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The Foster Care System

by Joyce Libal

If your parents were unable to care for you, where would you go? Do you have family or friends who would take you in and support you? Unfortunately, many children don't have this option. The foster care system was put in place to help young people who find themselves without homes. As you follow the story of Bobby and Cara, two children whose family was torn apart, you'll discover more about the foster care system. You'll learn about the history behind the system, from the Orphan Trains in the United States to the British Home Children who were originally sent to Canada--and you'll discover some of the challenges young people in the foster care system face today.

A House Between Homes: Youth in the Foster Care System (Youth with Special Needs)

by Joyce Libal

From the Book Jacket: What would you do if your parents were no longer able to take care of you? Where would you turn for help if your family was harming or neglecting you? Are there people out there who could be a new family for you? Could your parents learn to take care of you the way you deserve? These are just a few of the many frightening questions faced by youth entering the foster care system. Thankfully, there are people who can answer these questions and many places where youth can turn for help. In A House Between Homes: Youth in the Foster Care System, you will learn about foster care, laws that govern the system today, and the history of foster care in North America. You will read about the orphan trains of the United States and the British Home Children who were sent to Canada. You will also learn about the challenges youth face as they negotiate the circumstances that foster care creates in their lives and about some of the newest and most innovative foster programs. As you read, you will meet Bobby and Kara, a brother and sister who find their family torn apart by abuse and neglect. Their journey through a frightening young childhood, foster care, and an ultimate solution to their displaced lives will teach you a great deal about the foster care system.

Mental Disorders Due to a Medical Condition

by Joyce Libal

Jeff's family and friends described him as "good-looking," "fun-loving," "quick-witted," and "talented." He was kind, friendly, ambitious and always succeeded at every task he undertook. No one was surprised when Jeff was selected to represent his school in an international exchange program. But when Jeff returned to Ridgemont High a year later, everyone was shocked at his change in behavior. Why was Jeff so angry and out of control? Could it have something to do with his health? Many medical conditions have serious psychological components and effects. Sometimes, a medical condition in the body can lead to medical disorders of the mind. These are called mental disorders due to a medical condition. Adolescents are among those who suffer from medical conditions, and they are not immune to the accompanying psychological issues that may be involved. But mental disorders caused by medical conditions bring additional challenges to adolescents. Everyday care, management, regulating medication, and the emotional ramifications of medical conditions can be difficult for anyone. Attempting to balance these challenges while maintaining schoolwork, jobs, and extra-curricular activities can add to the stress for young people. In this book, you will learn about some medical disorders, the psychological complications that can result, and the treatments available to fight them. Along the way, you will explore the advances in drug treatment for psychological disorders, how such drugs work, and the risks and side effects associated with these treatments. Numerous case studies and stories of young people like Jeff who are coping with mental disorders caused by medical conditions illustrate the realities of these illnesses, while a chapter on alternative treatment adds information about additional treatment options.

Military & Elite Forces Officer

by Joyce Libal

Find out what it takes to be a member of the military... The military has several branches: *Army, *Navy, *Air Force, and *Marines. Each branch offers a wide variety of opportunities, including the elite forces. Do you think you might like to dedicate a portion of your life to the service of your country? The major requirement for military service is strength of character; that means you must posses qualities like trustworthiness... Respect... Responsibility... Fairness... And citizenship. If these traits are yours, a career in the military may interest you--and it could lead to successful civilian employment as well. Military & Elite Forces Officer will tell you how.

Professional Athlete & Sports Official

by Joyce Libal

Find out what it takes to be a professional athlete or sports official... The sports world offers many opportunities. Professionals work as: *Athletes, *Coaches, *Umpires and referees, and *Other sports officials. The world of professional sports is exciting--and demanding. You'll need physical coordination, strength, endurance...and a good character. As an athlete, coach, or sports official, you must demonstrate integrity, so that others will trust your leadership... Have the courage to stand up for what is right... Be self-disciplined enough to stick to your career until you succeed... Act on behalf of your community, demonstrating your citizenship. Find out more about this exciting career--read Professional Athlete & Sports Official.

Protective Services

by Joyce Libal

Not every child is lucky enough to live in a safe, loving home. Many young people live in difficult, unhealthy, or even dangerous conditions. Luckily, there are systems in place to help kids caught in theses situations. Child protective services are working hard to help children in need. Ryan Delaney is one of these kids. He spends most of his time living in a fantasy world, because that's easier than facing his real life. He lies to his friends about his parents and his home--but eventually, the truth catches up with him, forcing him to get the help he needs. As you read Ryan's story, you will learn about the history of the child protective services and find out about the programs and services offered today.

Putting Out the Fire: Smoking and the Law

by Joyce Libal

For years researchers have looked for ways to understand why some people seem to become addicted to cigarette smoking with the first puff while others don't. Studies have focused on why certain individuals have an easier time breaking the bonds of smoking and how smoking cessation success rates could be improved.

Somebody Hear Me Crying: Youth in Protective Services (Youth with Special Needs)

by Joyce Libal

Thirteen-year-old Ryan Delaney prefers living in a fantasy world. But why would Ryan spend all his time pretending to have a different life? Does the Delaney apartment hold the secret behind Ryan's fantasies? Ryan's friend Will discovers Ryan's dark secret--but what should Will do next? Unfortunately, many young people in our society today live in difficult, unhealthy, and even dangerous circumstances. Not all children are lucky enough to be born into loving families. Not all families are fortunate enough to have the ability to keep their children healthy and safe. Sometimes, young people need protection from things like abuse, neglect, and criminal activities. Thankfully, there are places where young people can turn for this type of help. In Somebody Hear Me Crying: Youth in Protective Services, you will learn about the history, current features, and future possibilities of child protective services. The book's information will help you understand the difficult topic of child abuse and the services available to protect abused children. As you follow Ryan's story, you will learn about the special challenges youth in protective services face and the important role these services play in maintaining the health of our children and society.

Speech Impairment

by Joyce Libal

When a young person can't speak easily, sometimes other kids think he's not very intelligent. That's often not the case, though. A person with a speech impairment may be just as bright as anyone else. In this book, you'll read about David, who struggles with stuttering, and Martha, who has difficulty articulating certain sounds. You'll discover how they overcome their challenges--and how they rise above the prejudice they each face.

Substance-Related Disorders

by Joyce Libal

Substance-related disorders are among the most prevalent of all mental disorders. They affect people in every part of society, and their consequences can be painful, traumatic, expensive, and even deadly. Furthermore, the negative consequences of substance-related disorders do not only affect the substance user; they touch the lives of the user's friends, family, coworkers, and other relations as well. From caffeine to alcohol, spray paint to cocaine, glue to nicotine, many different chemicals, both legal and illegal, can cause substance-related disorders. With so many substances available for use and misuse, how do you know which substances are addictive? Furthermore, why are they addictive, and what dangers do they pose? This book provides answers to many of these difficult questions. In addition to learning about addictive substances and substance abuse, you will learn about the treatments available for substance-related disorders and how some doctors are using medication to treat drug abuse. Take the first step toward understanding this all-too common category of mental disorders by reading Substance-Related Disorders.

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