Racial Injustice in New York State Courts: Problems ‘Extensive and Systemic in Nature,’ Report Finds
Black and brown attorneys mistaken for defendants, a culture that “discourages compassionate treatment” of people of color appearing in court, a Facebook post depicting a lynching, and a host of other racial injustices are among problems “so extensive and systemic in nature” they require a wholesale overhaul of the New York state court system, an alarming report released last week concludes.
She Wrote the Book on Surviving Foster Care as a Black Kid
Ángela Quijada-Banks wants to make sure no one ages out of foster care like she did.
When she left North Carolina’s foster care system as a teen, she had to scramble to find housing, just days before the start of her college classes.
Schoolwork Behind Bars Often Goes to Waste, Study Finds
New York City has a tortured history educating its youth caught up in the criminal justice system. Until last the decade, city judges sent young people with delinquency cases hours away from home to isolated, barbed-wired youth prisons, where subpar schooling left them far behind their former classmates.
Federal Judge Rejects Trump Food Stamp Rule
A federal judge on Sunday threw out a Trump Administration proposal that would have cut food stamps to 700,000 Americans, including many foster youths aging out of care, at the end of the coronavirus emergency, which has put millions out of work.
Fostering Adults: The State of Care
“The thing about extended foster care is, it’s a deal, but it comes with strings attached.”
Since 2008, nearly every state in America has extended foster care to age 21, an effort to help prevent the staggering levels of homelessness and criminal justice involvement experienced by those who “age out” of the system.
Latonia vs. Chisago County
In 2016, the child welfare agency in Chisago County, Minnesota, took a newborn child into foster care. This series charts the agonizing four years spent by his grandmother, Latonia Rolbiecki, trying to bring the child back to his family as his foster parents pursued adoption.
A Novel Approach on Extended Foster Care Options
Melinda and Ray Martin of San Anselmo, California, had been talking for a while about what more they could do to help youth who’ve had it rough coming up – well before the global pandemic battered the economy.
Liar, Liar, Life on Fire
When I look back at my childhood, I see why I wanted to pretend it away.
I grew up in the Bronx, the only child of a single mother. My father would pop his head in and out periodically, but ultimately, my family was my mother and my beloved grandmother, who lived nearby.
Next Steps for Youth Justice Reforms in New York: 18- to 25-Year-Olds
Two years ago this month, New York City moved all 16- and 17-year-olds off the Rikers Island prison complex, for good.
LAPD’s Missed Opportunity on Juvenile Diversion
Last week, after a thorough search for the best youth arrest diversion program in the country, the Annie E. Casey Foundation selected the Los Angeles-based Centinela Youth Services and its Everychild Restorative Justice Center as its model for promoting restorative justice-based juvenile diversion nationwide. The
Coronavirus Makes for Unique Congressional Internship for Foster Youth
The coronavirus pandemic has added urgency to the work of this year’s class of congressional interns with expertise in foster care – the history of their own lives. The fallout of COVID-19 has hit more than 400,000 children and youth in foster care like few other groups of Americans as yet another trauma in their lives, and none more so than young people approaching independence.
Unaccompanied Children At Our Border Are Not a Threat; They’re in Danger
Two weeks ago, U.S. District Judge Carl Nichols drew a line in the sand. The U.S. government had issued a directive requiring border agents to deport unaccompanied children, arguing that they could be vectors and contributing to the spread of COVID-19.