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Handcuffed and Pepper Sprayed: A 9-year-old’s Encounter with Police Cries Out for Appropriate Mental Health Response

The fact that accessible and adequate mental and emotional support are not easily available for all children and families is a systemic failure. The realization that in a moment of severe crisis the guardians’ only option was to call the police is a systemic failure. And, if we can be brutally honest – we do not believe that the officers in question started their day with the intent of using pepper spray on a child.
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Child Care Staffing a Major Challenge in South Carolina as Providers Do More with Less

"Staff childcare workers want some type of Health Benefits to be issued and affordable for ALL childcare workers also like State health plan, Teachers Benefits. Childcare workers are needed just as much and often as other workers. People can't go to work without childcare needs. So, WE must open and be here daily no matter what pandemic is going on. WE ARE FRONT LINE WORKERS ALSO!!”
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Postpartum Depression Can Occur Longer Than We Thought – and COVID-19 Makes it Harder

COVID-19 blog series Postpartum mental health is a crucial piece of the family mental health landscape. Parental stress and depression can impede parent-child interactions, impacting children’s social-emotional and language development. Untreated maternal depression can increase the risk of child maltreatment…

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