Thursday, November 17, 2016

Avoid the defrosting "danger zone"

Turkey defrosting in the fridge
While frozen, a turkey is safe indefinitely. But as soon as it begins to thaw, bacteria that may have been present before freezing will begin to grow again. 

There are three safe ways to defrost a turkey: keep reading to learn how!

Thursday, November 3, 2016

The Food-Safe Path to Thanksgiving and Beyond

Hosting Thanksgiving can be a logistical challenge that starts with planning what to cook and ends with figuring out what to do with all of those leftovers. This year, streamline your Thanksgiving planning to ensure you have a fun and food-safe holiday. 

Check out this blog post from USDA to get day-by-day guidance for Thanksgiving planning, shopping, cooking, and more!

Podcast: Working With the Correctional System and Incarcerated Parents

When professionals work, interact, and exchange information with parents who are incarcerated and who have children involved in the child welfare system, they must also work with the correctional system and detention facilities (prisons). Navigating the protocols and procedures within a State's correctional system can be challenging and confusing, especially to professionals unaware of the restrictions on visitations and correspondence with inmates. This podcast features a conversation between representatives of the Federal Bureau of Prisons and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services familiar with the relationship between the child welfare and correctional systems. Listen to gain insight on how to facilitate communication, develop and execute case plans, and how to plan and prepare children for visiting their incarcerated parent.

New resource: 10 fact sheets from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network

In partnership with Futures without Violence, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network has developed Children and Domestic Violence, 10 fact sheets for parents who may have left, or still be in, an abusive relationship. To download, go to:

Cohabitation usurps marriage as most common experience in young adulthood

Using data from the National Survey of Family Growth (1995 and 2011/13), this profile from the
National Center for Family & Marriage Research presents changes in the experiences of
marrying and cohabiting among young adult women (aged 25-29) between 1995 and 2011/13.

Video: The Science of Neglect

Extensive biological and developmental research shows significant neglect—the ongoing disruption or significant absence of caregiver responsiveness—can cause more lasting harm to a young child’s development than overt physical abuse, including subsequent cognitive delays, impairments in executive functioning, and disruptions of the body’s stress response. This edition of the InBrief series explains why significant deprivation is so harmful in the earliest years of life and why effective interventions are likely to pay significant dividends in better long-term outcomes in learning, health, and parenting of the next generation. This 6-minute video provides an overview of The Science of Neglect: The Persistent Absence of Responsive Care Disrupts the Developing Brain, a Working Paper from the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child. -

Research connects parental behavior to adolescent sleep and cognitive function

 According to a University release, one UNM professor claims arguing parents can disrupt the development of children. College of Education Family Studies Professor Ryan Kelly found that, while Americans spend around $7 billion annually on supplemental education, if parents can’t get along with each other, “then all this conditioning is moot.” According to the release, Kelly’s research looks at many of the issues that affect marriage, such as finances, problem drinking, mental health problems and the physical relationship had between each other, and their children. brief?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+nmdailylobo+ %28New+Mexico+Daily+Lobo+Email+Edition%29