This Week in Youth Services: Funding, News and Opinion on Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare

Busy week? No problem, we got you covered. Here is a rundown of all the funding leads, news, analysis and opinion pieces produced by The Chronicle of Social Change.

Money and Business

Why the Administration for Children and Families is using the rules of fight club on its Unaccompanied Minors contractors

A $6 billion block grant for youth development via community-based organizations? In 2001, that idea had GOP backing led by the late Sen. Jim Jeffords of Vermont.

Just before the summer recess, the Senate hosted a rapid-fire roundtable on child welfare  finance reform. Some notes on what was said, and what wasn’t, at a meeting that might help shape next year’s discussion on federal child welfare funding.

Some modest (and some potentially major) moves on social impact/pay for success funding from Congress.

With federal child welfare funding, Congress always wants to rob Peter to pay Paul

Funding Leads

California funding lead: Funds from the Silicon Valley Community Foundation for out-of-school strategies to close achievement gap

D.C. funding lead: Looking for a contractor to recruit and train a small group of stay-at-home foster parents

Nebraska funding lead: Small grants to improve oral health access for kids

New Jersey: Trenton will make small grant to an organization that can manage its summer employment program

Hawaii: Department of Social Services seeking proposals for various shelter and foster care support services. Also, look for Hawaii to fund expansion of alternatives to incarceration in fiscal 2014-15.

Minnesota: Ramsey County looking for case management, court supervision providers for Youth Engagement Program

Connecticut: Department of Children and Families funding services for court-involved youths through juvenile review boards.

National

National funding lead: Research on vocational training for mentally and/or physically disabled youths

Funding lead, national: Funds for youth programs, community activism from The Ben & Jerry’s Foundation

News, Opinion and Analysis

Lisa Thurau, juvenile justice expert: Training police on youth interaction prevents tragedies like the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson

A profile of an organization teaching youth in foster care to tell their stories thru the creation of film

Recommendations on moving the national conversation and progress when it comes to college success for foster youth

Some confusion, disagreement on roles and priorities as Los Angeles moves on child welfare reform

In the latest from our Focus on the Figures series with Kidsdata.org, we look “Gang Membership” at different ages

The Chronicle of Social Change profiled and analyzed each of the policy recommendations made this summer by the participants of the Foster Youth Internship Program (FYI), a group of 11 former foster youths who completed Congressional internships.

The overarching themes we found in those proposals? Youth empowerment, identity protection, and early mental health intervention.

Here is a list of all 11 profiles:

  1. Trauma training for caregivers
  2. An empowerment/comfort curriculum for new foster youth
  3. Internship-track career programs for aging-out teens
  4. Increase the number foster youth opting into 18+ foster care through youth empowerment training
  5. Preventive action on identity theft, credit fraud
  6. Placement stability for infants
  7. Allow youth to dictate court order on parent contact
  8. Unfettered access to birth, health, and identification documents
  9. Child welfare system protections for detained or deported parents
  10. Preventing the misuse of special education with foster youth
  11. Imposing timelines on health screenings for foster youth

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John Kelly is the editor-in-chief of The Chronicle of Social Change.

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