Deanna & Alyssa’s story
Child protective services removed three-year-old Deanna and six-month-old Alyssa from their New Jersey home in 1998 after neighbors called to report the poor treatment of animals on the premises.
Deanna’s teeth were decayed. Alyssa was malnourished. Her neck was too weak to support her head, which was flattened because she had been left lying on her back without human contact for long periods of time.
One year after New Jersey’s Division of Youth and Family Services placed the two sisters in a temporary foster home; its only plan for permanent placement was to return them to their birth parents — even though their parental rights had been terminated for their older children because they were unfit to take care of them.
Instead of placing Deanna and Alyssa in a permanent home, DYFS allowed them to live with and form close emotional attachments to a foster family who could not provide the girls with a permanent home. Worse yet, after they had become attached to the first foster family, Dolores and Anna were moved for a second time to another temporary home.
As a result of their early deprivations and DYFS’s failure to provide each of them with appropriate services, both girls were developmentally delayed. At age four, Deanna functioned like a two-and-a-half year old child. At seventeen months, Alyssa was just learning to walk.
Only after Children’s Rights began its reform campaign in New Jersey and named Deanna and Alyssa as plaintiffs in its class action lawsuit against the state were the girls finally placed in a permanent home. They have since been adopted and thriving under the love and care of their family. Both love to dance and to listen to jazz music. They are happy and feel secure in their new lives. 15 May 2008 / Posted by cr
1.How old were Deanna and Alyssa when they were removed from their
New Jersey home in 1998 by child protective services?
2.At age four, did Deanna function like a normal four year old child?
3.How many foster parents did Deanna and Alyssa have?
4.What type of music do Deanna and Alyssa love to listen to?
5.Please describe their feelings in their new lives.
Some advantages and disadvantages on internet on children
The advantages of the Internet are numerous. It can replace having so many books and papers that take up space and things are much easier to find with a computer.
With a computer you can "travel around the world" to see places you will never see in real life. You can chat with relatives and friends without making long distance phone calls. Likewise you save money with e-mail rather using stamps. You can send greeting cards even when you forget right up until that day by e-mail, and no one ever knows you sort of forgot!
Kids can do their homework without your driving them to the library, and play games to keep them stimulated and occupied.
You can submit writing to an editor and get a message back days earlier than snail mail. There are many on-line jobs so many of us can stay home and work!
On the disadvantages the worst I think is that some people always take a great thing and use it for something illegal or to hurt others. It is easy for children without guidance to get into trouble without trying! And I think it sometimes gets in the way of family time. Many web games poison children's mind! However the games are without end, but children are affected in the future.
Computers are great if used properly and in a limited fashion so it does not interfere with anything else that is important.
Questions ：True or false （答案請自行用空白的A4紙作答，註明題號。）
1.According to this paper，the advantages of the internet are more than disadvantages.
2.One of the advantages of the internet is low transportation cost
3.Some computer games poison children’s mind
4.Children without guidance don’t easily get in trouble when they surf the web.
5.All in all, the internet can be very useful if we use it properly.