Child Welfare

Hearings: The Era of Closed Courtrooms Should End

For more than a century, there has been a tradition of maintaining confidentiality in the juvenile and family courts, where abuse, neglect, juvenile delinquency, and even paternity cases are held. In various forms, virtually every […]

Youth Voice

Child Welfare: Gambling on the Lives of Little Ones

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

The Parent Defender Model Heads West

In many ways, the challenges of the child welfare field mirror those in the criminal justice system. Both disproportionately ensnare over-policed, underserved communities, especially people of color and those living in deep poverty. The difference […]

Family

Can We Walk You Home?

Throughout the evening, the three brothers described to me the years of abuse they experienced in foster care. They were made to stand in the corner of rooms for hours. They were forced to clean […]

Child Welfare

121 Marathons In 121 Days for Foster Youth

Today I woke up at 6:30 a.m., ate breakfast cooked on a camping stove, changed, brushed my teeth and filled my water bottles. I walked past my current home, a white Chevy van with a […]