New York Gov. Kathy Hochul Signed Law Prohibiting Use of Shackles on Youth in Family Court
It is now illegal to place “shackles, handcuffs, irons and straitjackets” on children appearing before the New York family courts.
Cal Grant Expansion: Newsom Vetoes Game-Changer Bill for 150,000 College Students
California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) vetoed the most consequential legislation to college financial aid reform in a generation.
Hidden Foster Care
The federal government reports there are roughly 425,000 children across the United States living in foster care. The real number appears to be much, much higher — a little known shadow system known as hidden foster care.
Youth Voice Writing Contest 2021 Finalists & Winners
Each year, Fostering Media Connections hosts the Youth Voice Writing Contest — an opportunity for youth with experience in the child welfare or juvenile justice systems to write about their experiences.
The Space between Life, Death and Opportunity: When I Was 16
On April 20, 2021, Ma’Khia Bryant was killed by a police officer outside of the foster home she was living in.
New Texas Law Curtails Power of Pediatricians Contracted by CPS
A new Texas law entitles parents under suspicion for physically harming their children to the right to a second medical opinion and in-person exams.
Los Angeles County Probation Burdens Youth with Fines for Low-Level Offenses, in Contrast with Justice Reforms
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is considering whether to phase out the probation department's involvement with the Citation Diversion Program.
Stranded in the ER: Can California Change its Treatment of Kids in Crisis?
As a crisis unfolds in California's emergency rooms, a controversial bill that aims to help children is awaiting Gov. Gavin Newsom's signature.