Category Archives: Family

Texas Supreme Court Hears Same-Sex Divorce Cases

Last Friday, the Texas Supreme Court announced plans to hear two cases in which same-sex couples married in Massachusetts are seeking a divorce in Texas.  As of this time, Texas does not recognize gay marriage as a state.  As reported by the Austin-American Statesman: The cases, involving couples from Austin and Dallas, will be the […]

Forum on New Healthcare Law’s Health Insurance Marketplace & How to Prepare

Healthcare In a Changing Landscape: Connecting Houstonians to Coverage: A Citywide Forum for Stakeholders and Consumers View the Forum Agenda & Register Online @ www.cdftexas.org/houstonforum COSPONSORS: Children’s Defense Fund, Texas Organizing Project & Enroll America’s Get Covered America campaign. WHERE: Krost Hall, University of Houston Law Center WHEN: Saturday, September 7, 2013, 9 AM – 4 […]

Discrimination and Racism in Adoptions

Discrimination and racism is something experienced by many immigrants and non-immigrants alike.  By nature, people seem to be uncomfortable with change and differences and tend to express their discomfort or curiosity in ways that are offensive.  Many may argue that is not true anymore, and I agree.  Fortunately, modern society is much more international and […]

Saturday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

High Court Says State Improperly Requested Medical Records in Truancy Case, Omaha.com Lisa Siefker has spent two years fighting to get her teenage autistic son to attend school regularly after he violated Nebraska’s controversial truancy law. But the 41-year-old Lincoln woman’s willingness to cooperate reached a limit when state officials overseeing the case wanted to […]

Baby Talk

In a recent article published in the New York Times, Tina Rosenberg explores the idea of baby talk.  In The Power of Talking to Your Baby definitive and critical research about child development is discussed.  Scholars have debated the reason(s) for the dramatic chasm between children raised in poverty and those who are not.  Numerous […]

Autism Awareness Day

The sixth annual World Autism Awareness Day is today, April 2, 2013. Every year, autism organizations around the world celebrate the day with unique fundraising and awareness-raising events. I wanted to take the time to explain to those who may not be familiar with autism as to what it is exactly so as to spread awareness. All of […]

Tuesday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Be Healthy, Be Active, Be You: The 2013 White House Easter Egg Roll, The White House Blog The First Family today welcomed more than 30,000 guests to the South Lawn for the 135th annual White House Easter Egg Roll. This year’s theme, “Be Healthy, Be Active, Be You” was inspired by Let’s Move!, and the day’s […]

Yoga: Relaxing Exercise or Hindu Religious Indoctrination?

Paul Ecke Central Elementary School in Encinitas, California has started teaching yoga classes to its elementary school students. The classes are to be held twice weekly for thirty minutes a session. Some parents are raising religious objections to these classes, fearing that the program will promote Hindu religious beliefs. They are claiming it violates their […]

Tuesday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Clayton juvenile program becomes model for state reform, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Quantavius Poole was a school brawler, a drug dealer, and he was facing five years in juvenile detention. Now, at 17, he is a sous chef for a caterer. He hopes to enlist in the National Guard so he can pay his way through […]

Monday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

The Bully Effect, Anderson Cooper 360 An extraordinary documentary called “Bully” captured a behavior adults hear about, but rarely see: the way some kids pressure and relentlessly harass their peers. Filmmaker Lee Hirsch was embedded in several schools for an entire year. What he filmed was so raw and eye-opening that the project catapulted a […]

Monday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

From prison to juvenile justice lawyer, San Francisco Chronicle Francis Guzman, who was sentenced to 15 years at age 15, has become an advocate for juvenile justice. “Kids don’t make smart decisions,” Guzman said. “But ultimately, you are not the worst thing you have done. The weakest thing I did made me the strongest person […]