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September 21, 2018 | NCCD
California recently passed legislation to eliminate the use of cash bail, which is a positive and necessary step toward a better justice system. The numerous problems created by cash bail and the unfair burden the cash bail system places on poor defendants—disproportionately people of color—are well…
September 20, 2018 | Ryan Berg
Aric Prather, a research psychologist in the department of psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco, said in an NPR interview that when people experience early-life toxic stress “it actually changes something about them biologically.” Toxic stress may influence how genes get switche…
September 18, 2018 | Ryan Berg
After a series of unsuccessful foster home placements with varying degrees of abuse, Caridad was placed with an older, single woman. Right away Caridad noticed something markedly different about this foster parent. She listened in a way no one had before, and she was understanding of the trauma Cari…
September 13, 2018 | Ryan Berg
Caridad grew up on a street in the Bronx, New York, pocked with abandoned storefronts. Her family’s two-bedroom apartment housed Caridad, her birth parents, and her five siblings. Caridad doesn’t remember a time when violence wasn’t a part of her life. She was severely abused, both physically and em…
September 11, 2018 | Ryan Berg
According to the ALS Association, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that impedes the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become…
September 7, 2018 | NCCD
As a longtime youth worker, Ryan Berg knows about health disparities among marginalized youth. As an award-winning author, Berg also knows how to tell a story. During the month of September, NCCD is honored to share “Caridad’s Journey,” Berg’s essay about reconnecting with an individual he worked wi…
September 7, 2018 | Ryan Berg
The dissolution of Caridad’s life began just as things were beginning to come together. After struggling in foster care and to find stability in New York City, she moved to Florida, then Louisiana, before settling in Seattle. With her 3-year-old daughter in tow, Caridad pursued a college degree, reb…
August 30, 2018 | Debra Illingworth Greene
Eduardo, Dario, Jevona, and Grace
NCCD tried something new this year: We invited young people to review the youth media category for our annual Media for a Just Society Awards. The reviewers expressed both surprise and awareness as they discussed the media pieces vying for the award in that category. And despite their varying knowle…
August 23, 2018 | Yuhe Gu
Child welfare is a commonly discussed topic with few people understanding it. I became a summer research intern at NCCD to strengthen my research skills as well as my interest in working with child-related issues, especially education. Before I started my internship at NCCD, my understandings of…
August 15, 2018 | Rachel Polivka
Being a research intern for NCCD has been a great experience thus far, giving me a new perspective of the systems that serve people in our society. Most projects I have worked on have dealt with the child welfare system and the programs and curricula that are in place to reform it. The Structured De…