Child Welfare

Who Cares for The Kin Caring for Our Kids?

I can’t sleep. My stomach is churning, my head pounding. I am livid about a phone call I received at Foster Kinship, a “kinship navigator” program I direct to help connect relative caregivers with critical […]

Child Welfare

Injustice Without Objection

For the past few weeks, I’ve been reading transcripts from child protective hearings. Hundreds of pages of transcripts. I’ve seen examples of clear legal errors. I’ve read many lines of parents’ lawyers grumbling and complaining. […]

Justice

This Election Day, a Victim’s Rights Amendment Could Impact Pennsylvania’s Juvenile Justice System

Tuesday’s election offers us many opportunities to make change — from candidates to resolutions. One of most importance to me personally and professionally is Pennsylvania’s ballot referendum on Marsy’s Law, a proposed Constitutional amendment that […]

Child Welfare

How Connecticut Moved From Institutions to Families

In response to a large influx of children into state care in the late 1990s resulting from tragedies that spawned fear within the agency, Connecticut developed a sprawling system of institutional settings to have enough […]

Adoption

Permanency is Possible for Older Youth in Child Welfare

“I don’t want a family.”  “Johnny will never have a family so it’s best to focus on independent living skills.” For decades, Plummer Youth Promise accepted the truth of these statements. And so, rather than […]