Youth Voice

Finding Home

We launched a writing contest to see what former foster youth had to say about their time in care or their experiences with the justice system. The contest gave youth the opportunity to write on […]

Child Welfare

Doris Duke to Spend $6 Million on Leadership Development in Child Well-Being Sector

The New York-based Doris Duke Charitable Foundation invested nearly $6 million this month aimed at bolstering leadership in the child well-being sector. “Effective and diverse social sector leadership is critical for ending intergenerational cycles of […]

Child Welfare

Title X Rule Change Could Lead to More Unplanned Pregnancy, Disease Transmission, and Sex Trafficking for Foster Youth

A federal rule change around family planning clinics being sought by the Trump administration could have a disproportionate effect on current and former foster youth. Advocates believe that the new rules could have a chilling […]

Child Welfare

Two Bills That Offer More Support to Relatives, Who are Expected to Play a Bigger Role Under Family First Act

In addition to planned legislation that makes significant changes to federal child welfare finance, two new federal bills have been introduced that would target support for relative caregivers, a key constituency in the reforms envisioned under […]

Featured

For Youth in Lock-Up, Family Connection is Key

I was locked up for a year, just after I turned 17. I was at three juvenile halls for about six months and then at a juvenile camp for about five months. I was sentenced […]

Child Welfare

Calling California Foster Youth: State Approves Free Phone Plans Through Age 26

On Thursday, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved a plan to provide about 33,000 current and former foster youth in California with a free smartphone, complete with a calling plan, wireless service and a […]

Child Welfare

The Substance Abuse Program Los Angeles Hopes Can Help Overhaul its Dependency Drug Courts

Sacramento County could hold the key to better addressing widespread substance abuse issues in Los Angeles County’s child welfare system. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to create a plan to improve […]

Child Welfare

Hearings: Emergency Removals to Foster Care Have Surged in New York. Here’s One Case.

Emergency removals of children from their parents by the child welfare system have increased in New York City. According to Administration for Children’s Services (ACS), New York City’s child welfare agency, nearly half of all cases […]

Child Trauma

Adverse Childhood Experiences Are Different Than Child Trauma, and It’s Critical to Understand Why

Legislators, caregivers and the media increasingly recognize that childhood adversity poses risks to individual health and well-being. The original Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Study has helped raise public awareness about this critical public health issue. […]

Child Welfare

Pediatricians Group Lines Up Against Federal Bill to Extend Child Welfare Waivers

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) announced last week that it opposes federal legislation that would temporarily preserve child welfare waivers and delay implementation of the landmark Family First Prevention Services Act. The advocacy organization […]