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The Dream Children (2014)

The-Dream has nine children by four different women. After dating for six months, Nash married his girlfriend, Nivea in December 2004.[40] Their daughter Navy Talia Nash was born on May 10, 2005,[41] and their twin sons London Nash and Christian Nash on April 19, 2006.[42] The-Dream filed for legal separation on December 10, 2007. Nash said that although he was in love with Nivea, his lack of experience in a family growing up meant he was " not taught how much more than love [it takes] to run a relationship. Like, 'cause love isn't just where it's gonna end. It can't start and stop with love. There has to be a certain amount of knowledge and patience that's acquired in order to keep it going and keep it straight, and I found out the hard way."[43] On June 15, 2008, their divorce was finalized. Nash stated in an interview, "I decided to end it because I didn't want to take this person [Nivea] and treat them a certain way based on what I was changing into, based on being bitter." Nivea confirmed The-Dream wanted the divorce, not she.[42]: "I'm lying, it's not [mutual]. We're supposed to say that, but it's not true. It wasn't no mutual agreement, he wanted to do it, I didn't, but it's done. I'm dealing with it."

The Dream Children (2014)

"The stunningly beautiful sex scene between Steven and Alex in Robert Chuter's "The Dream Children" will create much buzz on the festival circuit for its intimacy past the explicitness. There is no doubt that this couple is deeply in love, they even read to each other the poem by Charles Lamb about being and having 'dream children' and it's not hokey." - EDGE Media Network

Specialized (registered) foster parents: Fosterparents for children whom the government determines need specialized care,including children who have faced traumatic experiences caused by mental and/orphysical abuse; children who have come into conflict with the law; and childrenwho are determined to have physical intellectual or developmental disabilitiesor mental health problems.

But thousands of other Japanese children who are eitherorphaned or are facing serious difficulties with their families remain out ofthe limelight, receiving far less attention and support from the Japanesegovernment. In 2013, 39,047 children were living in alternative care becausethe state determined that their parents were either unable or unwilling to carefor them properly.[1]

A high proportion of children living in institutions havesome form of disability, mostly mild intellectual or emotional disabilities. Accordingto the government, about a quarter of all children living in child care institutionshave a disability.

Some children with disabilities in child care institutionsare sent to specially designated schools reserved only for those with disabilities,and lose their opportunity to study in their community. Some children inalternative care are even more segregated from their peers and community, placedin so-called short-term therapeutic institutions that cater only to childrenwith disabilities, and are restricted from going out, even for school. Internationalhuman rights law and standards provide that children with disabilities have aright to be supported as necessary so that they can live in a community-basedsetting and have an inclusive education.

The large size of many facilities compounds the problem:more than 50 percent of child care institutions have facilities that can house20 or more children, and 30 facilities house over 100 children. Life in aninstitution does not seem conducive to learning important life skills, whetherforging human relationships, developing communication and social skills, orgaining daily coping skills that children in regular families would naturallylearn, such as how to cook a meal or eat in a restaurant.

Lack of privacy, frustration, distress, and trauma from pastfamily abuse can also lead to violence and bullying among children insideinstitutions. And the sense of stigma and shame that segregation ininstitutions can breed can also prompt bullying and violence in schools againstchildren from institutions.

Moreover, almost a quarter of foster child placements do notwork out and the child is sent back to the institution. An inappropriatecertification and matching process also causes problems. Foster parents are notprovided with enough training, support, and monitoring. The child guidance center,which is positioned to deliver these inputs and training, does not have sufficienthuman resources and expertise to deliver. Authorities also fail to raiseawareness about the role of foster parents. As a result, foster parentcandidates who do register are often insufficiently qualified, whichparticularly affects placing children with diverse needs, includingdisabilities.

Poor post-institutionalization outcomes for manychildren who grow up in institutions reflect the failure of such facilities andthe government to adequately prepare them for independent life once they leaveschool or turn 18. Just 73 percent of children living in the alternative caresystem complete high school in Tokyo, and just 15 percent of children inalternative care complete a higher education (a course of study in auniversity, college, or vocational school). National high school completionrates stand at 81.5 percent, and higher education graduation rates are 36.1percent in Japan.[5] Fartoo many children leave their institutions only to end up in low-paying jobs,or jobless, and even homeless.

In 2011, it set a goal to change the distribution ofalternative care in the next 10-plus years to be equally divided three waysamong the main larger institutions, house-based institutional care, and fosterparents. This would still officially allow two-thirds of the children to remaininstitutionalized, whether in larger or house-based institutions.[6] In line with this policy,significant budgetary resources have been dedicated to reform and remodel manylarge-sized institutions into units and house-based institutional care.

The care and support shown to the child survivors of theearthquake and tsunami demonstrate that the Japanese government, along withcivil society, is more than capable of protecting its most vulnerable members.It is time that all children needing alternative care receive similar attentionand support.

Research for this report was conducted in Japan by aconsultant for Human Rights Watch and two Human Rights Watch staff members betweenDecember 2011 and February 2014. Human Rights Watch interviewed 202 people. Theinterviewees included 32 children ages 7 to 17 who are in alternative care, and27 adults who previously had lived in alternative care arrangements. Pseudonymsare used for all children and some adults quoted.

In Tohoku, in addition to the general situation of thealternative care, Human Rights Watch conducted research on children who losttheir parents in the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Kanto and Kansai were chosen sincethey have the largest population of children in alternative care in Japan andtheir systems have significant differences, seen by the continued operation of manylarge alternative child care institutions in Kansai. Human Rights Watch alsoconducted work in Oita because in recent years it had considerably increasedfoster parents placements.

To gain additional perspectives on child care institutions,a Human Rights Watch researcher conducted daytime activities with children andstayed overnight in a child care institution in Chiba. The researcher alsojoined a three-day camping trip for high school children from alternative care.

After World War II, child care institutions were mainlyintended to care for war orphans and street children. Today, however, mostchildren requiring alternative care are not orphans, but children who cannot livewith their families because of parental abuse or neglect.[8]

The number of reported child abuse cases has been consistentlyrising since the late 1990s, when the issue was first recognized as a serioussocial problem.[9] Inaddition, children may live within the alternative care system if there is noparent to take care of them because they are deceased or incarcerated, or iftheir sole remaining parent has a disability so severe they cannot parent.

Children who are victims ofdomestic abuse or neglect account for 53 percent of the children and youth inchild care institutions, 32 percent of those in foster family homes, and 32percent of infants in alternative care institutions, according to a 2008government report. [10] These figures may not include those who were placedin alternative care for a different reason but were also victims of abuse orneglect, or whose experience of abuse or neglect did not come to light untilafter they were already separated from their parent or guardian.

Some institution staff saidthat up to 90 percent of children in care may have been victims of abuse orneglect. [11] According to theMinistry of Health, Labor and Welfare,the types of abuse experienced include neglect (70 percent), physical abuse (39percent), psychological abuse (24 percent), and sexual abuse (4 percent). [12]

The child guidance center isthe government body with principal responsibility for children in need ofalternative care. There are 206 centers around the country, each reporting tothe prefectural or ordinance-designated city government where they are located. [13]

These children are oftenplaced in a facility for temporary custody within a child guidance center,where they are confined and often restricted from going to school or havingcontact with the outside world. [16] Infants are temporarily placed in infant careinstitutions. Under the Child Welfare Act, a child may be held for up to twomonths in such a facility, although the child guidance center may authorizethat this period be extended for an unlimited time.

On an average day in 2011, 1,541 children wereheld in temporary custody around the country, where they remained an average of28 days. In Chiba prefecture, which tops the statistics, children were intemporary custody for 53 days. [17] In some especially lengthy cases, the child was intemporary custody for nearly two years. [18] In 2011, 36 percent of municipalities had temporarycustody facilities that were over capacity. [19] 041b061a72


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