US President Donald Trump's "zero tolerance" immigration policy has led to thousands of migrant children being separated from their parents at the US-Mexico border, stoking global outrage. Images of youths behind metal fences and reports of children crying for their parents have raised concern about the psychological ramifications of the practice. Separating children from their parents can cause lasting trauma, anxiety and depression, and even health problems later in life, said Judith Cohen, a professor of psychiatry at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia and an internationally recognized expert on childhood trauma. The following are highlights of an interview with Cohen about the current crisis: - What damage can these separations cause, and who is most at risk? - "First, it is important to put in context that a lot of these children have already experienced traumas. They are fleeing traumatic, life-threatening situations in their home countries -- gang violence, … [Read more...] about US border crisis: how does separating children from parents affect them?
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Children and young people whose parents have problems want quicker action when things go wrong at home, according to the Netherlands Ombudsman for Children Margrite Kalverboer. The children also want aid providers to include them when it is decided what aid is needed, she said, ANP reports. Almost a quarter of children and young people in the Netherlands have a parent with a mental or physical illness, addiction or disability. Often these children have to take on tasks and responsibilities that they are not yet mature enough to handle. "These children already deal with adult concerns at a young age", according to Kalverboer. "Never take friends home because you are afraid your mother or father will do something crazy. Or can't get to your homework because you have to care for your sick parent." Currently aid and care often only focuses on the parent, but that has to change. From conversations with children growing up in difficult situations, Kalverboer got "very good and … [Read more...] about Dutch kids want quicker aid when parents have problems: Children’s Ombudsman
A MUM has shared a heart-breaking story behind why a blue stain on her carpet is an unlikely reminder of what's really important in life. Heather Duckworth shared an emotional message on her blog Love, Faith & Chaos, which has since gone viral. Describing herself online as a wife and mum of five kids “four on earth and one in heaven”, her post The Blue Stain has resonated with other parents. She describes how seeing an ink stain on her carpet was a constant reminder of the son she lost to cancer, Jacob, one of triplets. She begins by recalling how she was clearing up “slime” left by one of her other children, and she was beginning to feel irritated. She wrote: “All of a sudden I remembered another time in my life when I was cleaning up a big mess many years ago and the memories came flooding back. “I was completely exhausted and was a hot mess by this time of night. “Life was non-stop with our 2-year old triplets and their 4-year old … [Read more...] about Mum shares heart-breaking story behind a blue ink stain as a reminder to parents of what’s really important in life
A mother from Hersham is appealing for your help after she launched an online petition calling for the government to do more to protect children from abduction. Olivia Duke has made it her mission to reform two of the country's most significant laws - the Children's Act and Children Abduction Act, both of which she argues are outdated and no longer work. The 35-year-old told Get Surrey the Children's Act is "useless" and a "leaking bucket" when it comes to preventing people, including family members from unlawfully taking a child who is protected by court orders overseas. Her petition also demands the criminalisation of retention - the taking of a child abroad and failing to return, an action which not branded as a crime under the Children Abduction Act. The Home Office failed to respond to Get Surrey's request for comment. Read More Campaigning in Surrey Alarming figures Figures released by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) under a Freedom of Information Act (FOI) stated … [Read more...] about Hersham mother demands legal reform to prevent child abduction
A cousin of the beast who butchered his girlfriend and flushed her down a toilet has told of her shock at his change from loving child into a psycho. As a youngster Dean Lowe was a fun-lover who played the clown. But he became so warped he told a policeman he made a necklace out of his victim’s teeth. In May last year he messaged his cousin Rebecca Tilford, 30, to tell her he had found a body in his flat and described how he disposed of it. Lowe, 33, later went on to make up a story that his girlfriend Kirby Noden had emigrated to South Africa. But it simply unravelled and he was jailed for life on Thursday. Speaking after his murder conviction Rebecca told how he had been a warm, protective cousin as a child then became a troubled teenager. He stabbed a man with a screwdriver and bit someone’s nose off in a row. She said Lowe’s behaviour had become increasingly erratic in the run-up to his gruesome crime – while tragic Kirby remained … [Read more...] about Cousin of killer who flushed lover down the toilet remembers him as caring child