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Annie Sciacca

Annie Sciacca is a freelance reporter for The Imprint based in Oakland, California. She can be reached at [email protected].

In Texas, New Laws and Policies Have Resulted in Far Fewer Children Removed by CPS From Their Homes

4/23/2024

In Texas, New Laws and Policies Have Resulted in Far Fewer Children Removed by CPS From Their Homes

In Texas, policy changes and state legislation have lessened the state's reliance on foster care.

1/3/2024

New York Will Use Public Health Dollars to Curb Youth Violence

New York is the latest state to pass legislation aimed at curbing youth violence through the use of Medicaid funds.

College Grant Program for Minnesota Foster Youth a Victim of its Own Success

10/24/2023

In New York, More Data Needed to Help Students in Foster Care, Experts Say

Educational researchers say data being kept by New York and other states is not sufficient to drill down on where schools are failing to support foster youth and to serve their particular needs.

10/11/2023

You Have the Right to Refuse CPS Entry: Texas Launches Miranda-style Warnings to Parents Under Investigation for Child Maltreatment

A new Texas "Miranda" law designed to inform parents under investigation for child maltreatment of their due process rights is now in effect.

7/14/2023

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.

6/27/2023

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.

6/12/2023

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. 

5/31/2023

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.

5/30/2023

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.

5/23/2023

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.

As New York legalizes marijuana, parent advocates push child welfare agencies to be less punitive

5/19/2023

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.

5/10/2023

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.

5/4/2023

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. 

Out of State, Out of Mind

3/14/2023

Texas Lawmaker’s Proposal Aims to Regulate ‘Hidden Foster Care’

Illustration by Christine Ongjoco.
For a second time in the past year, Texas lawmakers are considering placing guardrails on a common but little-discussed social work practice known as “hidden foster care” that affects thousands of state residents a year.

2/28/2023

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.

2/26/2023

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. 

2/15/2023

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.

More Housing Will Soon Open Up for L.A. Former Foster Youth

2/7/2023

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.

1/25/2023

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.

1/24/2023

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

12/8/2022

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

12/1/2022

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

11/21/2022

Decades-old Lawsuit to Reform Washington’s Foster Care System Is Resolved

A Seattle office of the Washington State Department of Children, Youth and Families. Photo by Espen James.
A landmark lawsuit over the poor treatment of children in Washington’s foster care system has come to an end, more than two decades after it was filed.

New York Governor Quietly Pitches Gun Violence Response That Includes Youth Justice Reform Rollbacks

10/12/2022

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.

Lawsuit Alleges at Least 70 Girls Were Sexually Abused by Los Angeles Juvenile Probation Staff

8/25/2022

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.

California lawmaker Scott Wiener (D) introduced Senate Bill 107 to make the state a refuge for trans children seeking health care

8/22/2022

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.

California Assemblymember Chris Holden, pictured in a brown seat speaking into a microphone, has authored a bill that would ban police from lying to minors during interrogations

8/11/2022

California Bill Would Bar Police from Lying to Kids During Interrogations

A bill moving through California's Legislature would stop law enforcement from using deceptive tactics on children during interrogations.