WXXI News Presents "Fragile Lives", a Series That Examines The Health Outcomes of Children in Foster care

Release Date: 
Wed, 03/30/2016

WXXI News Presents "Fragile Lives", a Seriese That Examines The Health Outcomes of Children in Foster Care
- Series Runs April 4-27 on AM 1370/WRUR-FM 88.5 and WXXINews.org -

(Rochester, NY) March 30, 2016 – In Monroe County there are approximately 1,100 children in foster care. Many enter the system as a result of abuse and/or neglect. In honor of Child Abuse Awareness month, WXXI News – in participation with Side Effects Public Media – presents a series about the health outcomes of children in foster care. Fragile Lives airs Mondays and Wednesdays during Morning Edition (6-9am) and All Things Considered (4-6pm) on AM 1370, WRUR-FM 88.5, and online at WXXInews.org April 4 through April 27.

In Fragile Lives lead reporter Michelle Faust looks at why foster kids are at a higher risk than the average child for trauma. She’ll review medical, educational, research, and administrative efforts designed to improve the lives of foster kids in the long-term, and she’ll present interviews with people in the field who are working to better these children’s lives.

The series will also look at trauma-informed care, which the National Center for Trauma Informed Care (NCTIC) defines as “an approach to engaging people with histories of trauma that recognizes the presence of trauma symptoms and acknowledges the role that trauma has played in their lives.”  

Fragile Lives updates will be posted on WXXI News’ Facebook and Twitter accounts, and the series will be archived online at WXXInews.org.


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