Child Welfare

In Aftermath of Latest Child Death, L.A. Contends with Potential Foster Care Panic

In mid-July, Bobby Cagle, the director of Los Angeles County’s $2.8-billion child welfare system, visited the high desert communities of Palmdale and Lancaster, both reeling from the latest child death to strike the county. Still […]

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 […]

Opinion

ICWA Ruling Worsens an Already Biased System

A recent decision regarding the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) sets the stage for the next battle to defend this critical law that protects the rights of American Indian and Alaska Native people. On October […]

Child Welfare

No, Family Separations are Not All the Same

There is an old political adage that you should “never let a crisis go to waste,” meaning that a crisis can awaken public interest and create an opportunity to advance policies that might otherwise be […]

Child Welfare

Tomorrow, Lemonade Stands Nationwide Will Raise Awareness about Family Separation at The Border

Tomorrow, an organization called Lawyer Moms of America has organized lemonade stands around the country in order to draw attention to the fact that many of the families separated at the Southern border have still […]