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Tomorrow are the South Carolina primaries, and former VP Joe Biden leads in the poll, followed by winner of the first three contests, Sen. Bernie Sanders and businessman Tom Steyer. Some Republican South Carolinians may vote for Sanders because they want closed primaries.

Public News Service - ID: Family/Father Issues

Childhood trauma is a factor in 44% of depression cases, according to the CDC. (Kittiphan/Adobe Stock)

BOISE, Idaho -- Childhood trauma has long-lasting effects on a person's well-being. According to recent data, it impacts thousands of Idahoans with serious health conditions and even death. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says at least five of the top 10 causes of death are associat

Six schools in the Boise School District are providing services to make sure students are fed and have the proper clothing in the classroom. (Dan Hollar/Boise School District)

BOISE, Idaho – Children are back in the classroom, but the students who are worried about food, clothing or housing have an extra test to learning. That's where Boise's Community Schools Program is stepping in, going beyond the bounds of the classroom to provide health and social services to

Medicaid expansion can improve families' financial stability, one possible reason child neglect rates have decreased in expansion states. (gpointstudio/Adobe Stock)

BOISE, Idaho – As Idaho prepares to implement Medicaid expansion, research shows the health coverage should have added benefits for kids. A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that rates of child neglect decreased for states that have decided to expand Medicaid. The

Rallies are planned in more than 170 cities across the country to protest detention centers for children and family separations at the U.S.-Mexico border. (John MacDonald/Flickr)

COUER D’ALENE, Idaho — Protests against detention-center conditions for children at the U.S.-Mexico border are taking place across the country today. Pushback against the holding facilities has been growing since lawyers and doctors began making public what they saw at the camps, includi

The mayors of Pocatello, Blackfoot and Chubbuck, and the president of Idaho State University raise awareness for child abuse prevention. (Shannon Fox/Idaho Children's Trust Fund)

BOISE, Idaho – April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and advocates for child well-being are letting people know that everyone has a role to play when it comes to stopping abuse. Advocates have launched a "Thumbs Up 4 Prevention" campaign to promote healthy child development. Peopl

Blue pinwheels are the symbol for child-abuse prevention. (Airman Shawna Keyes/Wikimedia Commons)

BOISE, Idaho - How can children's advocates help Idaho families survive and thrive? The Strengthening Families Training Institute holds its 20th conference in Boise today, bringing together practitioners, educators and parents to learn about best practices for preventing child abuse and neglect. T

Blocks are a fun toy that can encourage children's creative-thinking skills. (Design_Miss_C/Pixabay)

BOISE, Idaho — With the winter break from school approaching, parents and kids will have more family time together. But these chilly days also mean families have to find more activities to do if they don't want their kids in front of a screen all break. Hailey Michalk is program director of

Idaho had the sixth highest rate of suicide in the nation, according to a recent CDC report. (embracethewanderlust/Twenty20)

BOISE, Idaho — In a disturbing trend, increasing rates of suicide and drug overdose are contributing to a drop in U.S. life expectancy for the second time in three years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. How can Idaho protect children most vulnerable to these trends

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