many people think about foster care, their thoughts immediately go to the heart wrenching headlines they read in the newspaper. The system is broken, we are taught to believe. Child protection's primary goal is to rip families apart, we think.

Will the U.S. Government Stand Alone in Rejecting Children's Rights?

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 04.11.2015 | World
Lawrence Wittner

Treaty ratification requires support from two-thirds of the U.S. Senate―a level of support that has been lacking thanks to Republican Party opposition and, especially, the fierce hostility of the conservative Republican base, including groups like the Christian Coalition, the Family Research Council, Focus on the Family, and the John Birch Society.

Relisha's Brothers, Part I: At Risk of Poverty

Matthew Fraidin | Posted 03.02.2015 | DC
Matthew Fraidin

The tragedy is familiar to many by now. Eight-year-old Relisha Rudd disappeared in March from the DC General emergency family homeless shelter. Allegedly in the care of a janitor at the shelter, Relisha hasn't been seen since.

Children Lend Their Voices to Call for Greater Protection From Violence

Anne Goddard | Posted 02.14.2015 | Impact
Anne Goddard

Children are perhaps the most objective observers of the world around them. They understand the threats to their safety. They see their governments and adults as failing in their responsibility to protect them. They recognize that forced labor and forced marriage deny them the chance for a better life.

25 Years Later, Children's Rights Still Lacking

Anne Goddard | Posted 01.20.2015 | Impact
Anne Goddard

Anniversaries provide important milestones for taking stock, and on this one, it's clear that there is still much work to be done - that in many places around the world, the promises have turned out to be empty ones. At least, so far.

Deaths, Abuse and Alleged Rapes: How Lax Oversight Endangers Florida's -- and the Nation's -- Children

Art Levine | Posted 01.14.2015 | Politics
Art Levine

Is Florida the most dangerous places in the country for children with disabilities, behavioral disorders or the sheer misfortune to be born into abusive families? That could well be the case, based on a series of troubling investigative reports.

Los Angeles Child Protection Checkup

Daniel Heimpel | Posted 01.12.2015 | Impact
Daniel Heimpel

Today, we at Fostering Media Connections released our second quarterly "Checkup" on the developmental health of Los Angeles County's child protection reform effort.

Preventive Analytics and Child Protection

Daniel Heimpel | Posted 12.30.2014 | Impact
Daniel Heimpel

Sheffield's first reaction was "devastation, disappointment, depression, tragedy: any and everything that could be negative." Even if she didn't fully realize it as a pregnant teen in 2004, the prospects for her baby girl were less than optimal.

Ohio v. Clark: Do Children's Statements Have to Be Live Testimony

Joan Meier | Posted 12.28.2014 | Crime
Joan Meier

On October 2 the Supreme Court agreed to review a decision from Ohio which could help make abused children safer, or not. The case raises the question of whether children's statements to adults reporting their own abuse can be heard in court.

World's Children Echo Call for Making Child Protection a Global Priority

Anne Goddard | Posted 12.15.2014 | Impact
Anne Goddard

That famous old observation -- "Everybody talks about the weather but no one does anything about it" -- has reminded me of the ongoing discussions about protecting children from violence.

Anonymity Is Part of Humanity

Hemanshu Nigam | Posted 11.05.2014 | Parents
Hemanshu Nigam

So, what's hot? Apps based on anonymity, where kids and adults can explore questions that can be asked or answered anonymously, are rising in popularity.

My journey Started With a Picture, $50, a Goat and a Dream

The Youth Assembly at the United Nations | Posted 10.20.2014 | Impact
The Youth Assembly at the United Nations

I soon learned that anyone (even young people) could make a difference in the lives of others around the world. It all starts by committing to take one action in support of a local or global issue.

In Zimbabwe, Corporal Punishment Is the Preferred Tool for Shaping Children's Behavior

Miriam Mufaro | Posted 10.20.2014 | Impact
Miriam Mufaro

As a mischievous child, being beaten up by parents and relatives for various misdemeanors became normal. I simply thought nothing of it; I did not think there was anything wrong with it.

What Millions Of Grandparents Want You To Know

Deborah Doucette | Posted 09.13.2014 | Fifty
Deborah Doucette

Millions of grandparents are rescuing their grandchildren from a life of neglect, chaos, and abuse at the hands of addicted parents. These are families from every walk of life, of socio-economic strata, of size, shape, and color. Make no mistake, they are families like yours and mine.

Birth Registration: The Missing Link of Child Protection

Celia Buckman | Posted 08.05.2014 | Teen
Celia Buckman

It's really a simple concept. Every child, no matter where they live or what their circumstances, should be acknowledged by their governments of their existence.