Central American Street Children in USA

The ABC News Univision online webpage presented a piece by Albert Sabate exploring the new crisis of Central American Street Children in USA

Central American Street Children in USA

Read the excerpt below.

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Central American Street Children in USA

“Child Refugees Flee Central America for U.S. in Dramatic Numbers”

Central American Street Children in USA“More than 10,000 children from Central America have sought refuge in the United States in recent months after fleeing violence in their home countries — almost twice as many as last year.”

“The number of unaccompanied immigrant children has surged dramatically since October 2011, according to a report by the Women’s Refugee Commission. By June, the Department of Health and Human Service’s Office of Refugee Resettlement had 10,004 children in its care.”

“Violence is the primary reason children have fled from Central America. They largely come from El Salvador (27 percent), Guatemala (35 percent) and Honduras (25 percent). The number of children from Mexico increased only slightly, according to the report.”

Central American Street Children in USA“”Once children got to the desert bordering the U.S., many were abandoned by guides and left without food or water. Some wandered for days until Border Patrol found them. Others describe making it to the Rio Grande River and watching others drown as they struggled against the current.””

“Even so, children prefer the risks in traveling north than staying home.”

“The report used numbers from the Department of Health and Human Service’s Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR)—the agency tasked with caring for these children—and from U.S. immigration agents.”

“The U.S. government is responsible for protecting children who are apprehended alone or without caregivers. Until parents, legal guardians or other appropriate caregivers are located, these children remain in the custody of ORR while their legal case is pending, said the report.”

Read the article at http://abcnews.go.com/ABC_Univision/News/number-child-refugees-central-america-surges/story?id=17493582#.UH8fD2-HI8k

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The Women’s Refugee Commission’s report on Central American Street Children in USA can be found by clicking the Link below.

Forced From Home
The Lost Boys and Girls of Central America

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Physical Discipline vs Child Abuse

In the interest of bringing you all sides of a controversy, here is an excerpt regarding Physical Discipline vs Child Abuse. A college senior at the Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas, has written an opinion as an online editor of one of this University’s publications. The Kansas State Collegian is a daily newspaper whose contents is reported, edited, and produced by students. This senior, Karen, Ingram, has taken up the cause of the downtrodden parent who continues to advocate for ‘spanking.’ She descriptively addresses her opinion in the ongoing debate and stipulates, despite the research, that ‘spanking’ and its cousin, the more aggressive physical discipline, along with the far distant relative child abuse, are not the same.

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 Physical Discipline vs Child Abuse

Physical Discipline vs Child Abuse

“Spanking not the same as abuse; physical discipline needed at times for unruly children”

“I have known many people who were abused, and I see examples of it in public places more often than I care to admit, but I think there is a clear difference between spanking a child and abusing them. Lately, however, there are more and more people saying that spanking is emotionally damaging to children. So it was with great interest that I read a July 2 press release by the American Academy of Pediatrics that said spanking has been linked to mental illness in people when they grow up.”

“… researchers found 2 to 7 percent of mental disorders were attributable to “harsh physical punishment,” which included “pushing, grabbing, shoving, slapping or hitting.” Therefore, they concluded that spanking is bad for children.”

“Wait, what? In what universe is “pushing, grabbing, shoving, slapping or hitting” the same as a spanking?”

“To say that people should not spank their kids because punching them makes them depressed is like saying you shouldn’t put a dog on a leash because pulling its ears hurts. It’s apples and oranges.”

Here’s your Link to the original source

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Who among you will step up and present your opinion on the controversy of Physical Discipline vs Child Abuse in the comment section below?

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Good Parents Take Action in an Abuse Case

Should Good Parents Take Action in an Abuse Case from School District? John McCAA from WFAA-TV out of the Texas / Fort Worth area, has composed a commentary that is meant to spur discussion on this very question. He gives suggestions on what ‘should’ have occurred, but didn’t. He has both the text and a video of this commentary. Directly below I have the video on this webpage. If you want to read the text, go to the Link below the video.

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Should Good Parents Take Action in an Abuse Case from School District?

 “Uncut: What’s a good parent to do?”

I was able to put this video on my website by the courtesy of WFAA-TV.

This is the Link to the source

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In life as a parent of students, I have run into unfair practices twice. Neither was this level of seriousness. This particular school district may not be representative of other school districts across America. Without support and money for a lawyer these parents would be lost. In this type of case a lawyer is essential. What do you think? Would you keep your child out of school? Should Good Parents Take Action in an Abuse Case from School District?

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Developmentally Disabled Children Bullied

Developmentally Disabled Children Bullied Out of many activities. Teach children to avoid this behavior by having community involvement in learning through the arts as in this post about a play in Arizona.

There is a theatre production entitled, “The Boy with No Name,” with is written by Ev Miller. In the excerpt below, there is an explanation of the drama that unfolds. Corianna Lee and Doug Harding are co-directing the production at the BlackBox Theatre. I have a quote from Corianna Lee in the excerpt below.

The discussion of this production appears in the Casa Grande Dispatch from TriVallyCentral.com online webpage. Logan Salmons, a staff writer for the Casa Grande Dispatch Is the author of and commenter tin this piece. TriValey Central has publications in several cities in Arizona, Casa Grande, Arizona City, Coolidge, Eloy, Florence, Maricopa.

Maybe we can’t be like the dolls below, holding hands and smiling all the time, but we can sure set that as a goal.

Developmentally Disabled Children Bullied Out

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Developmentally Disabled Children Bullied Out

 “’Boy With No Name’ deals with issues facing special-needs children, families”

“The theater again proves to be a powerful tool to enrich and touch the lives of others.”

“Eddie,” the protagonist of this drama is…

“… a challenged young man. Blessed with a healthy 18-year-old body and a winning disposition, he is also developmentally disabled, having the intellectual capacity of an 8-year-old. His mother, wrestling with guilt over Eddy’s condition, retreats into the anguished world of abusive behavior and tranquilizers. A visit by Eddy’s aunt and cousin almost ignites this volatile situation into a family tragedy.”

“Lee began searching for scripts in the spring and came across the drama, which she said instantly touched her, having taught special education for a total of nine years and done case management.”

““It was something I related to so personally and knew the community would be very affected by it, so I knew right away this was something I wanted to get involved in,” Lee said.”

““The hardest part is getting these guys to commit to their characters and understand them,” Lee said. “And it’s pushing and challenging me as a director, which is good. I need this to be as realistic as possible because if there are any inconsistencies, the power of the story won’t come through.””

“““I’m hoping that people understand that this is a real situation and that it happens,” Cody Kile said.“ [Cody Kile is the actor who plays (the protagonist, Eddie) Eddie’s father.] I want more than anything for people to understand that people who look or act different have emotions and feelings too and that they actually understand what’s happening to and around them.”””

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The arts have taken an economic hit, as has everything else. This type of production through community theatre is avenue to explore to bring involvement, education, and entertainment to your community. Put a stop to, or at least, a blockade to discrimination and cruel behaviors of community members, including teens and children. Teach a message – Your community will not tolerate Developmentally Disabled Children Bullied Out of anything.

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Toddlers Abuse and Neglect Facts

I fell into this piece about the horrific tragedy of a 2-year-old toddler’s death. Kelly Smith in the Star Tribune online out of Minneapolis, Minnesota wrote this piece. This is not discipline for toddlers! This is a case Example of Forms of Discipline for Toddlers Abuse and Neglect Facts.

We cannot close our eyes to the sadness of the state of some families and children.

Read the excerpt; go to the original source to read more. Perhaps you are in a position to contribute to the moral and social uplifting of such children in desperate need. I have always used my own moral compass to look to a solution rather than punishment, but I have no compassion for these adults.Example of Forms of Discipline for Toddlers Abuse and Neglect Facts

This is not discipline for toddlers.

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Example of Forms of Discipline for Toddlers Abuse and Neglect Facts

“Murder case shares horrors of St. Bonifacius boy’s death”

“For month, Shacara Foster and Kentae Todd kept toddler Cottrell Short confined to a St. Bonifacius home’s basement that reeked with raw garbage, rotting food and dead animals, police say.”

OMG! How could they?

“… charged in what Minnetrista Police Chief Paul Falls called Cottrell’s “horrible death.””

“Falls said that in his 18 years in the job, it’s “one of the most horrific things I have ever seen.””

“On quiet Hillview Lane in St. Bonifacius, Todd’s mother and stepfather rented a yellow duplex next to a small park. The couple lived there with Todd, his 11 siblings ages 2 to 19, Foster and her two toddlers.”

“The Minnesota Regional Medical Examiner’s Office ruled the death a homicide due to complications of neglect, specifically a blood infection from his burned hand. The autopsy report listed numerous injuries such as a fractured skull, ribs and arm, broken leg, cigarette burns on his feet, bruises across his body and brain hemorrhages. Toxicology tests showed high levels of adult cold medicine. Autopsy photos, the medical examiner added, depict a “desperately ill, battered and injured child.””

“He told police he (Kentai Todd) “popped” Cottrell on his hand and leg once to discipline him.”

“Both are now in the Hennepin County jail.”

Here is your source Link; please don’t close your eyes!

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I repeat for emphasis. This is not discipline for toddlers! This is a case Example of Forms of Discipline for Toddlers Abuse and Neglect Facts.

Though my career did not include child welfare directly, I was a mandated reporter. Through casework and home visits for the adults and adolescents that were receiving treatment for outpatient family, mental health, and substance abuse issues I have witnessed children in deplorable conditions. These children were in the care of adults that could not adequately take care of themselves.

Freedom in America breeds chaos. It gives most of us with moral and social compasses the freedom to pursue fulfillment through our abilities. It also gives freedom to those without a moral compass, or the abilities to think beyond themselves.

This case is deplorable! It is not isolated. All across America there are cases that shock and disgust us.

Child welfare in all states is under staffed and staffed by the over worked, under paid, and under educated. I am not a politician; I don’t have solutions. Now that I am ending my career with putting together that which I learned through life experience, education, dedication, and fortitude, I have to trust that others are continuing and expanding solutions.

Miracles do happen, just not in this case. Everyone was too late.

May your family days be brighter than Cottrell’s.

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Effects on Children of Single Parent Households

Effects on Children of Single Parent Households when Unemployed Benefits are Cut OffThe Touchstone Blog (www.tuc.org.uk/touchstone) sponsored by the Trades Union Congress of the UK has an article topic worth thinking through, that is, what are the Effects on Children of Single Parent Households when Unemployed Benefits are Cut Off? Philippa Newis is the author of this guest post on the topic.

You single parents out there… Have you been experiencing cutbacks on childcare welfare allowances, unemployment benefits, or any other welfare benefits related to childcare for the unemployed single parent?

See the excerpt below; the Link is included there.

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Effects on Children of Single Parent Households when Unemployed Benefits are Cut Off

“Pressure mounts on single parents to move off unemployment benefits, but where are the family-friendly jobs?”

“Levels of child benefit have been frozen, support for help with childcare costs has been reduced and the health in pregnancy grant has been scrapped, to name but a few.”

“From this week, single parents will yet again feel the pinch. Single …”

“124,000 single parents will be affected by the shake-up initially, but according to government estimates …”

Some of the statistics from the UK are:

“57% of all single parents work and 54% of single parents with five and six year olds are already in paid employment.”

“Finding a job is not the only obstacle facing single parents. Securing sustainable employment is also a significant challenge.”

“A better paid job can reduce reliance on in-work benefit payments and is a step towards single parents being able to move off benefits altogether in the long term. Rigid adherence to the conditions of jobseeker’s allowance in these circumstances inhibits, rather than enables, a single parent’s ability to find better paid employment.”

Touchstone blog is the source

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Effects on Children of Single Parent Households when Unemployed Benefits are Cut OffThe 124,000 individual single parent families affected in the UK do not seem that large of a segment of the population when compared to the welfare rolls in the US. I suspect that many more individual children of single parents receiving benefits have been negatively affected in the last decade by the poor economy and by it slow response to bounce back then in a very long time.

With 43% of single parents working in the UK, that still seems like and extremely high number of these families struggling for insurance benefits and a better quality of life.

Finding sustainable employment in the US is a problem as well. Many unemployed have half-heartedly solved this problem by joining a firm that specializes in finding employee for employers on a temporary basis. This still leaves families with health insurance difficulties, and the difficulty of obtaining decent medical care.

Do you agree that ‘rigid adherence’ to the stringent conditions of unemployment benefits ‘inhibits, rather than enables’ the capacity of an individual (especially a single parent) to identify employment or better paying employment? Let us all know; use that comment box below.

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Parenting and Child Welfare

Parenting and Child WelfareKathy Gyngell has a Blog online with Associated Newspapers Ltd. Associated Newspapers Ltd. In located in London UK. Her Blog posting on February 12th of this year is not a timid approach to Parenting and Child Welfare System in the UK. She makes some very strong statements regarding the government and social workers.

I am wondering how the statistics Kathy Gyngell quotes measure with our Child Welfare System in the US. I do know that our system does not boast a success rate that is truly acceptable.

Read her Blog Post and judge for yourself.
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Parenting and Child Welfare

“Only now are we beginning to see and acknowledge the scale of the crisis – a crisis of child neglect,inadequate, neglectful and abusive ‘parenting’ as witnessed by the potty training saga, neglect which to date has not been identified as such.”

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Parenting and a Community Moral Compass

Parenting and Child WelfareKathy Gyngell reported in her online blog that the number of children entering into the child welfare system has doubled in the last four year. She attributes this to the lack of a moral compass “as a society.”

She further stated that the “government” has used the politically correctness of dealing with drug abusers and addicts. By placing little or no blame on those addicts who are parents for their own illegal or immoral behaviors, thus creating the acceptance of child abuse and neglect. She reports: “These are the uncaring and careless values of the time.” Wow, strong statements.

She goes on to talk about social workers’ attitudes and responsibilities falling prey to the “tyranny of political correctness.”

Read this article, if the subject interests you. It is sad to hear such troubles facing children even across an ocean.

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