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Can Predictive Analytics Root Out the Social Workers Most Likely to Break up Black Families?

The idea of using predictive analytics in child welfare easily conjures images of child abuse investigators targeting parents a machine deems most likely to harm their children. Because black families are so disproportionately likely to […]

Youth Voice

Injustice System

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

Child Deaths and Faulty Facts: A Surefire Recipe for Misguided Child Welfare Proclamations

Last week, City Journal, a magazine and website published by the Manhattan Institute, published a fear-mongering column entitled “Parents Rights,’ at the Expense of Kids’ Safety.” In that piece, a writer named Naomi Schaefer Riley, […]

Child Welfare

In Era of Family Separation, a Top Administration Official Vows to Fight the Practice in Child Welfare

David Kelly was met with thunderous applause from parent advocates last week as he jogged onto the stage of a Ritz-Carlton ballroom, just outside of Washington, D.C. As the special assistant to Children’s Bureau Associate […]

Child Welfare

Hearings: Young, First-Time Parents Face ‘Civil Death Penalty’ in a Ventura Child Welfare Court

200 Beats a Minute It was the week before Christmas 2018. Sometime around noon that day, the 1-year-old baby girl ingested methamphetamines and opioids she had found in her mother’s purse. By 1:56 p.m., the […]

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Blue Ribbon Commission

In L.A., Law Enforcement and Child Protection Try the Impossible: Stop Child Maltreatment Deaths

On Wednesday, prominent Los Angeles County officials will revisit a trying time in the county’s child protection history. In May of 2013, the violent death of an 8-year-old Antelope Valley boy rocked the county. The […]

Child Welfare

Will Shutdown-Ending Legislation Include Rubio, Feinstein Bill to Extend Foster Care Waivers?

Last week, Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) introduced legislation that would allow scores of state and county child welfare agencies to delay implementing a new federal law that promises to reshape foster […]