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Posts by: Victor Valle


A Style Guide to Covering Child Sexual Exploitation

Over the past few years the sexual exploitation of children has become a popular theme in mainstream news. Along with deserved attention, the children who endure this exploitation and the service providers who try to help them have seen an unsettling misappropriation of blame in the language used to describe victims, as...



Youth MOVE Executive Director Wins National Award

[caption id="attachment_7763" align="alignleft" width="300"] Lacy Kendrick Burk poses in front of the logo for Youth MOVE, the organization where she serves as executive director. Photo courtesy of Lacy Kendrick Burk.[/caption] Lacy Kendrick Burk has used her experience in foster care as the executive director at Youth MOVE National, an organization that works...



Former Foster Youth Take Politics Into Their Own Hands: Sokhom Mao

This story is the second part of a series about former foster youth who are now working to change policy. The first part can be seen here. Sokhom Mao shows me the 11th floor of Oakland City Hall, where he chairs meetings for the Citizen’s Police Review Board, an entity that...



Stone Foundation Announces Mid-year Grants

Stone Foundation Oak Park, Illinois. Ph: 1(800) 288-4859 Grants announced: Spring 2014 Alternatives in Action Urban: Alameda $50,000 – Education Alternatives in Action's Community Schools Initiative will implement extended day programming and their cascading leadership model at four Oakland school sites. This will promote safety and college, career, and community readiness for 1,200 underserved and economically disadvantaged middle and...



Former Foster Youth Take Politics Into Their Own Hands: Estakio Beltran

This story is the first part of a series about former foster youth who are now working to change policy. The second part can be seen here.  Estakio Beltran grew up in foster care, moving between more than a dozen placements, four different high schools, and many different towns in Washington...



James Irvine Foundation Announces New Grants

James Irvine Foundation San Francisco, California (415) 777- 2244 Youth-related grants announced: 2014 Los Angeles Small Schools Center Urban: Los Angeles $1.3 million - Youth, Linked Learning Practice To strengthen and expand a model regional Linked Learning system, payable over 12 months. Foundation for California Community Colleges Urban: Sacramento $1.1 million - Youth, Linked Learning Practice To improve high school-to-college transition...



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Calif. Governor Signs off on Kinship Equity, Support for Exploitation Victims

Note: This story was updated on June 20 Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a budget that includes new funding for kinship foster caregivers and more assistance to victims of commercial sexual exploitation (CSEC). The Relative Caregiver Funding Option Program brings $30 million dollars in funding to a county-option program that will...



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The Ascension of a Czar

Los Angeles County is looking for a brave soul to head its newly formed Office of Child Protection, and anyone can apply. “It will be a national search, and it is one of the most significant assignments that anyone in the nation can have in respect to child welfare services,” said...



Sierra Health Foundation, Grants Awarded, Mid-Year 2014

Sierra Health Foundation Sacramento, California (916) 285-1800 Grants Announced: April 2014 All Grantees located in the state of California. Amador Community College Foundation, Sutter Creek, $12,075 to facilitate post-secondary education and establish public mental health career pathways for students with first-hand mental illness experience, through an online certificate program. City of Newman, $15,000 to increase physical...



Winners and Losers in Calif. Child Welfare Funding

On Friday May 23, a handful of child welfare advocacy groups in California, aiming to carve out a share of the state’s $4.7 billion budget surplus, had cause to celebrate, while the proposals of others were left unheard. The advocates had put forward a total of six proposals in the months...



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In Canada, Native Families Continue to be Separated

By Melody Ann Owen Vera, an Indian residential school survivor, describes...


California Bill Would Have Judges Curb Psychotropics among Foster Youth

By Isaac Smith After a year of scathing indictments by the...


Political Implications of OJJDP “Compliance-Gate”

This week’s Senate Judiciary Committee “Compliance-Gate” hearing on Office of...


California Passes New Parole Law For Young Offenders

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed a law today that...