Child Welfare

For this Former Foster Youth, Home is a State of Mind

This essay was submitted as part of our 2019 Youth Voice Writing Contest, which asked current and former foster youth the question “What does home mean to you?”  As a foster youth, I have been […]

Child Trauma

Adverse Childhood Experiences Are Different Than Child Trauma, and It’s Critical to Understand Why

Legislators, caregivers and the media increasingly recognize that childhood adversity poses risks to individual health and well-being. The original Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Study has helped raise public awareness about this critical public health issue. […]

Child Welfare

Our Failed Solutions for Seriously Ill Foster Youths

Justin Taylor Bean, removed from his abusive birth parents as a toddler, spent the next two decades in psychiatric hospitals and more than 40 residential facilities. Over the years, his physical and verbal aggression increased […]

Child Welfare

Let’s Do Better for California Kids, Families and Communities

As leaders of organizations that serve children, youth and families who have come to the attention of child welfare, special education, juvenile justice and behavioral health systems, we have seen firsthand the successes and failures […]