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

Here is a rundown of all the funding leads, news, analysis and opinion pieces produced by The Chronicle of Social Change. Among the headlines this week:

  • A conversation with the Godfather of Finding Families
  • California’s shift on early screening/treatment funding: potential boon to counties, but also shaky legal ground
  • A national child welfare research network launched
  • A discussion with leaders and students about the right (and wrong) instances for removing children


Children’s Home Society of America and the University of North Carolina School of Social Work have formed a new research network aimed at evaluating child welfare policies.

Meanwhile, Children’s Home Society tapped veteran employee, David Bundy, to lead agency.

California is block granting of Medicaid funds for screening/treating youth, which has some advocates wondering: is that legal?


Texas seeking applicants for statewide Texas Healthy Adolescent Initiative, which focuses on 10- to 24-year-olds.

Massachusetts: Department of Developmental Services making small grants to train urban youths on working with younger kids and the elderly.

New York City is looking to fund alternatives to detention.

California: Department of Health & Social Services is funding community-based mental health services for 16- to 25-year olds.

California: Yolo County is supporting services to at-risk children and youth in rural areas.

California: The James Irvine Foundation is giving out $125,000 awards for state human services leaders.

California: Fresno is funding development services for young children and college readiness programs for older youth:


Part One and Part Two of Georgette Todd’s interview with Kevin Campbell, a chief architect of the Family Finding movement.

Teddy Lederer chronicles a discussion between grad students and child welfare advocates about the right (and wrong) times to remove children. Click here for Part One and here for Part Two.

Report: As juvenile incarceration plummeted, the proportion of juveniles heading to facilities who are minorities went up.

Publisher looking for current/former foster youth and adoptees to contribute to a cookbook!

Josh Neff: Adults deserve empathy too.

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

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