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Articles January thru March 2015

January 14, 2015
US: Substance Use in Pregnancy
Advance Healthcare Network -
When substance use occurs during pregnancy, the problem takes on additional urgency. Substance use in pregnancy has far-reaching economic, psychosocial and physical effects on women and their children. It is crucial for primary care providers to screen for substance use.

January 15, 2015
US: Fewer child abuse and neglect victims for seventh consecutive year (Includes audio)
Administration for Children & Families -
The number of child abuse and maltreatment victims has dropped nationwide for the seventh consecutive year, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families (ACF).

January 22, 2015
US: "It's Not What's Wrong with the Children, It's What's Happened to Them"
Edutopia -
When young people have behavioral challenges, the system usually asks, "What is wrong with this child, and how do we stop it?" Instead, they ought to be asking, "What happened to this child, and how do we help them?"

February 09, 2015
GA: House panel passes bipartisan child welfare reporting bill
Atlanta Journal Constitution -
House Bill 177 says child welfare officials must confirm in writing within 24 hours whenever they receive reports of suspected child abuse from educators. And within five days of completing their investigations, they must disclose in writing to school counselors or principals whether they confirmed the complaints or not.

February 23, 2015
US: When to Allow Your Children to Stay Home Alone
HubPages -
The American Academy of Pediatrics strongly recommends adult supervision for children until they reach the age of 11 or 12 years old. But to be honest, there isn't a cookie cutter age. (List of individual States at end of article.)

February 25, 2015
US: Essential Role for Pediatricians in Care of Sexual Exploitation Victims
HealthDay News -
Pediatricians have a role to play in identification and treatment of victims of child sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC), according to a clinical report published online Feb. 23 in Pediatrics.
Information Gateway resources: Role of Related Professionals in Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect (Pediatricians and other health-care providers):

March 03, 2015
US: High court weighs validity of teacher testimony in child abuse cases
World -
The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on Monday regarding statements children make to teachers and other non-law enforcement agents about abuse they have experienced. Depending on the high court's ruling, prosecutors of these sensitive cases could face increased restrictions regarding which statements they can introduce in court. Information Gateway Resources: Mandated Reporting:

March 03, 2015
US: Child Neglect: It Can Happen In Your Own Backyard -- Recognize It and Take Action!
Huffington Post -
Many children die each year from child neglect. The media normally reports on child abuse fatalities so child abuse is clearer in the public's mind. Child neglect is extremely dangerous too. Here is the difference between abuse and neglect. Child abuse occurs when a parent intentionally takes action to harm to a child such as beating, kicking -- or sexual abuse. Child neglect occurs when there is a LACK of action by a parent or caretaker to keep a child safe from harm.

March 09, 2015
US: Doctor to Legislators: Refusing Medical Care Isn't Religious Freedom
NBC News -
They stood by and watched their children die. One after another, Dr. Paul Offit described the parents who prayed instead of getting their children the medical are they needed.

March 10, 2015
US: Repeated exposure of children to secondhand smoke is child abuse, expert argues
Science Daily -
"Purposeful and recurrent exposure of children to secondhand smoke by a parent is as abusive as many other commonly accepted physical and emotional traumas of children, like drunk driving or leaving children in a hot car unattended," says Dr. Goldstein, who is director of the UNC School of Medicine's Tobacco Prevention and Evaluation Program (TPEP) and its Nicotine Dependence Program (NDP)