Monthly Archives: December 2010
|December 31, 2010||Posted by M. P. under Behavorial Health, Children and Family, Youth Development||
The New York Times blog Well, features a December 31, 2010 post entitled Four Adopted Siblings, Lots of Holiday Stress wherein Dr. Joshua Sparrow offers advice to families with adopted or foster children on how to handle the excitement and stress of the holiday season. His view on the role of prior trauma in shaping responses to a season that is assumed to be one of only happy experiences for children is especially helpful for parents and professionals alike.
|December 22, 2010||Posted by M. P. under Budget, Management, Philanthropy||
I was intrigued by the post General Operating Support Remains the Exception by Andrea Brock at the Center for Effective Philanthropy blog, one – because I have some experience in that area and two – because finding substantial funding for general operations is considered one of the more daunting directives to grant writers.
As Ms. Brock points out, myriad reports defend the need for general operating support and lay out persuasive rationale for why foundations should provide it to nonprofit organizations, yet it is still a request oft denied. In fact, foundation giving for nonprofits’ general operating needs remains at or below 2003 levels.
What gave Gen-Op such a bad reputation? If a foundation has properly vetted an applicant agency, are unrestricted funds any more fraught with the potential for misuse than restricted monies? How exactly has Gen-Op become the need-that-must-not-be-named?
|December 20, 2010||Posted by M. P. under Behavorial Health, Children and Family, Health, Research||
Results from a research study on environmental pollution and autism may significantly shape future research on causal factors of this developmental disorder. The findings identify air pollution as an environmental condition associated with autism.
The southern California study looked at the link between autism and air pollution by examining how close female study participants lived to major transportation thoroughfares such as highways and other highly traveled routes during their pregnancy. The data came from 304 autism cases and 259 control (non-autistic) cases enrolled in the Childhood Autism Risks from Genetics and the Environment (CHARGE) Study. The findings indicate that living approximately 1,014 feet (309 meters, 0.19 of a mile) or closer to a freeway during pregnancy (when other variables were adjusted for) was associated with autism.
Visit the Environmental Health Perspectives journal website for a full copy of the article Residential Proximity to Freeways and Autism in the CHARGE Study to be released in the next few weeks.
Article Citation: Volk HE, Hertz-Picciotto I, Delwiche L, Lurmann F, McConnell R 2010. Residential Proximity to Freeways and Autism in the CHARGE study. Environ Health Perspect :-. doi:10.1289/ehp.1002835
|December 17, 2010||Posted by M. P. under Behavorial Health, Juvenile Delinquency, Research, Youth Development||
The juvenile justice system in American is facing a number of challenges, from overcrowded detention facilities to increasing costs to the delicate balance of demanding accountability while providing rehabilitative services.
A report on the state of juvenile detention in Ohio by the Children’s Defense Fund, Children’s Law Center, Juvenile Justice Coalition; completed with funding by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Cincinnati Bar Foundation, highlights some critical issues facing the juvenile justice system today, including:
- Minority youth being detained in disproportionate numbers.
- Detention being utilized in place of mental health services for difficult-to-place youth.
- Juveniles lacking adequate or ANY legal representation when faced with charges that could lead to detention.
The publication, KIDS COUNT Issue Brief: Rethinking Juvenile Detention in Ohio, recognizes that Ohio is currently implementing juvenile justice reforms, but recommends increased state leadership on this issue and a state-wide system of oversight, assistance and accountability for juvenile corrections. The complete brief is available at the Foundation website.