Child Welfare

Protecting Runaway Foster Youth: Without Warrants, What Comes Next?

At 15-years old, Sarah* had already moved between a handful of New York City’s foster care agencies. She was a victim of sex trafficking, an illicit industry that disproportionately targets children in the child welfare […]

Juvenile Justice

Juvenile Halls Are Not Our Destiny

Counties across California are questioning what has thus far been a hallmark element of a flawed juvenile justice system: juvenile halls. There are many reasons to ask this question at this moment. Juvenile arrests are […]

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 Welfare

Hearings: A Faithful Supporter in Alameda County Court

As a community pastor ministering to foster and probation youth in Northern California, I know how important it is for teachers, family friends, clergy, mentors and others to support these youth at dependency and delinquency juvenile […]

Adoption

Remembering MaryLee Allen

Last week, the world lost MaryLee Allen, the longtime leader on child welfare policy for the Children’s Defense Fund. Allen, who had a hand in most of the federal legislation passed on the issue in […]

Child Welfare

Five Things Child Welfare Must Learn from the Field of Safety Science

  Following disastrous events such as Three Mile Island, the Challenger disaster, fatal airline crashes and unacceptable rates of fatalities in health care settings, the field of safety science expanded rapidly. And though it is […]

Child Welfare

What Defines Success for Child Welfare Lawyers?

A year ago, I received an unexpected message on Facebook. It read: “Man we miss you how have u been. We were so devastated when u left.” Of course my curiosity compelled me to respond […]