Child Welfare

New York City Tries Financial Mentoring With At-Risk Families — But Leaves Out Cash Incentives

One of the most common criticisms of America’s child welfare system is that it too often ensnares impoverished parents, accusing them of neglect when the true issue is just the circumstances of poverty. When families earn less […]

Child Welfare

50 Years After Perry: Quality Early Childhood Has Second Generation Effect, Study Finds

New research from Nobel Prize-winning economist James Heckman suggests that the benefits of early childhood education may extend much further than previously thought. In a pair of research papers released today through the University of Chicago’s […]

Child Welfare

121 Marathons In 121 Days for Foster Youth

Today I woke up at 6:30 a.m., ate breakfast cooked on a camping stove, changed, brushed my teeth and filled my water bottles. I walked past my current home, a white Chevy van with a […]

Analysis

Senate Finance Bill in Works to Kill Federal Foster Care Income Test, Ease Transition to Family First Act

Two Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee plan to introduce major legislation that would unchain federal foster care dollars from a decades-old income test, and ease the transition toward the Family First Prevention Services Act, Youth […]

Child Welfare

Los Angeles Times Series, a Reminder of America’s Decision to Pathologize Child Poverty

The Los Angeles Times and columnist Steve Lopez launched a critically important series on child poverty Sunday. Replete with both haunting and inspiring photos taken by the talented Francine Orr, readers are introduced to Telfair Elementary […]