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Article: Child Maltreatment History Should Be a Bar to Being a Foster Parent

Daniel Pollack and Noy Davis* just published an article on Youth Today about the legitimate need for foster care agencies to do background checks before granting licenses to prospective foster parents. "Across the country, some municipalities have begun to “Ban the Box,” to no longer at the outset ask questions about an applicant’s criminal history. [...]

By | 2016-06-16T23:08:38+00:00 June 14th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Article: Child Maltreatment History Should Be a Bar to Being a Foster Parent

FIRST STAR, INC. RECEIVES GRANT FROM JACK KENT COOKE FOUNDATION

PRESS RELEASE Thursday, April 21, 2016 Contact: Elissa Garr (202) 800-8411 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FIRST STAR, INC. RECEIVES GRANT FROM JACK KENT COOKE FOUNDATION Washington, DC – First Star, Inc. has been awarded a grant by the Good Neighbor Grants Program of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation for the 2016-2017 fiscal year. The support will [...]

By | 2016-10-25T17:46:57+00:00 April 22nd, 2016|Blog, FSGWA, FSGWA Stories, News|Comments Off on FIRST STAR, INC. RECEIVES GRANT FROM JACK KENT COOKE FOUNDATION

Happy Thanksgiving

"This holiday season there are many things to be thankful for. I want to take this opportunity to say thank you to everyone involved with First Star for all being who you are and for being a part of the First Star Greater Washington Academy. Without your commitment, support and engagement we would not be able to fulfill [...]

By | 2016-10-25T17:46:57+00:00 November 25th, 2015|Blog, FSGWA, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Happy Thanksgiving

Director’s Blog – November, 2015

                First Star Greater Washington held its third monthly meeting of the 2015-2016 academic year at The Phillips Collection, November 7th. FSGWA was ecstatic to work with the Phillips Collection and their staff again after following up on a workshop during the 2015 July Summer Immersion Program.  Together with Sara Start Fund and The [...]

By | 2016-10-25T17:46:57+00:00 November 23rd, 2015|Blog, FSGWA|Comments Off on Director’s Blog – November, 2015

Thank You Shenandoah University

To Everyone at Shenandoah University, On behalf of First Star Greater Washington Academy, I want to thank you for the warm welcome during our visit on Tuesday November 17th where we were treated to private meetings with Admissions counselors, Financial Aid advisors, treated a private tour of the University and a wonderful lunch in the [...]

By | 2016-10-25T17:46:57+00:00 November 23rd, 2015|Blog, FSGWA|Comments Off on Thank You Shenandoah University

Over 120 Advocacy Groups, including First Star, Endorse the Children’s Bill of Rights

First Focus announced that over 120 state and national organizations led by the First Focus Campaign for Children endorsed today the Children’s Bill of Rights (H. Res. 476). The resolution, recently introduced by Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif.) and Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.), would establish a national Children’s Bill of Rights recognizing that [...]

By | 2016-10-25T17:46:58+00:00 October 29th, 2015|News|Comments Off on Over 120 Advocacy Groups, including First Star, Endorse the Children’s Bill of Rights

Susan Scutti Reports in the Medical Daily that Neglect May be as Harmful as a Slap

Emotional abuse may be equally harmful to a child as physical abuse and neglect, the results of a McGill University study suggest. Importantly, the researchers also say, sexually abused children are usually mistreated in other ways as well. "Child maltreatment" is the psychological umbrella covering child physical abuse (affecting 8.0 percent of the world’s children), [...]

By | 2016-10-25T17:46:58+00:00 October 14th, 2015|News|Comments Off on Susan Scutti Reports in the Medical Daily that Neglect May be as Harmful as a Slap

Kids Data Reports that CA Had the Highest Child Abuse & Neglect Rates Since 1999

John Kelly reported on October 14, 2015 in The Chronicle of Social Change on Focus on Figures. Focus on the Figures is a regular partnership between The Chronicle of Social Change andKidsData.org, a nonprofit dedicated to providing data on the health and well-being of California’s children. In 2014, there were 496,972 reports (allegations) of child abuse and [...]

By | 2015-10-14T20:30:20+00:00 October 14th, 2015|News, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Kids Data Reports that CA Had the Highest Child Abuse & Neglect Rates Since 1999

A New Study by Dr. Daniel Lindberg States that Routine Screening Might Spot More Cases on Child Abuse

Tara Haelle, HealthDay News, reported today the news of a new study that states that further testing of all children with suspicious injuries could minimize misdiagnoses. The early signs of child abuse among infants and toddlers -- head trauma, cracked ribs or abdominal injuries -- are often missed, and that may be due in part to [...]

By | 2016-10-25T17:46:58+00:00 October 5th, 2015|News|Comments Off on A New Study by Dr. Daniel Lindberg States that Routine Screening Might Spot More Cases on Child Abuse

DHHS Reports that Number of Children in Foster Care Has Risen

David Crary of the Associated Press reports that for the first time in a decade, there was a notable increase last year in the number of U.S. children in foster care, according to new federal figures released Wednesday. The annual report from the Department of Health and Human Services tallied 415,129 children in the foster [...]

By | 2016-10-25T17:46:58+00:00 September 25th, 2015|News, Uncategorized|Comments Off on DHHS Reports that Number of Children in Foster Care Has Risen