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The Pediatric Forum
April 2007

Closing Facilities for Children: An Unrealistic Position

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2007;161(4):418-419. doi:10.1001/archpedi.161.4.418-b

The Gunther and Diekema1 article on using estrogen therapy to attenuate growth and keep children with disabilities at home is the latest contribution to a growing movement advocating for all children with disabilities to live at home, regardless of their families' abilities to do so. In support of this, the American Academy of Pediatrics has endorsed the goal of Healthy People 2010: to eliminate all children from long-term care facilities by 2010.2

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