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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.

Youth Homelessness


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.

Child Welfare


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.

Anna Johnson


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.

Children's Mental Health


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.

Blogger Co-Op


‘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.

Foster Care


Chauvin Guilty Verdict: ‘Today we mourn. Tonight we dream. Tomorrow, we continue the fight’

Signs held at protests that took place in the wake of George Floyd’s murder last year by police officers.
Youth and leaders in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems reacted with speed and deep emotion Tuesday to the conviction of Minnesota police officer Derek Chauvin for the brutal killing of George Floyd last year — a murder that moved the entire globe to protest racial injustice and police brutality.



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.

Child Welfare


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.

Child Welfare