Family dog sniffs out baby abuser, hidden tape leads to confession

A couple says their dog sniffed out a baby abuser in their home, the woman who was supposed to be caring for their seven-month-old son.

The babysitter, 22-year-old Alexis Khan, pleaded guilty to assault and battery last Monday in Charleston County Circuit Court.

Benjamin and Hope Jordan hired Khan to babysit their son, Finn, last year after they moved to Charleston. They say Khan came up clean in a background check.

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The Importance of Everyday Interactions for Early Brain Developmen

Can you remember the last time you played peek-a-boo with a young child? You may think it is just a fun child's game, but actually it is helping brains of very young children develop.

new study conducted by researchers at the University of Connecticut and to be published in the next issue of Developmental Science highlights that baby talk in one-on-one conversations with young children is important for their language development, but, did you know, it's also important for their brain development, too?

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Wendy’s Wonderful Kids’ Child-Focused Recruitment Adoption Model: Making a Difference for Thousands of Children -

Did you know that 50,516 children were adopted from foster care in 2011? November is National Adoption Month, a time to recognize the efforts of social workers, judges, agency administrators, philanthropists, therapists, guardians ad litem, court appointed special advocates, policymakers, and a multitude of other dedicated individuals whose combined efforts helped achieve forever families for children. For the adoptive parents and their children, it’s a time to celebrate the commitments they have made to each other. But it’s also a time to ask how we can ensure that children who remain in foster care, and for whom returning to their families of origin is not safe or possible, can also join adoptive families someday soon. At the end of 2011, 104,236 children were officially classified as waiting for adoption.1 - 

Childhood maltreatment is associated with altered fear circuitry and increased internalizing symptoms by late adolescence

Maltreatment during childhood is a major risk factor for anxiety and depression, which are major public health problems. However, the underlying brain mechanism linking maltreatment and internalizing disorders remains poorly understood. Maltreatment may alter the activation of fear circuitry, but little is known about its impact on the connectivity of this circuitry in adolescence and whether such brain changes actually lead to internalizing symptoms. We examined the associations between experiences of maltreatment during childhood, resting-state functional brain connectivity (rs-FC) of the amygdala and hippocampus, and internalizing symptoms in 64 adolescents participating in a longitudinal community study

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Child abuse down but neglect is up, report finds; parents biggest threat- Maggle Fox, NBC News

Physical and sexual abuse of children has gone down over the past 20 years, but reports of neglect have gone up, a panel of experts reports on Thursday. And the biggest threats to any child are the parents.

It’s not clear why either trend is happening, the panel at the Institute of Medicine says -- although it’s very welcome news to see sexual and other physical abuse on the decline.

Protecting Children from Abuse and Neglect: Trends and Issues

Protecting children from abuse and neglect is a critical and challenging responsibility of

government in California. Each day, county child welfare agencies investigate reports of child abuse and neglect and make decisions whether children will enter or exit foster care, the latterby reunification, adoption, or guardianship. This report provides an overview of child abuse and neglect in California and the Child Welfare Services (CWS) system that was developed to address it. The report explains the federal, state


Alliance Report: Realizing Permanency and Well-Being Through Authentic Engagement

The Alliance for Children and Families has released  Realizing Permanency and Well-Being through Authentic Engagement, a report funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The report represents the thinking of child welfare experts from across the country who convened last December to talk about Family Finding and other family engagement strategies. What emerged was a consensus that, while the mechanics of programs are important, in order to be fully and successfully implemented they have to be supported by a true family engagement orientation.