National Institutes of Health Funds Used for Program Pairing “LGBT Adults With Teens for Online ‘Mentoring’ Without Parental Consent”
“University of Nebraska-Lincoln Professor Katie Edwards created the pilot program with the help of $203,050” from NIH.
Can you imagine being a parent and finding this out after the fact? It’s an outrage.
The College Fix reports:
Professor matches LGBT adults with teens for online ‘mentoring’ without parent consent
Teenagers who struggle with gender confusion or homosexual inclinations can get an adult mentor online — without their parents knowing.
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Professor Katie Edwards created the pilot program with the help of $203,050 from the National Institutes of Health.
She is a professor of educational psychology and works at the Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families, and Schools, a university initiative.
This program differs from others that are in-person and require the permission of a parent or guardian, according to the grant summary.
A flaw in other programs for other LGBT teens is they “often require guardian permission; generally occur in person via community organizations which precludes TGMY in high stigma, rural areas of the United States from accessing such programs.” This pilot instead will “complete feasibility and pilot testing of a synchronous, group-delivered eHealth mentoring and skill-building program.”
The program will recruit 140 LGBT youth from social media sites and LGBT organizations. Half will then be paired with a mentor, while the other 70 will be put on a waitlist as the control group.
The College Fix contacted Edwards twice via email in the past several weeks to ask about the vetting and recruitment process for mentors but she has yet to respond.
Edwards also studied “intimate partner violence” and its link to a campus’s “Pride Index.”
An ethicist at the Ethics and Public Policy Center raised concerns about the program, particularly because it does not require parental permission.
“Deliberately pairing adult strangers with children without parental knowledge, let alone consent, is a bad idea especially because these adult mentors are to be recruited online and are apparently not required to have any special training or skills other than a transgender identity,” Nathanael Blake told The Fix.
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