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Adverse Childhood Experiences

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After struggling to get treatment for her mentally ill son, a mother’s act of desperation: Giving up custody.
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This story was produced as a project for the 2019 California Fellowship, a program of USC Annenberg's Center for Health Journalism.
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As women and mothers, we are astonished at the reported conditions. But as pediatricians, we are deeply concerned about the long-term health impacts of these kids are likely to face.
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Correspondent Michael Hill reported this story with the support of the Dennis A. Hunt Fund for Health Journalism, a program of the University of Southern California Center for Health Journalism.
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Correspondent Michael Hill reported this story with the support of the Dennis A. Hunt Fund for Health Journalism, a program of the University of Southern California Center for Health Journalism.
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What began as a murder of a black man in a Midwestern town in 1959 spiraled into a pattern of racial violence and trauma visited on one family over successive generations.
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District officials in Washington, D.C. are working on creating trauma-informed schools. But how effective has the effort been at reducing excessive absences and failing grades?
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Exposure to domestic abuse can change how children view relationships, with effects that last a lifetime.
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Today’s San Francisco is both a microcosm of the challenge facing African-American public school students and a beacon for potential change.
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A shortage of Native foster families has led to pain, lawsuits, and echoes of a painful history.

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