Child Welfare

Protecting Runaway Foster Youth: Without Warrants, What Comes Next?

At 15-years old, Sarah* had already moved between a handful of New York City’s foster care agencies. She was a victim of sex trafficking, an illicit industry that disproportionately targets children in the child welfare […]

Child Welfare

Gavin Newsom Names Kimberley Johnson to Head California Child Welfare System

Kimberley Johnson has been announced as the new director of the California Department of Social Services (DSS), which oversees the state’s county-run child welfare system. “I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to serve as […]

Child Welfare

Eisner Foundation Provides $1 Million for Programs Tying Youth and Seniors

In the wake of a report examining America’s shared spaces for both children and seniors, the Eisner Foundation is investing $1 million to support so-called “intergenerational sites” in Los Angeles. Intergenerational shared sites co-locate services […]

Juvenile Justice

Juvenile Halls Are Not Our Destiny

Counties across California are questioning what has thus far been a hallmark element of a flawed juvenile justice system: juvenile halls. There are many reasons to ask this question at this moment. Juvenile arrests are […]

Child Welfare

For this Former Foster Youth, Home is a State of Mind

This essay was submitted as part of our 2019 Youth Voice Writing Contest, which asked current and former foster youth the question “What does home mean to you?”  As a foster youth, I have been […]

Child Welfare

Hearings: A Faithful Supporter in Alameda County Court

As a community pastor ministering to foster and probation youth in Northern California, I know how important it is for teachers, family friends, clergy, mentors and others to support these youth at dependency and delinquency juvenile […]