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Funding, Policies for Washington’s Homeless Youth Are Not Sufficient
Young people are our most precious and vulnerable asset, and should be treated accordingly. Washington state should invest more to make that happen and remove barriers for homeless youth.
After Spending the Most Precious Years of My Life as a Foster Child, I Am Now Changing the System
Surrounded by the effects of poverty in the heart of East Oakland, Calif., I arrived in 1989 as the fourth of my mother’s eight children. We lived without access to the resources critical for survival due to my father’s incarceration in a Louisiana state prison, where he has been serving a life sentence for the past 25 years.
Black Male Teachers a Rare and More Precious Resource in Wake of George Floyd Killing
Some of Edward Tillman’s friends have avoided watching footage of the killing of George Floyd — the 46-year-old black man a Minneapolis police officer suffocated last week while placing him under arrest.
Child Welfare Ideas from the Experts, #2: Incentivize Psychotropic Accountability
The Imprint is highlighting each of the policy recommendations made this summer by the participants of the Foster Youth Internship Program (FYI), a group of 12 former foster youths who have completed congressional internships.
Communication, Transparency Needed on Use of Psych Meds, Study Says
Preliminary findings of a study examining the use of psychotropic drugs to treat foster youth and juvenile offenders suggest a need for increased transparency and communication among service providers. The Chronicle reported last week that Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee planned to “play offense” on this issue.
The Healing Power of Stories
“Tell me a story, dad.” Those words gladdened my heart. What a marvelous opportunity to share a personal moment with my child. Stories offer a more complete package, a pathway beyond ordinary conversation, the chance to tell a deeper truth.
‘We Should Not Be Here Today’: Ma’Khia Bryant, 16, Mourned, Celebrated at Her Funeral
Clergy and leaders from across the country joined the family of 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant at her funeral Friday to honor the teen’s “vibrant” spirit, grieve her unfinished life, and call for communities to better protect vulnerable young people — particularly other Black girls and foster children.
Chauvin Guilty Verdict: ‘Today we mourn. Tonight we dream. Tomorrow, we continue the fight’
Fear Mongering Won’t Help Keep Kids Safe
We’ve all heard the refrain that it takes a village to raise a child. But what if your village is out to get you? Since March, the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) has been encouraging the public (through a veritable media blitz) to call in and report anything that could be child abuse.
Amid Pandemic, Congress Considers Giving Parents More Time to Reunify with Kids in Foster Care
A bill now before Congress would suspend deadlines for child welfare agencies across the country to seek the most extreme consequences in America’s civil legal system: termination of parental rights.