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What Leads Adopted Kids to Seek Out Their Birth Parents?

Posted on · According to the State Department of Family and Protective Services, more than 1,300 children in Harris County were waiting to be adopted last year. Many such children will likely come to a point in their lives when they consider searching for their birth parents. Some adoptees simply want to learn more about their medical history; others are simply […]

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Would Year-Round School Ever Work Here in Houston?

Posted on · School is still a few weeks away for most Texas students, but classes have already begun for some in the state. That includes in El Paso, where students within Socorro ISD started attending class on Monday. They’re in what’s commonly referred to as “year-round” education. Instead of a long summer break – students get shorter breaks during […]

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Kids Count Report and Women’s Health: Houston Matters for Monday, July 28, 2014

Posted on · The latest Kids Count report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation was released last week. It’s the 25th edition of the report, and it once again shows Texas ranks low among the U.S. states in overall child well-being. That ranking is based on a variety of factors, including education (more than half of Texas children […]

Good, Bad and Ugly

League City’s Immigrant Ordinance and Life Like a Country Song: The Good The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · From the new resolution banning undocumented children from entering League City, to concern over pollution in and around Galena Park, to Texas being named the second-most state where “life is most like a country song” — it’s The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of this week’s Houston news. This week’s rotating panel of non-experts is […]

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Treating and Managing ADHD in Houston

Posted on · Many Houston kids deal on a daily basis with the effects of ADHD, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. And the majority of them will continue to have symptoms as adults. We discuss what doctors and educators in Houston are doing to treat and manage ADHD in their patients and students, respectively. Then we discuss the […]

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Around 1,500 Kids in Houston Still Waiting to Be Adopted

Posted on · According to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, more than five thousand Texas children in their care were adopted last year. That’s a 6.5 percent increase in adoptions from the previous year. Still, in Greater Houston, more than 1,500 kids are waiting to be adopted. We examine the issues, challenges, and resources available to […]

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What Do the Latest Children At Risk School Rankings Tell Us?

Posted on · Since 2006, the school ranking system developed by Children at Risk has highlighted the successes and need for improvement of public schools. Each year they rank all eligible public elementary, middle, and high schools in the state of Texas. The idea behind the school rankings is to be an accessible guide for parents, educators, and […]

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How Can I Get My Kid to Eat Healthier?

Posted on · We discuss efforts to develop healthier eating habits among Houston’s children, as we talk with Gracie Cavnar, Founder and CEO of the Houston-based Recipe for Success Foundation.We learn about the foundation’s nutrition education efforts, and discuss ways to make our youngest Houstonians smarter food consumers. And we welcome your questions about how obesity impacts a child’s […]

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Answering Your Children’s Health Questions

Posted on · If you’ve got kids, you probably have questions about their health that you haven’t had time to ask your doctor. Well, here’s your chance to get some answers — without the copay. We welcome your children’s health questions for pediatrician Dr. Mfon Ekong. She’s an assistant professor of pediatrics at The University of Texas Health […]


TCH Protecting Children for Thirty Years

Posted on · Every 10-seconds a child is reported as abused or neglected in the United States, and every day four children die as a result of abuse. A program at Texas Children's Hospital celebrates 30-years of evaluating kids who may have been abused or neglected. The program is a vital link in the detection and prevention of child abuse. Pat Hernandez has the story.