New York Lawmaker Pushes City Agencies to Fast-Track Youth Rental Assistance
Visibly frustrated with two city agencies responsible for preventing homelessness among young adults aging out of foster care, a New York City Council member said in a virtual public meeting Tuesday he would force changes through legislation to grant easier access to housing vouchers for youth with no home to call their own.
Foster Youth Nationwide Gain Priority for Free Online Tutoring
As students across the country struggle to keep up with their schoolwork while sheltering from the coronavirus, tens of thousands of foster youth will now have access to one-on-one support from a free tutoring program being rolled out nationwide.
Sticker Shock: The Cost of New York’s Youth Prisons Approaches $1 Million Per Kid
A dozen years ago, New York state revealed that taxpayers were shelling out $140,000 to $200,000 each year to house each young person in the state’s juvenile facilities.
L.A. County Moves A Step Forward in a New Approach to Juvenile Justice
Supporting radical changes to its juvenile justice system, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday endorsed a sweeping plan that would move hundreds of young people out of juvenile halls and detention camps run by the Probation Department.
Youth Sound Off: Racism and Police Brutality
Between COVID-19 and the widely publicized incidents of police brutality in the U.S., the summer of 2020 was highly charged. We reached out to young people with systems experience across the country to see what they were thinking about and what their experiences had been when it comes to racism and policing in America.
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.
New York City Moves to Limit Drug Testing of Pregnant Women
Report: As California Closes Juvenile Lockups, Counties Fail to Support Intended Rehabilitation
As California prepares for a major shake-up of its juvenile justice system, a new report suggests that counties are increasingly relying on jail-like juvenile halls to hold youth for long periods of time on indeterminate sentences.
Biden Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Leaders: Some Logical Candidates
Team Biden has already started to fill in White House leadership amidst what promises to be the most awkward transition in modern history. It won’t be long until it’s time to start filling in nominees across the executive branch, including some of the key positions on child welfare and juvenile justice.
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.
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.