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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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Educators in low-income communities embraced meditation as a way to help students manage stress and anxiety in school. Can it help kids cope with being stuck at home?
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Child mental health experts offered some key takeaways reporters can relay to worried and overwhelmed parents.
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A 5-year-old's long wait for care is emblematic of a much larger problem — too few mental health providers for low-income kids on public coverage.
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Ashley wanted the abuse to stop. But Butch, her adoptive father, was always around.
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I met Ashley for the first time in March 2015 at a Noodles & Company in Indianapolis. Her adoptive father Craig Peterson had arranged the meeting. He initially reached out to me about an article I'd written, then shared bits of Ashley's story.
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Ashley stepped out of Sandy’s red-and-white van. The 10-year-old didn’t say a word, didn’t glance back at Sandy, her adoptive mother. And she refused to meet the hazel eyes of the man waiting in front of her.
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This is Part 2 of a five-part series was produced as a project for the 2017 National Fellowship. Other stories in this series include:
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Ashley would be exploited, abused and, ultimately, abandoned by people who said they cared about her. And her invisible wounds would persist for decades.
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One consistent memory I have from reporting on California’s mental health system for low-income children is repeatedly asking myself, “Why is this so hard?”

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