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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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The Next Black Child

In the midst of a global pandemic, rising unemployment and economic instability, it is ongoing racial injustice that has propelled the civil unrest we have all witnessed over the past few weeks. “The painful and frustrating reality is that all the children are not well. In too many instances, Black children are not well.” The next Black child to die due to the color of their skin could easily be one of the children whom we at ICS are committed to serving and advocating on behalf of today.
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COVID-19 blog: Navigating “Stay-at-Home” Families During the Coronavirus Experience

…go to sleep and wake up at consistent times, set timeframes for meals, and create chunks of time for major activities such as work-related, school-related, physical exercise, connecting with others through technology, and family entertainment and playing...Dress for the social life you desire, not necessarily the more limited social life you have during this period of time. Put on some bright colors—how we dress can impact our mood and feelings about the day.
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