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A couple Texas Legislative updates: Texans Care for Children, Why Legislators Should fund Pre-K Quality Through the New Grant Program (With Maps by Legislative District), Stephanie Rubin February 24, 2017 “But that only works if the grants are large enough to encourage districts to participate. If the Legislature provides $236 million for the 2018-19 biennium, and the same […]

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Parents fearing deportation pick guardians for U.S. childrenThe The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) advocacy group has been receiving about 10 requests a day from parents who want to put in place temporary guardianships for their children, said spokesman Jorge-Mario Cabrera. Last year, the group said it received about two requests a […]

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Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder is linked to delayed brain development, The Washington Post For the first time, scientists can point to substantial empirical evidence that people with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder have brain structures that differ from those of people without ADHD. The common disorder, they conclude, should be considered a problem of delayed brain maturation and not, as it […]

16th Zealous Advocacy Conference – REGISTRATION OPEN

We are formally inviting you to our 16th Zealous Advocacy Conference! The Zealous Advocacy Conference is an annual training seminar organized by the Center for Children, Law & Policy and the Southwest Juvenile Defender Center. The conference is the premier professional development training for juvenile public defense attorneys practicing in the Southwestern United States. This […]

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How Hollow Rhetoric and a Broken Child Welfare System Feed Texas’ Sex-Trafficking Underworld, The Texas Tribune Eighty-six percent of missing children suspected of being forced into sex work came from the child welfare system, national data show, and a state-funded study estimated that the vast majority of young victims in Texas had some contact with […]

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NPR Betsy DeVos Confirmed As Education Secretary, February 7, 2017, ANYA KAMENETZ “The 59-year-old philanthropist and activist from Michigan takes over the leadership and management of a federal bureaucracy with 4,400 employees and a $68 billion annual budget. Now, the question is: How much will actually change for the nation’s 50 million public school students and 20 […]

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Gov. Abbott’s Goals of CPS Overhaul, Budget Cuts In Conflict Gov. Greg Abbott says fixing Texas’ Child Protective Services is a life and death issue. In his State of the State address, Abbott called for an overhaul of CPS, including more money for staff and training.The governor said more than 100 children died last year […]

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Minority juvenile offenders face inequities in mental health treatment, The Dallas Morning News Every day, our jails and prisons take in large numbers of offenders who have serious mental health issues. But how good are we in diagnosing and treating their illnesses? Traditionally, not very good, and the record gets worse with respect to providing […]

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Fighting the Worst Pipeline of All: From School to Prison, Indian Country Media, Commentary, Frank Hopper, Posted: Jan 02, 2017 “Another pipeline crossing Indian country threatens our most precious resource. This pipeline has been under construction for nearly a century and has already done irreparable damage to Native people and communities. It doesn’t carry oil or […]

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New law includes mental health care reforms for children: Addresses problem of kids waiting for beds The 21st Century Cures Act commits billions of dollars for cancer research and to help fight the opioid epidemic, but it also includes reforms to expand mental health treatment, ensure coverage by insurance companies and increase the number of […]