Teen Held in New York Juvenile Detention Died of Fentanyl Overdose, Lawsuit Says
Suit alleges employee with more than a dozen prior felony convictions smuggled drugs into the facility and failed to do required check-ins.
A ‘Flabbergasted’ Federal Judge Tells Texas ‘There Are Children Dying and Being Injured On Your Watch’
An exasperated federal judge rebuked Texas child welfare leaders yet again, saying they do more to protect their bureaucracy than children.
Hundreds of Kids in Texas Foster Care Were Still Sleeping in Hotels or Other Unlicensed Placements Last Month
More than 250 children in Texas foster care slept in hotels, offices or other unorthodox housing last month, as the state struggles to provide stable placements for kids.
Four California Counties Join Effort to End the Incarceration of Girls
Four California counties will receive funds to work toward an ambitious goal in the field of juvenile justice: ending incarceration of girls.
Texas Bill To Increase Rights for Parents Under Investigation Passes State House and Senate
A Texas bill that aims to improve due process protections for parents involved in child welfare cases is headed to the governor's' desk.
State Regulators Shut Down Two Juvenile Halls in Los Angeles County, Citing ‘Unsuitable’ Conditions
California state regulators voted to revoke Los Angeles County’s license to operate its two juvenile halls, citing “unsuitable” conditions.
New York Child Welfare Workers Illegally Separated Newborn From His Mother Over Cannabis Allegations, Lawsuit Alleges
A federal lawsuit alleges a mother was separated from her newborn solely on the basis of a non-consensual marijuana drug test.
States Nationwide ‘Professionalize’ Foster Parenting to Better Support Youth
Therapeutic foster care, which aims to keep kids out of psychiatric units and group care facilities, is evident around the country.
Washington State Plans to Move Foster Youth Out of Hotels and Offices
A lawsuit settlement in Washington includes plans to properly house young people in mental health crises and living with disabilities.
Texas Lawmaker’s Proposal Aims to Regulate ‘Hidden Foster Care’
Northern California Probation Officer Sexually Abused Children, Lawsuit Alleges
A probation officer sexually abused children for years, according to 11 lawsuits filed against the California county where he once worked.
Former Residents of New York Group Care Facilities Want to Know if Anyone Hears Their Cries
Children’s advocates have published accounts of 80 young New Yorkers sent to foster care group facilities, hoping to prompt officials to act.
New York Announces New Mandated Reporter Training to Reduce ‘Unwarranted’ Child Maltreatment Reports
New York has revised its mandated reporter training to root out the “implicit bias component” in reporting suspected abuse or neglect.
Los Angeles County Renews Pledge to Stop Incarcerating Girls
LA County Supervisors voted unanimously to work toward ending the incarceration of girls, part of a national effort that's gaining momentum.
With Budget Surplus, Texas Lawmakers Will Consider Investments in Child Welfare
Buoyed by a budget surplus, Texas considers a slew of decisions aimed at improving the state’s troubled foster care and juvenile justice systems.
Alarming Information Emerges About Alleged Assault of Two Texas Foster Youth
New details emerged about two young teenagers who were allegedly sexually assaulted while under the care of Texas’ Department of Family and Protective Services.
Violence Intervention that Starts in the Hospital: How California is Paying for it with Public Health Funds
In California, a new law makes violence preventative services a benefit under Medi-Cal, ensuring professionals doing frontline work are funded.
Foster Care Failed to Protect Two Texas Teens from Sexual Assault
Two teenagers who were allegedly sexually assaulted in October were in foster care at the time, outside of a formal, licensed placement.
Decades-old Lawsuit to Reform Washington’s Foster Care System Is Resolved
New York Aims to Tackle Child Poverty
Late last year, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul signed a law creating a special council to address child poverty. The council will meet for the first time this week.
A Terrible New Number Emerges: Lawsuit Alleges at Least 70 Girls Were Sexually Abused by Los Angeles Juvenile Probation Staff
Two lawsuits claim that Los Angeles County probation staff raped, molested and harassed at least 70 girls in youth detention centers.
A Proposed Law Would Give Trans Youth Refuge in California
California legislators are poised to make their state a refuge for transgender youth seeking gender-affirming care and their families.