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 & BUSINESS

Youth Services Insider: Expect a major RFP, federal funding in the near future on serving immigrant youth, unaccompanied minors

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation announces its first grants under Obama’s My Brothers Keeper initiative

A $50 million work/career initiative has been launched in 10 cities by Citi Foundation

The Republican-led House Ways and Means Committee began discussions on the reauthorization of the federal home visitation program, a $1.5 billion investment in child maltreatment prevention that expires in 2015

FUNDING LEADS

Texas: Mental health services available through Harris County (Houston) juvenile probation for youths involved in sex trade

Virginia: Workforce development funding for youths in Newport News, Hampton, and nearby areas

Grants available for local Boys and Girls Clubs from the Pacific Youth Foundation

National grants are available from the Safeway Foundation for community-serving nonprofits

Federal Funding

The Administration for Children and Families is funding an adoption competency health training initiative.

National funding competition: Improving permanency outcomes for children who are affected by substance abuse

Funding for mental health access for 16- to 25-year-olds through the “Now is the Time” project at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Funding out from the Health Resources and Services Administration for research networks that want to focus on adolescent health

Department of Health and Human Services funding a cooperative agreement to lead initiative on improving maternal health

Federal funding from the Labor Department to address the employment barriers of court-involved youth

Funding from the Justice Department for direct services/research projects to test positive influences on school safety

One Justice Department grant available to assist with a demonstration project on youth victimization

National funding for juvenile justice agencies from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention for recidivism reduction

Another solicitation from OJJDP for mentoring victims of child trafficking

Funding available from the Justice Department for mentoring programs that serve more than five, but less than 45, states.

NEWS, OPINION, ANALYSIS

Expanding foster care statewide to age 21 has cut aging out nearly in half for now in California

Focus on the Figures: Our regular column with KidsData.org looks at entry rates into foster care over time, by race

Robin Jenkins: In pushing for a better juvenile justice, there are lots of lessons to be learned from the past

This week included an early win for the Blue Ribbon Commission established to overhaul America’s largest local child welfare system

Two pieces of legislation on the move in California: A law to strengthen the rights of siblings in foster care to visit each other, and state legislation moving in California on info-sharing between child welfare and education systems

Older teens involved in the child welfare system often find the courts unsympathetic when they allege abuse or neglect, say child welfare attorneys in New York City.

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

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