Child Welfare

Strings Attached: Young Adults Fight to Stay In Foster Care

On a recent weeknight on the suburban streets of Silicon Valley, a 20-year-old former foster youth offered a weary and frank assessment of his latest struggles to survive. Peter had recently scrounged up $600 to […]

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Child Welfare

Time to Abolish Racist Foster Care System, Children’s Commissioner Says

The nation’s fast-evolving rage and newfound commitment to upending long-standing racial injustice spilled into the normally staid meeting of the Los Angeles County Commission for Children and Families on Monday, with several members describing the […]

Child Welfare

California Extended Foster Care to 21. Was It Enough?

Just weeks before the coronavirus pandemic shuttered schools and businesses and isolated millions of people in their homes, a California senator introduced groundbreaking legislation to reimagine how the state supports some of its most vulnerable, […]

Child Welfare

$800 Million Federal Emergency Fund Proposed to Prevent Family, Youth Homelessness

A bipartisan group of Senators has proposed an $800 million emergency fund to help communities address family and youth homelessness as advocates fear a potentially disastrous wave of instability as coronavirus continues to hamper the […]

Child Welfare

Three Needed Steps In Child Welfare’s Battle Against Coronavirus

The COVID-19 pandemic poses a major threat to children in the child welfare system.  While the disease itself most severely affects older adults, the side effects of the pandemic — shelter-in-place orders, lockdowns, school and court […]

Juvenile Justice

Monterey County to Shrink Its New Juvenile Hall Amid Falling Incarceration Rates and Push for Police Reform

With the pandemic pounding government coffers and growing national protests over policing in communities of color, the Monterey County Board of Supervisors announced Tuesday that it will reduce the size of its soon-to-be constructed juvenile […]