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Friday Update 10-7-16

Greetings faithful readers. Let's kick things back into gear (after taking a relaxing respite for much of September) with a shoutout to the Wagakki Band playing their hit - Kishikaisei. This video provides a heartfelt reminder of our sojourn to many different parts of Asia this past month. Get your Japanese groove on and then get to readin' Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!

Most important reads for this week 

Frequently Asked Questions From LGBTQ Prospective Foster and Adoptive Parents
The landscape of parenting options for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) individuals and couples has grown considerably in recent years, with an increasing number of LGBTQ parents choosing to build their families through fostering or adoption. Although many agencies are welcoming to the LGBTQ community, LGBTQ foster and adoptive parents continue to face challenges related to adoption. This factsheet is designed to answer some of the initial questions LGBTQ prospective foster or adoptive parents may have in hopes of helping to better inform them during this first stage of the journey. 


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Heather Kresge shares memories of being 13, depressed and considering suicide. This post is part of the series of essays from Lee Gutkind's most recent workshop on "Writing Away the Stigma."
 
Transgender Teen Shares Powerful Message
Corey Maison said she always knew in her heart that she was a female. The 14-year-old transgender teen describes herself as unique, outgoing, funny and has dreams of one day becoming a supermodel. But for now, Corey's main focus is sharing her story of how she's overcome bullying, in the hopes of supporting others who face the same obstacle. "We're not a threat," Corey wrote to ABC News. "We are just like any other kids. We only want people to accept and love us for who we are."


Keep those proposals coming in for the 30th Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health, March 5 - 8, 2017, in beautiful Tampa Florida! 
 
  • Call For Proposals Now Open! 
    Okay, the time for pencil sharpening is over. It’s time to start writing a winning proposal. The 30th Annual Conference is one you will not want to miss!The deadline to submit is October 28th! Be sure to bookmark http://cmhconference.com to keep informed of conference developments.
Caitlin Baird Wins Gary Blau Professional of the Year Award
Youth M.O.V.E. Oregon Continues to Lead the Nation in Youth Advocacy
CMHNetwork gives two thumbs up to Caitlin Baird, Youth M.O.V.E. Oregon for winning the Gary Blau Professional of the Year Award. 

Read the tribute from Martin Rafferty, Youth M.O.V.E. Oregon Founder and CEO, here.

Mom's Mental Health Matters
The 
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has launched Mom's Mental Health Matters, a new initiative to raise awareness among pregnant and postpartum mothers, their families, and health care providers about depression and anxiety during pregnancy and after the baby is born.

Connecticut Now Offers Routine Screening For Trauma Exposure
The majority of children involved in child welfare have been exposed to trauma. In Connecticut, these children are now routinely screened for trauma exposure and connected to evidence-based interventions. 
CHDI's latest Issue Brief highlights how Connecticut transformed its child welfare system over the past five years to be more trauma-informed through the Connecticut Collaborative on Effective Practices for Trauma (CONCEPT) initiative.


Relationships Matter: Highlighting Best Practices in Early Child Care
About half of American infants and toddlers receive regular care outside the home, creating a pressing need to promote stable, nurturing relationships between children and caregivers. A newly published research brief aims to help policymakers and practitioners understand effective relationship-based practices that could improve care in Early Head Start and other centers serving infants and toddlers.

20 Questions to the Presidential Candidates from Scientists
Every election cycle, science gets the short end of the stick. So a collective of scientists—56 scientific organizations representing 10 million scientists and engineers and spearheaded by the American Association for the Advancement of Science—tries to engage them in a debate by compiling a list of science-based questions,
 soliciting answers, and publishing them. 


Mind-Body Therapies For Children and Youth
A growing body of evidence supports the effectiveness and safety of mind-body therapies in pediatrics. This clinical report outlines popular mind-body therapies for children and youth and examines the best-available evidence for a variety of mind-body therapies and practices, including biofeedback, clinical hypnosis, guided imagery, meditation, and yoga.

Preventing Obesity and Eating Disorders in Adolescents
Obesity and eating disorders (EDs) are both prevalent in adolescents. Most adolescents who develop an Eating Disorder did not have obesity previously, but some teenagers, in an attempt to lose weight, may develop an Eating Disorder.


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scottScott Bryant-Comstock
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