Children enter foster care because they are in danger. A child’s safety should be the first priority in any child welfare system, shouldn’t it? As a lawyer, I’ve been examining the role the judicial system plays in […]
It’s hard enough growing up in the world even with a supportive family and plenty of access to resources. Can you imagine how difficult the journey must be for homeless and high-risk youth? Each individual […]
By Susan Dreyfus Some may say a president’s State of the Union address is inconsequential, but I believe it is important as it provides us, as a nation, an annual opportunity to respectfully discuss our […]
Allyson Bendell wasn’t always the most well behaved girl, but that didn’t make her a criminal either. In the world of group homes, however, where staff who are often undertrained and overwhelmed try to manage […]
It is not ordinary to see people lined up around the block to hear a panel discussion on juvenile justice. But on the evening of Jan. 14 in downtown Oakland, California, nearly 200 people gathered for […]
The Sierra Health Foundation has released a report evaluating the first year of the Positive Youth Justice Initiative (PYJI). To see the foundation’s full report, click here.
Every night, without exception, I find myself lying in bed thinking about the fact that there are other children out there struggling with mental illness. Mental illness takes lives every day, and can prevent the […]