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Kids Who Suffer Hunger In First Years Lag Behind Their Peers In School

Kids Who Suffer Hunger In First Years Lag Behind Their Peers In School   Growing up in a hungry household in the first couple of years of life can hurt how well a child performs in school years later, according to a new study. An estimated 13.1 million children live in homes with insufficient food, according…

Challenges of prisoner re-entry

Challenges of prisoner re-entry Bruce’s story is compelling, and all too familiar. He is one of roughly 4.8 million offenders currently under some form of community supervision in the United States, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS). Rising incarceration rates over the last few decades mean that more people are being locked up and…

Why the holidays are the best time to find a new job

Why the holidays are the best time to find a new job By Anne Fisher   Dear Annie: Can you settle a bet? A friend of mine who has been out of work for quite a while is planning to take the month of December off from job hunting because he says hiring managers are taking…

When Dad Comes Home From Prison

When Dad Comes Home From Prison Children whose fathers have been incarcerated may experience numerous challenges when their fathers come home from prison. They have basic needs: a safe place to live and people to care for them in their fathers’ absence, food, clothing, and medical care. One challenge is how the child responded to…

U.S. households now have as much debt as they had in 2008

U.S. households now have as much debt as they had in 2008 By Maria Lamagna   After months of speculation, it happened: Household debt levels in the U.S. have surpassed their 2008 peak. The New York Federal Reserve released a new report that showed U.S. collective household debt balances totaled $12.73 trillion in March 2017, surpassing…

17 Ways to Ease Back-to-School

17 Ways to Ease Back-to-School By Stephanie Dolgoff   For a kid, going from a hazy, lazy summer where the only thing she has on her schedule is scratching a mosquito bite (and even then only if she feels like it!) to having to rise with the sun, look remotely human, and pay attention all…

Father Matters Confidential Intermediary Program FAQ

Father Matters Confidential Intermediary Program FAQ Arizona Adoption Records Arizona adoption records are handled by the Office of Vital Records.  After an adoption has been finalized the Office of Vital Records is responsible for amending the birth certificate to reflect the adoptive information.  Once the birth certificate has been amended, the original birth certificate is sealed by…

Anger Disorder: What It Is and What We Can Do About It

Anger Disorder: What It Is and What We Can Do About It   In my PT blog (Evil Deeds) I have been posting numerous examples of murderously violent behavior perpetrated by pathologically angry individuals, usually men, including the Columbine High School shootings, Virginia Tech, as well as some more recent savage massacres in Los Angeles, Germany, Florida and…

Your Child Is Not Your “Friend”

Your Child Is Not Your “Friend” By James Lehman, MSW   There is a purely emotional part of the parent/child relationship that is built on affection and esteem. Parents and children are genetically geared to love each other, and it’s a beautiful thing to behold. But there’s a stage where parenting becomes a functional role, not…