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News & Views - May, 2001 Issue (page 1).

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(September 2000) Marlou Russell, Ph.D., Private Practice Psychologist, Santa Monica, California, 310-829-1438, announced the availability of her new book “Adoption Wisdom: A book for anyone who wants to know more about the realities of adoption.” Russell is an adoptee in reunion with her birth family. 

(February 2001) The latest annual edition of the 1,000 page compendium from the Census Bureau finds the number of prisoners rose 5% from 1997 to 1998 to 1,300,000 prisoners, the teen-age birth rate declined again going from 62 births per 1,000 women in 1991 to 51 births per 1,000 women in 1998. Also, more that 14 million students in grades six through 12 (52% of all students) participated in community service in 1999, while 72% percent of the students in church-related private schools participated in community service. 

(February 21, 2001) A survey by the National Center of Addiction and Substance Abuse concludes that teen-agers with parents who enforce curfews and monitor their children’s TV and music habits are less likely to use drugs. In releasing the survey, Joseph Califano, President of the organization, said “Mothers and fathers who are parents rather than pals can greatly reduce the risk of their children smoking, drinking and using drugs.”

KIDS PEACE CALLS FOR EMPOWERING PARENTS (February 21, 2001) Jim Feldman, spokesman for Kids Peace: The National Center for Kids Overcoming Crisis, Orefield, Pennsylvania, recently stated “Parents and caretakers have a tremendous amount of power [over children], and we need to empower that group of people with as many resources as we can. It’s a lot easier to point fingers than it is to empower.”

(February 21. 2001) Andrea Grenadier, director of communications at the Character Education Partnership, Washington D.C., in pointing to the favor character education is getting from the White House and Congress, recently said “Character education is the basis of good academic achievement, not something that is an add-on program or a curriculum thing. It must be infused throughout the entire school culture.”

(March 2001) According to the March Issue of YOUTH TODAY, “Faith-Based Funding: Bush Plan Stirs Excitement, Anxiety” (p. 19), an important aspect of President Bush’s plan to expand federal funding for social services such as drug abuse counseling is to “exempt them from training and credential requirements.” In evaluating if a program will receive support, the President is advocating a “results-based” approach, asserting requirements for accreditation “impede effective faith- based agencies from getting government contracts.” Part of the opposition to his proposal comes from people asserting that requiring licensed therapists is an important part of creating the professionalization of social services.

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