Child Welfare

Congressional Child Welfare Leaders Request Efforts to Protect Foster Youth During Coronavirus Outbreak

U.S. Reps. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.), Karen Bass (D-Calif.) and Don Bacon (R-Neb.) sent House leadership a letter yesterday urging consideration of “the needs of current and former foster youth as youth continue to address the […]

Child Welfare

Family Visits Are an Essential Service for Youth in Foster Care

In these challenging times when social distancing is required for public safety, how can we make it safe for children in foster care to have critical time with their birth families? Family time is an important […]

Coronavirus

New York City Court’s Coronavirus Plan Might Mean Longer Stays in Foster Care or Youth Detention

New pandemic directives from New York City court officials may lead to longer stays in juvenile detention or foster care for some young people, The Chronicle of Social Change has learned.  A coronavirus response plan […]

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Child Welfare

New York City Foster Care Rushes to Prepare for Coronavirus

New York City’s foster care system has navigated crises before, especially after 9/11 and Hurricane Sandy. But the emergency plans nonprofits created after those disasters didn’t account for pandemics, and the city’s Administration for Children’s […]

Child Welfare

Los Angeles Looks to Expand Program to Get High-Needs Foster Youth Out of Shelters and Into Homes

Jacqueline* was 13 when she first entered the Los Angeles foster care system in March 2015. She had severe mental health issues, and her mother couldn’t give her the high-level care she needed at home. […]

Foster Care

2019 Brian Donovan Journalism Fellow Reflects on Opportunity to Hone Reporting Skills and Develop Professional Network

I became dedicated to pursuing journalism as a way to advocate for society’s most vulnerable citizens and bring more public scrutiny to the government’s role in their lives. As a former foster youth, I am […]

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Adoption

Supreme Court Sets Up Referendum on Faith-Based Discrimination in Foster Care, Adoption

The Supreme Court will hear arguments on whether faith-based child welfare providers have a constitutional right to discriminate against certain foster and adoptive parents, even if it’s done with taxpayer dollars. Fulton v. City of […]