Child Welfare

New California Budget Includes $90.5 Million in Cuts to Child Welfare Services

Facing an historic economic crisis triggered by the coronavirus pandemic, California Gov. Gavin Newsom presented a revised state budget Thursday that reflected deep cuts from the original draft released in January.  Included among these cuts […]

Child Welfare

California Rolls Out Plan to Prevent Youth from Aging Out of Foster Care During Pandemic

Last week, Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) announced the state would prevent foster youth from aging out of the system during the pandemic. This week, the administration laid out the specifics of his order.  Extended foster […]

Coronavirus

California Considers Extending Foster Care Supports for Youth Following Advocates’ Appeal for COVID-19 Relief

In an urgent appeal to the governor and the California state legislature on behalf of the state’s 60,000 children and young adults in foster care, a group of leading advocates is calling for sweeping new […]

Juvenile Justice

California’s State Juvenile Justice Agency Freezes New Detention Commitments

Late Tuesday afternoon, California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) suspended new entries into the state’s juvenile and adult prison systems, part of an effort to protect incarcerated individuals and staff from the spread of the coronavirus. […]

Jerry Milner and Sixto Cancel
Child Welfare

MARCH 19, 3:30 PM EST: Top Trump Child Welfare Official and Former Foster Youth will Host COVID-19 Town Hall

On Thursday, March 19, Jerry Milner of the federal Children’s Bureau is teaming up with former foster youth and tech entrepreneur Sixto Cancel to co-host a virtual town hall inviting foster youth to contribute to the […]

Child Welfare

Coronavirus: What Child Welfare Systems Need to Think About

The coronavirus has dominated headlines across the country as the federal government and state leaders scramble to pull together broad plans of attack for testing, quarantining and treating those with severe symptoms. This week, the […]

Child Welfare

Child Representation Bill Heads to Wyoming’s Governor; Advocates Hope to Resurrect Parent Representation Bill in the Future

On Monday, a bill to move the Wyoming Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) program out of the Office of State Public Defenders to its own entity passed its final hurdle in the state House of Representatives […]