Child Welfare

First Place Names Former Obama Advisor Heidi McIntosh as New CEO

First Place for Youth, a California organization that works with transition-age foster youth, has named former Department of Health and Human Services staffer Heidi McIntosh as its CEO. The Oakland-based organization manages the independent living skills […]


L.A. County Looks to Business Sector Strategy to Recruit and Retain Foster Parents

Los Angeles County has endorsed a new plan to attract and retain prospective foster parents: treat them like customers. The county Board of Supervisors approved a $50,000 contract Tuesday with RaiseAChild (RAC), an organization that […]

Child Welfare

L.A. Turns to Religious Communities to Help with Foster Home Shortage and Racial Disparities

As Los Angeles County struggles to maintain enough foster homes to house the youth in its care, county leaders are looking to the faith community to better support the child welfare system. The Board of […]


What Exactly is a Trauma-Sensitive Classroom?

An Interview with Two Trauma-Informed Elementary Teachers Trauma-informed care is becoming significantly more important and common in child-serving fields like child welfare, juvenile justice and pediatric medicine. The movement is taking hold in school districts […]