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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Children's Rights "Fostering the Future" Campaign Site (Children's Rights)

Ira Lustbader, associate director of Children's Rights, talks about Children's Rights' new campaign called "Fostering the Future," which will highlight the personal experiences of kids who have spent time in the foster care system. Michael Place, a former foster youth and founder of Mind the Gap, a liaison between mental health practitioners and foster children, gives his suggestions for how to improve the system.

Guests:

Ira Lustbader and Michael Place

Comments [8]

Caitlin from New Jersey

Presenting that pyschotropic meds are overprescribed to foster children is an oversimplification. Unfortuntely mental illness does exist at a higher rate for kids in care, since their parents' illness has often contributed to thier loss of a natural family support system.
Sowing seeds of fear of these medications doe little to help kids, and more to stigmatize mental illness and help-seeking behavior.
Because of psychotropic medications, many traumatized children with psychiatric disrders can have a more normal childhood, rather than being institutionalized.

May. 22 2014 06:11 PM
Lauren from The Bronx

Drugs for children with history of substance abuse to cure the memory of trauma that was probably drug related-- it doesn't make sense to me. I work at a therapeutic foster care agency. I wanted to help, but now I'm feeling like part of the problem.

May. 22 2014 11:57 AM
fuva from harlemworld

Likely, what these kids have 'inherited' is intergenerational trauma. For which a pill will not do.

May. 22 2014 11:39 AM
fuva from harlemworld

E.g., http://www.nbcnews.com/id/7736157/ns/health-aids/t/government-tested-aids-drugs-foster-kids/#.U34ZBS_SDcA

May. 22 2014 11:31 AM
Amy from Manhattan

Is anyone looking at whether there's pressure on psychiatrists who deal w/the foster care system to prescribe drugs more? If so, does any of the pressure come from the drug co's.?

May. 22 2014 11:30 AM
Steve from Manhattan

Instead of demonizing psychotropic medications, the overwhelming majority of which are prescribed by primary care physicians and pediatricians who have very limited training in their use, why not work to increase the paltry number of child psychiatrists in this country.
But, of course, it is so much easier to appeal to the mass hysteria about the evils of psychotropic medications.

May. 22 2014 11:28 AM
fuva from harlemworld

Unfortunately, these kids are also vulnerable to medical experimentation.

E.g., http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Foster_child_drug_trials

May. 22 2014 11:25 AM
fuva from harlemworld

Unfortunately, these kids are also vulnerable to medical experimentation.

E.g., http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Foster_child_drug_trials

May. 22 2014 11:24 AM

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