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Number of California Foster Youth Aging Out Cut Nearly in Half, for Now

The number of foster youth in California who age out at 18...

Calif. Legislation Would Bolster Child Welfare, Education Info Sharing

In the wake of a federal law giving child welfare agencies direct...

Sibling Visitation Law Introduced

A state bill backed by a youth-led advocacy group to strengthen requirements...

Q&A: “The Fosters” Creator Peter Paige

“The Fosters,” a television drama about a same-sex couple raising...

Los Angeles Social Workers Plan Walkout

Los Angeles County social workers, frustrated over pay and increasing...

Bills in Both Houses to Overhaul Adoption Incentives Program

Both houses of Congress are moving on legislation that would...

Vision Therapy to Address Learning Disabilities? One L.A. School Official Says ‘Scam’

by David Kolin In what one school official called a “scam,”...

For Juvenile Justice, Let the Past Inform the Future

By Robin Jenkins, April 14, 2014

It has become more apparent to me that the future of juvenile justice reform may...

For Teens in Child Welfare System, “Day in Court” Often Disappoints

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Changing Course: Improving Outcomes for African American Males Involved with Child Welfare Systems

The experiences of African American males in the child welfare system are similar to those of African American males within the broader society. They are more likely to attend underperforming schools, are at increased risk of entry into the juvenile justice system and are less likely to live in communities with opportunities and institutional investments that promote child and adolescent well-being (and thus successful preparation for adulthood). What distinguishes this group of African American males is that the child welfare system is designed to provide for their safety, permanence and...

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A Fox News columnist (and psychiatrist) rails against transfer of the 16-year-old Pennsylvania stabber to adult court.

A quarter-century after a federal class-action lawsuit, Alabama's child welfare system is among the national models, a new and improved system built on a cultural shift and a focus on the parent's protective capacity. The Florida Department of Children & Families -- criticized sharply in the aftermath of several high-profile child deaths last year -- now faces similar challenges.

When Gov. Jerry Brown announced a new boost in school funding — reversing years of cuts — he tied some strings around the money: districts would be paid more for needy kids and they'd have to come up with plans on how the money would help English-learners and students from low income families or in foster care.

Senator Rob Portman, Ohio, is working on new legislation aimed at better protecting missing children so that they do not get involved in trafficking. If passed, the bill would require law enforcement to update missing children records, coordinate with child welfare systems, and allow state missing persons units to update information to a missing child entry in the National Crime Information Center.