Washington Foster Children Quarantined in Government Office Building; Advocates Alarmed
Washington’s child welfare agency has resorted to housing some COVID-19 positive foster youth in an office building.
Washington’s child welfare agency has resorted to housing some COVID-19 positive foster youth in an office building.
After nearly two months of shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic, New York state child welfare agencies slowly re-open to new normal.
Reps. Karen Bass and Gwen Moore announced legislation to honor advocate Dosha DJay Joi, to ensure former foster youth are eligible for Medicaid until 26
SB 912 would have permanently extended foster care through age 25 but has now been cut down to a short-term support plan triggered by a state of emergency.
A legal challenge to the blanket ban of supervised family visits was dismissed in Illinois yesterday, in part due to the state’s attorney for foster youth
New York State made clear that it will be up to individual counties to decide how to support foster youth aging out of care during the pandemic
Instead of a post-coronavirus court defined by dystopian isolation, Sankaran writes, we could start to reframe the courts as an ally of families
David Domenici of Center for Educational Excellence in Alternative Settings describes the impact of letters from the outside have had on youth behind bars
In a shutdown, therapists are relying on phones, laptops and video platforms that many have never used to treat young people. The results are surprising.
Kevin King, training director at Seneca Family of Agencies, argues that the coronavirus has shone a light on the need for better work force training
Legislation introduced today would help states prevent foster youth from aging out during the pandemic and add $520 million for college and housing
An Los Angeles County judge on Tuesday denied a bid to release scores of incarcerated youth in the midst of the deadly pandemic.
The federal government is making it easier for states to tap into funding for extended foster care and use foster homes that have not been fully licensed
Foster care workers have been deemed essential during the coronavirus pandemic. But that hasn’t come with gauranteed pay boosts in 24-hour group homes.
The economic impact of coronavirus will hit black families hardest, and that could exacerbate existing disparity in child welfare, Jessica Pryce argues.
Chicago’s public defender has sought an injunction to bar the blanket suspension of supervised family visits by the state child welfare agency
Two Los Angeles County youth tested positive for coronavirus at two juvenile halls on Thursday, raising fears of infection in the facilities.
Paul DiLorenzo wonders whether a post-coronavirus surge in child welfare use is as inevitable as many child welfare observers think
A survey by University of San Francisco is in progress to identify the needs and wants of current and former foster youths amid coronavirus
Three sisters fled the city they know as home to avoid bouncing around foster care during coronavirus
Nearly two-thirds of school-aged kids in California will be eligbile to receive up to $365 in emergency funds to help them buy food.
Advocates for youth in New York foster care care imploring Governor Cuomo to extend foster care and prevent anyone from aging out amidst coronavirus
Alameda County leaders should consider releasing incarcerated youth as part of their response to the crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
A federal stimulus loan program meant to help small businesses keep people on the payroll has helped many nonprofits and frustrated others
Jevon Wilkes of the California Coalition for Youth describes how the coronavirus pandemic has had an outsized effect on the youth his organization serves
Vivek Sankaran writes that the coronavirus has exposed the fact that a simple assurance of a lawyer is not enough to support child welfare-involved families
As the California legisature readies for an emergency review session, the pharmaceutical industry is seeking eased oversight of mental health drugs
Marcia Robinson Lowry argues that child welfare’s reliance on remote visits to kids in foster care, endorsed by the federal government, is too great a risk
A district court judge in California ruled on Friday that the U.S. government should “make every effort to promptly and safely release” immigrant minors.
The L.A. County Department of Public Health announced on Thursday that three more youth had been infected with coronavirus at the Star View Health Center.
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced today on Twitter that the state will prevent youth from aging out of foster care during the coronavirus emergency
As the COVID-19 pandemic swept the county, juveniles in pretrial detention fell by nearly a quarter, according to a survey of government agencies.
Hundreds of youth charged with “non-serious or minor offenses” remain detained in L.A. County, according to recently filed court documents
The mother watched her toddler waddle away, but couldn’t follow her. Her daughter was in foster care, and now coronavirus meant they could only FaceTime.
Professors from Rutgers and New York University share their thoughts on the unique barriers to preventing maltreatment posed by coronavirus
California youth will continue to receive extended foster care benefits through June 30 preventing them from aging out during a pandemic
Colorado ombudsman: to ensure the safety of children, we must take steps to protect the child protective workers working to keep them safe
A coronavirus outbreak has infected two foster youth and 13 staff at Star View Adolescent Center, a residential psychiatric and behavioral health facility.
Around the country, reduced court dockets and suspended family visits have upheaved the path to reunifications for child welfare-involved families
Adam Pertman explains why he believes that systems protecting children must get relief as part of whatever comes next in coronavirus legislation
Attorneys for domestic violence victims say their clients cannot get child support, can’t get divorced, and are struggling to get a hearing
When Orlando landed in New York in January, he had no idea that he would soon be living in a shelter for homeless youth and fall victim to coronavirus.
Today California’s top prosecutor reminded local officials they can act more swiftly to release prisoners in perilous conditions.
Advocates appealed to the California Supreme Court to release many of the youth currently incarcerated in Los Angeles juvenile facilities
A quick rundown of the $3 billion request made to leadership by hundreds of child welfare and family organizations as Congress ponders another stimulus bill
California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a $42 million investment Monday aimed at relief for some children and families during the ongoing pandemic.
With the COVID-19 crisis dominating her last months of pregnancy, Nikki Almendarez is torn between excitement for her first baby and anxiety
A heartbreaking remembrance of New York youth counselor, Eric Joseph, known by the kids he served as “Mr. E.,” who died of coronavirus last week at the age of 68
Two leaders in California philanthropy appeal to Los Angeles to release as many youth as possible from juvenile incarceration settings during the pandemic.
A battle in court continues over what to do with unaccompanied minors in group settings, New York providers are already starting to move them out.
Chanting “detention is deadly!” a parade of more than 100 vehicles circled downtown L.A. to draw attention to the perilous conditions of incarcerated youth
The California Judicial Council approved coronavirus-related rules requiring courts to hold certain child welfare hearings, strive for in-person family visits, and review decisions to detain youth pretrial.
Top federal child welfare officials fear that in too many child welfare systems, a family separated by foster care could see coronavirus count against them.
Los Angeles activists, desperate to avoid coronavirus catastrophe in the jails and juvenile halls, are using a car march to protest in downtown L.A.
Following two weeks of chaotic upheaval, the eight employees let go in a “mass” layoff at California Youth Connection have been rehired.
An anonymous donor has given $1.2 million to help some of New York’s poorest families buy food and necessities during the coronavirus shutdown — a windfall that staff at the New York Council of Nonprofits say comes without precedent.
Following a suspension of visitations, the mother of an 18-year-old in an L.A. County juvenile hall is terrified that he is at risk during the pandemic.
With shelter doors closing and beds full, LGBTQ youth and providers in New York City are left to face coronavirus on their own.
As the pandemic worsened, and calls to release youth in lockup grew louder, Pennsylvania juvenile justice advocates went to court to try and force the issue. “We are in dire circumstances,” said Marsha Levick, deputy director and chief counsel for the Juvenile Law Center.
Last week, President Trump signed a $2 trillion bill aimed at shoring up businesses and workers as America weathers a pandemic that could be followed by a long recession. The Chronicle breaks down what the plan includes that will directly affect child welfare and family service providers around the country.
Current and former foster youths working for California Youth Connection were gearing up to help others through a tough time during the coronavirus shutdown. Then the layoffs came.
Last week, The Chronicle reported that Haydée Cuza had laid-off much of the staff at the well-known advocacy group California Youth Connection, just as unemployment claims hit record highs in the state. Just days after an emergency board meeting was held to discuss her actions, Cuza resigned.
U.S. Children’s Bureau leader Jerry Milner reminded state child welfare courts that remote or otherwise, certain hearings had to be held to keep federal dollars flowing during coronavirus.
In a month or two, Vivek Sankaran writes, parents who have been separated from the children will reenter juvenile and family courts for the first time since the traumatic pandemic. How courts react will reveal a system’s true colors.
New York City’s Dorm Project students, all current and former foster youths were assured they were going to be able to stay. An abrupt about-face left them scrambling for options over the weekend to the ire of city council’s child welfare leadership.
California’s Department of Social Services appears to be considering some measures proposed by child welfare advocates, including extension of foster care past 21 for those who age out during the pandemic lockdown.
Incarcerated youth are at high risk of coronavirus infection, and some systems are now taking calls to release low-risk kids seriously
In a move that shocked its partners in the child welfare world, California Youth Connection laid off most of its staff and announced it would use the slowdown created by the coronavirus pandemic to restructure.
Martha Hornthal and her wife Kathleen are among the many foster and adoptive parents who rely on outside services to help with high-needs youth. Permanency services providers are trying to figure out the best way to continue those in trying times.
After regular reassurances that their living situation was stable, more than 100 current and former foster youths were given two days to vacate college dorms in New York City.
“The fact that it’s an emergency about saving lives – that’s fine,” one said. “But there are students who have nowhere to go. Maybe 10 I know of.”
“Magnificent Miller,” “Miller Maine,” and “Uncle Mill.” These are just some of the nicknames lovingly used to describe Jermaine Miller, a renowned youth worker with the nonprofit Sheltering Arms whose life was claimed by the coronavirus this month.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) announced that during the coronavirus lockdown of the state, its juvenile justice facilities will not accept new entries.
In a scenario that is likely to play out at residential programs around the country, one New York City-area nonprofit jumped into containment mode when a staffer tested positive for coronavirus.
April Barcus is a 24-year-old former foster youth in the Los Angeles area. She talks to reporter Sara Tiano about trying to survive the pandemic with health complications, unemployment and mounting bills.
As Los Angeles County awaits more protective gear, a state directive has created tension about protecting employees from coronavirus on the job.
A young person at a youth homeless shelter tested positive for coronavirus on the same day providers implored the mayor to address “significant concerns” with operation plans during the pandemic.
New York City and its network of foster care providers face a duel challenge: isolating symptomatic kids, and removing them from foster parents who fall too ill.
Two of the largest child welfare systems in the country took decidedly different positions on family visits during the coronavirus outbreak.
As first responders face a growing shortage of protective gear, social workers across sprawling Los Angeles County have continued to make visits to the homes of children and families in the child welfare system — at times without masks or gloves, according to social workers with the county’s Department of Children and Family Services.
A group of nonprofit leaders in youth and family services are calling for a $60 billion influx from Congress and “essential services” status from local government to keep a precarious but critical part of the economy.
A group of leaders on child welfare policy in Congress – Reps. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Jim Langevin (D-R.I.) and Don Bacon (R-Neb.) – sent a letter to House leadership asking for augmentation of certain child welfare programs to help during the coronavirus outbreak.
With many systems shutting down in-person aspects of child welfare, two leaders on family visitation outline how it should be continued and supported during this crisis.
Most youth removed from their homes are cared for by relatives, many of whom are older and single or widowed. In Nevada, Ali Caliendo’s organization is working to keep them safe in a dangerous time.
One of the largest local probation systems in the country has shut down its offices, walled off facilities from family visits, and is mulling changes to which youths need to be locked up during the pandemic.
Around the country, many courts are shutting down and delaying important hearings for families and children, Vivek Sankaran writes. It wouldn’t be necessary if we had invested in modern technology to improve the court process.
Shields for Families is one of the city’s largest family preservation and substance abuse programs. While clients worry about access to food, its longtime leader thinks about keeping the doors open in crisis.
Dave Newell of Children’s Home Society of Washington reflects on a week that forced his leadership team to think about how to keep a lifeline to clients while worrying about the future health of the staff.
A group of current and former probation leaders are asking for systems to dramatically reducing the footprint of community supervision during the crisis.
The coronavirus pandemic has predictably blown up the traditional child welfare conference schedule, which typically runs from March to May.
A look at how one nonprofit thought through changes to its funding, staffing and partnerships in a whirlwind week.
Multiple individuals who worked in the city’s family courts have tested positive for coronavirus in the past week, according to the Office of Court Administration.
The Minnesota courts have committed to staying open for child welfare and juvenile justice proceedings during the crisis.
If schools close, how to provide enough child care to foster parents? How to ensure college-age foster youth have stable housing as schools close their dorms?
As the effects of the coronavirus spread took hold, foster and kinship caregivers scrambled to make plans with little guidance from above.
A look at how America’s most populous state prepared for how the coronavirus will impact dozens of county-led child welfare and juvenile justice agencies.
A national nonprofit is raising funds to help assist current and former foster youths who are impacted by campus and dorm closures in the wake of coronavirus.
Lawyers and other workers were frustrated by the delays in notification after an intern at the Manhattan family court tested positive for COVID-19.
Our coverage of the coronavirus pandemic began with a forward-looking, crowd-sourced view of what child welfare and juvenile justice agencies should be thinking about.