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genericphoneMandated reporting laws in Pennsylvania might seem complicated, but really, the state wants anyone with a concern about a child's safety to report it.

Larry Richardson, longtime president and CEO of the York YMCA, was arraigned Thursday after being charged for allegedly failing to report a 2014 case of alleged child sexual abuse at the YMCA's Camp Spirit in East Manchester Township, according to charging documents.

Richardson told investigators that he followed the law in not reporting the incident to authorities and that it was a case of "sexual exploration" between two 12-year-old boys, documents state......

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downloadFormer U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert's lawyers declined on Saturday to directly address sexual abuse allegations from federal prosecutors, who asserted that he molested at least four boys decades ago when he served as a high school wrestling coach.

Hastert, 74, faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison when sentenced later this month for his guilty plea in October to a federal charge of illegally structuring large bank withdrawals in small increments to evade currency-reporting rules.

As part of that plea, the former Republican speaker of the House of Representatives admitted paying $1.7 million in cash to someone he had known for decades as hush money and compensation for unspecified wrongdoing toward that individual.

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SACRAMENTO –Assemblymember Das Williams (D - Carpinteria) has introduced AB 2359, the Foster Parent Bill of Rights. This bill is an effort to consolidate and clarify the rights of all caregiver members of a foster, adoptive, or resource family, or kinship guardian. This legislation seeks to enable California’s foster parents to be more proactive, which not only benefits caregivers but also protects the children whom they care for, who are often already vulnerable.

ptsdJolene Philo's first child, Allen, was born with a life-threatening birth defect that required 7 surgeries from birth to age 5. The first occurred when he was 12 hours old, landing him in the NICU for 3 weeks. As literally hundreds of medical tests and procedures were performed on her son, Jolene was told, "Don't worry - babies don't feel any pain" and "he'll never remember these surgeries and hospital visits when he's older."

But in adolescence, Allen seemed to become two different kids. At times, Allen was "the curious, talented, happy son he'd been when he was younger," Philo reported. "But at other times, he became a secretive, self-destructive teenager who sometimes just 'ran away.'" Because Allen remained highly successful in school, teachers, counselors and therapists brushed aside the Philos' concerns.

The pattern of running away continued until Allen was 26, and he asked his parents for help. Within a week of meeting with counselors and therapists at a cutting-edge outpatient clinic in Morgantown, WV, Allen was diagnosed with PTSD. Although he had not realized what was causing his self-destructive behavior, he told his mother, "For the first time in my life, I'm not looking over my shoulder, waiting for them to take me back to surgery."

 

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11716210Jay and Angie Jacobs know firsthand the challenges that come with foster parenting. The interrupted routine, lack of sleep and reduction in quiet times.

"But those pale in comparison when you can see a light bulb go off in a child's eyes when they learn something new, or you can see the love that they have for us and for our girls, it makes it worth it," says Angie. "We've been blessed beyond measure with the children we've had."

The Jacobs family first welcomed two foster children into their home seven years ago. Since then, they've taken care of 15 foster children -- some stays lasted only a night, while others were more than two years.

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FRIDAY, Feb. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Child abuse costs nations worldwide billions of dollars a year, experts report.

In high-income nations, the median cost of child abuse equals a loss of 1.2 percent of per capita income, or $150 billion a year in the United States. The estimated cost in China -- a middle-income country -- is $50 billion a year, the experts added. 

In East Asia and the Pacific, the cost of emotional child abuse alone is more than $48 billion a year, the researchers said.

The findings, from an international panel of experts, were to be presented Feb. 12 at a meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, D.C.

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When The Blue Ribbon Project was founded, one of the key principles in mind was the recognition of volunteers and their support of the community. The fight against child abuse and the support of children in our community is what we stand for. This "community effort" is a vital part of our mission and our foundation. 

 

One of the best tools in fighting child abuse is having the ability to recognize it when it's occurring. When abuse is discovered, it is often learned the abuse had been occurring for some time, however, the signs were over-looked.  In our Speak Up...Speak Out program, the signs of abuse and neglect are discussed and case studies are provided. Please note this presentation shows the true realities of child abuse and there are graphic images that are included with the presentation. In this program, we will discuss the signs of several types of abuse and what to be on the lookout for, what to do when you suspect abuse, disclosures, supporting the child, as well as mandated reporting in Maryland. We will also speak about foster care and the long term effects of child abuse and neglect.

suso imageIt should be noted the second half of this program discusses investigations and pattern of injury and is graphic in nature. Our task is not to offend you but to show the realities of abuse within our own communities. Taylor will also discuss his own childhood and how he was placed into care. This presentation is an excellent program and is a real eye opener intended for adults only. This program is used in the training and teaching of law enforcement officers, fire fighters, Court Appointed Special Advocates, Foster Parents, Teachers, among others. We also cover Mandated Reporting in the State of Maryland. A certificate will be awarded at the end of the program. Seating is limited in each of our classes and registration is required. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided This is a free program with no cost to you (but donations are always welcome).

This program is offered publicly at our facility in Crownsville as well as private training through various agencies and organizations. Please Contact Us to make arrangements or to learn more about his program. To see our upcoming training opportunities and to register, please visit our Upcoming Events Page.

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Members & Volunteers

Upcoming Events

March 12th, 7:00 pm: RED Day 2020 With Keller Williams Flagship of Maryland-RED Day 2020 | Caps vs Red Wings‎ Fundraiser: More Info...


April 11th, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm: Speak Up...Speak Out Child Abuse Awareness Training: Join us for this free Child Abuse Awareness Training Program for Professionals More Info...


 April 26th, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm:  Fourth Annual Blue Ribbon Project Open House and Family Fun Day: Join us for our annual Open House and Family Fun Day! More Info...