Guards Without Masks and Tests With No Results
A 20-year-old Northern California man stepped into freedom late last month, after serving his time in one of the state’s three youth prisons – human warehouses now struggling to beat back the coronavirus before it spreads faster through a population of 775 young people who committed crimes as juveniles.
The Sad Omission of Child Welfare from Mainstream Discussion on Race
Tehra Coles, Zainab Akbar, Emma Ketteringham, Lauren Shapiro
As thousands of Black people and their allies are protesting the systemic racism and police brutality that have been part of the fabric of this society for centuries, some white Americans appear ready to discuss the damage that oppression has done to Black and brown people.
National Youth Mentoring Model Faces Rigorous Final Test
A federal grant will allow for the completion of a major study on the effect of long-term professional mentoring on at-risk youth.
California Bill Seeks Strengthened Miranda Rights for Minors
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.
Child Welfare League of America CEO: Field Must Confront Its Racist Roots
In the nearly two months since the police killing of George Floyd launched a global protest movement against systemic racism, the American child welfare system has experienced its own reckoning.
In June, parents marched through Manhattan, waving signs charging child welfare authorities with “stealing Black babies.”
New Name. New Leadership. Same Mission.
If you have arrived at the site today and are surprised to not see The Chronicle of Social Change masthead, fear not!
The nation’s leading source for child welfare and juvenile justice news has been rebranded under our new name, The Imprint.
California Legislature Introduces Its Plan for the Closure of State’s Youth Prisons
Leaders of the California Assembly and Senate presented detailed plans this week on how the state should shut down its aging and outmoded youth prison system – a revised approach to the youngest and most serious offenders that keeps them out of adult prisons and provides increased oversight of county-run detention facilities and programs.
California Counties Empty Juvenile Halls to Combat COVID-19
Seeking to avoid outbreaks of coronavirus, within a matter of months, county officials across California have dramatically reduced the numbers of youth locked in juvenile detention facilities – a decrease that justice advocates long decrying the over-incarceration of the nation’s young people might once have dreamed of.
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.
Unaccompanied Children At Our Border Are Not a Threat; They’re in Danger
Two weeks ago, U.S. District Judge Carl Nichols drew a line in the sand. The U.S. government had issued a directive requiring border agents to deport unaccompanied children, arguing that they could be vectors and contributing to the spread of COVID-19.