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The preventable tragedy of D’ashon Morris< | Dallas News

When a giant health care company wanted to save money, a foster baby paid the price<p>By J. David McSwane and Andrew Chavez | Staff Writers<p>Photos and …

I'm Still Piecing Myself Together After Living Through Years of Childhood Trauma

<i>According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, approximately 18.5% of adults in the United States experience mental illness every year. That's</i> …

Mental Health

The Struggle Of Finding Help For 'A Dangerous Son'

A new HBO documentary tells a story about families with children who have psychiatric disorders that lead to violent behavior.<p><i>A Dangerous Son,</i> which premieres Monday, focuses on three families who are dealing with the simultaneous challenges of handling children prone to lashing out while looking …

Military child abuse case raises complex sentencing issues

NEWARK, N.J. — The allegations were shocking: an Army major and his wife accused of abusing their three young foster children through beatings, …

How YOUR response to student behavior can change the trajectory of a child’s life

<i>This week on the Truth for Teachers podcast, I talked to educators about the school-to-prison pipeline and how restorative justice in the classroom</i> …

Pedagogy

How Protestant Churches Are Involved with Adoption and Foster Care

Survey finds nondenominational ones are most active. But half of churchgoers say their church doesn’t mention either issue. The Bible has a lot to …

Women Everywhere Are Saying #TimesUp, But What Are We Doing To Help Foster Children?

There’s this little thing that’s been eating away at the corner of my conscience for weeks, maybe months now.<p>More than a week after Oprah reignited …

News 13 Investigates: More WNC kids in foster care

As the opioid crisis tightens its grip on parents throughout the mountains, the children left behind are now a growing concern.<p>More kids are entering …

How To Manage The Four Strong Personalities You See In Meetings

We’ve all got our quirks, and most of us bring strengths and some weaknesses to the teams to which we belong. But there are four strong personalities that stand out for their ability, both positively and negatively, to impact team dynamics, especially when it comes to meetings.<p>There are the</b> …

Leadership

Foster Parents Advocate for Stronger Rights

“Whenever I go anywhere, I walk in with seven kids,” started Kittitas County resident Jessica Hanna with a chuckle, “So it’s kind of crazy.” While …

Appeals court stays order for changes in Texas foster system

DALLAS (AP) — A judge ordered Texas to make sweeping changes to its foster care system on Friday, two years after she found it unconstitutionally …

Leadership Lesson: It Comes From The Heart

The Mercy Health System has roots that go back more than 185 years when Catherine McAuley wanted to help poor women and children in Dublin. In 1827, she opened the House of Mercy, and a few years later, she founded the Sisters of Mercy. In 1843, the Sisters of Mercy expanded from Ireland and …

Leadership

There is no gray area on child abuse

The Denver Post recently published a shortened version of an Associate Press article about a mother from Lakewood who was indicted by a federal grand …

This Is How Much Praise Kids Really Need

To help children thrive emotionally and socially, aim to praise them for their good behavior five times a day, a new study suggests. The research, …

Siblings

Indiana child welfare chief pens scathing resignation letter

The head of Indiana's child welfare agency told the governor in a scathing letter that she is quitting because his administration's funding cuts and …

In Maryland Prison, Girl Scouts Get To Visit With Their Moms

<b>JESSUP, Md. (AP) —</b> Nine-year-old Kuhmaria VanBuren ran into the prison gymnasium and jumped into her mother’s arms with so much force they almost …

How to Support Foster Children

When you choose to become a foster carer the rewards can be great. Supporting a child through a difficult period in their life, watching them grow …

Becoming A Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Could Be A Lifeline For A Foster Child

Meghan Walbert and her husband had always discussed adoption and becoming foster parents. While they knew they wanted to have biological children of …

7 Planning Steps for a Short Annual Report

One of the beautiful things about a short annual report (think 2-4 pager, infographic or video) is that you don’t have to spend nearly as much time …

Why Volunteering Over The Holidays Isn't The Best Idea

Nonprofits really need help when volunteer numbers dry up after New Year's.<p>At noon on Nov. 1, Meg Currie Teoh opened up registration for people to volunteer on Thanksgiving for a meal for about 300 people at a church in Lansdale, Pennsylvania. By the following morning, every slot for serving food, …

12 Amazing Gifts For Kids With Autism

Before the holiday celebrations can really begin, I have to ask myself the one question all moms face every year: "What do the kids want or need?" To be clear, I'm not complaining. I'm very lucky to have a family that wants to spoil my children, especially around the holidays, but it can be really …

Kids

'My daddy hurts me all the time': Broken and bruised, the little girl who begged for help - and was saved

On a bitterly cold October night in 1986, a terrified seven-year-old girl crept out of bed and took her first courageous steps to freedom.<p>For as long …

The Key Differences Between Culture, Purpose And Employee Engagement

I have several favorite chocolate bars. Crunchie is one. Toffee and chocolate. What a combination. So too is a Reese Cup. Peanut butter and chocolate? Yes please. And don’t get me started about a caramel-filled Dairy Milk bar from England.<p>As your mouth waters and the endorphins kick into high gear, …

Employee Engagement

What It’s Like To Be A 30-Year-Old Foster Mom To Refugee Teens

Jenny Nakata isn’t like the other moms at back to school night. At 30, she is by far the youngest parent to have a teenage son. But even though …

Parenting

Doctors, nurses are trained to care for abused, neglected children at Denver foster clinic

The 5-year-old had a two-hour meltdown before he came to the pediatrician, where he sat in an exam room mad-faced, arms crossed in front of his …

Foster Care

Opioid crisis strains foster care system; programs aim to keep kids with mom

After Raven Mosser gave birth six years ago, she woke up to a social worker in her hospital room. Her newborn son had been born exposed to opioids — …

Harvey and Irma, Married 75 Years, Marvel at the Storms Bearing Their Names

<i>Read the latest with Friday’s live updates on Hurricane Irma.</i><p>Harvey and Irma Schluter have been married for 75 years. He turned 104 in July; she will be 93 in November.<p>They vividly remember many of the major events of the 20th century, from her first time spotting an airplane, during the Great …

Extreme Weather

Take the Day Off to Lead Better Tomorrow: 25 Ways to Show Up

Labor Day is here, school's back in session, your leadership may want a nap<p>In my work with business leaders and entrepreneurs there's often a push to go go go... get'er done get'er done... and "sleep when I'm dead". I totally get this. These are often necessary mindsets and frames to support agile …

Entrepreneurship