New York Lawmakers Want Limits on Collection of Kids’ DNA
In New York City, a middle-schooler pulled over by police could end up in a largely secretive DNA database simply for sipping a soda during questioning, whether or not they are ever implicated in a crime — a practice some lawmakers and justice advocates want to eradicate statewide.
California Justices Hear Challenge to Law Keeping Young Teens Out of Adult Court
After a prolonged effort by county district attorneys to reverse a 2018 state law, the California Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in a case that will determine whether children under age 16 can be prosecuted in adult court, regardless of the severity of their crime.
Sunday, 9 p.m. EST: Lisa Ling Explores The Nexus of Heroin and Child Welfare
Ohio spends less on child welfare than any system in the nation. It has also been hit harder than almost any other state by the opioid crisis, which has continued unabated – perhaps worsened by – the coronavirus pandemic.
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.
December 17 @ 10:00 am
Webinar: Reform is the Destination. Tech is the Road.
New York Moves Closer to Barring Dangerous Physical Restraints for Foster Youth, Following Michigan Child’s Killing
Settlement Expands Rights of Homeless and Runaway Youth in New York City
A federal judge has greenlighted a class-action settlement that expands the right of homeless or runaway youth in New York City to access essential programs and services, including group home beds, mental health services and a chance to appeal expulsions they consider unfair.
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.
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.
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.