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THE BACKLASH OF INCLUSION: The collision of constitutional rights creates an irreconcilable conflict

This article is part of 13 in the column Kid's Capital Watch

Six years ago, Brady Howe and his husband became parents. They adopted their son privately through the Open Adoptions & Family Services agency. Soon, they added the boy’s two older sisters to the family through the foster care system. Their family is an extended one, with birth mother, foster mothers, and grandmothers all actively involved in the kids’ lives.

A non-profit agency Open Adoptions also contracts Read more

Parental Smoking Linked to Childhood Cancer

This article is part 12 of 13 in the column Kid's Capital Watch

Parents’ smoking habits could contribute to the most common form of childhood cancer, according to a new study.

A new study by researchers in California suggests exposure to parents’ tobacco smoke, especially during pregnancy and early childhood, may be linked to gene changes commonly found in acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL).

Acute lymphoblastic leukemia is a blood cancer that occurs Read more

SCOTUS Decision Gives Leverage to Families of Students With Special Needs

This article is part 11 of 13 in the column Kid's Capital Watch

Families of students with special needs won an important legal battle when the Supreme Court sided with the parents of an autistic boy who argued that their school district had failed to provide their son a “free and appropriate education.”

The family sued the Douglas County School District for private school tuition after their son, known as “Drew,” made better progress in a private school than he had in a district public school. His parents said Drew hadn’t been learning adequately because the public school’s individualized education program (IEP) was not ambitious enough. Read more

Study Shows Childhood Emotional Abuse Linked to PTSD and Opioid Abuse in Adults

This article is part 10 of 13 in the column Kid's Capital Watch

Children who experience emotional abuse are more likely to struggle with post-traumatic stress and opioid misuse as adults, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Vermont.

Though previous studies have shown there is a relationship between abuse of all kinds and substance misuse, this is the first to specifically connect emotional abuse and opioid use, the researchers said. Read more

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