California Foster Youth Must Make UBI Payments Work Along With Other Public Assistance
In July, California created the first statewide UBI, with monthly payments to former foster youth. Lawmakers and advocates are working to ensure the payments don't hinder other forms of public assistance.
Nevada’s Vulnerable Youth Offered Healing through Yoga
The yoga teachers with Reno nonprofit Urban Lotus guide youth toward healing through trauma-informed movement classes.
California Weighs Protections for Parenting Foster Youth
A California bill on Gov. Gavin Newsom's desk would put protections into place for parenting foster youth, to help address intergenerational involvement in the child welfare system.
New Washington Laws Aim to Interrupt Foster Care-to-Prison Pipeline
Two new Washington laws aim to disrupt the foster care-to-prison pipeline through community transition programs and educational opportunities.
A Village Apart: Lummi Nation Creates a Unique Community to Support Families
Sche'lang’en Village, which opened in 2017, is a housing development that preserves Native American families by providing support and opportunities for transformational life changes.
California Approves First State-Guaranteed Income For Foster Youth
In a historic move to support young adults raised by the government, a monthly check of up to $1,000 — with no restrictions and no strings attached — will be sent to thousands of California foster youth once they leave the state’s custody, guaranteeing them the first statewide universal basic income.
‘New Government Benefit’ Providing Cell Phones to California Foster Youth Made Permanent
Thousands more California foster youth between 13 and 26 will have the opportunity to receive free cell phones with online access following a Thursday vote by California’s public utility commission.
Washington Youth Struggle with Mental Health as State is Stretched to Serve Them
Poor mental health is a crisis in Washington, especially among young people. In February, Gov. Jay Inslee issued an emergency proclamation to address the issue.
Washington Will End Foster Youth Placement in Hotels, Offices and Cars
Washington youth will no longer sleep in cars, offices and hotel rooms while in foster care, under a proposed agreement between children’s lawyers and the Department of Children, Youth, and Families.
Minneapolis Lawyers Rely on ‘Gold Standard’ Law to Keep Native American Families Together
To examine the Indian Child Welfare Act and its impact, The Imprint reviewed summaries of 40 cases handled last fall by a leading nonprofit law firm in Minnesota, where Native American children are removed from their parents at a rate unseen elsewhere in the country. The review revealed that the federal law has a clear benefit for the children it is designed to protect — and without it, those rights would be greatly diminished.
Keyon’s Case Heads to Washington Supreme Court
After the child was placed with strangers, his family fought the system on two fronts
Program Helping Homeless Students on Washington College Campuses Seeks to Expand During Pandemic
Washington State Aims to Better Serve Diverse Homeless Youth in Prevention Programs
Behavioral Health Funding for Washington Homeless Youth in Jeopardy
When Spokane’s Crosswalk teen shelter hired behavioral health counselor Kaitlyn Lee last year with money from a new state grant, part of her job was to shoot pool in the common room with the teenagers.
New Washington State Senator’s Bill for Foster Kids Advances with Unanimous Support
Washington Youth Flex Lobbying Might on Rights of Native Americans, Homelessness and Foster Youth
When teens and young adults who’ve lived through homelessness and foster care gather this year to tell Washington state policymakers what their peers need most, the youth advocates will have three priorities: they want lawyers for every foster child, a task force to focus on the experience of Native Americans and better support for the newly independent.
Washington State Sued for ‘Warehousing’ Foster Youth with Disabilities in Hotels, Offices
Tacoma Youth, Young Adults Find Shelter During Pandemic
In one of the nation's hottest real estate markets, an innovative housing projects keeps youth and young adults out of homelessness
Rocky Start for Washington Law Forbidding Discharges to Homelessness
A state law passed in 2018 was supposed to end the practice of youth exiting foster care into homelessness, and better protect homeless youth who are at risk of physical and sexual assault, human trafficking and emotional trauma.
Seattle-Area New Homelessness Authority Centers Lived Experience
A New Call for Humane Treatment of Washington Foster Youth Sleeping in Hotels and Offices
Washington State Program Aims to End Youth Homelessness in Four Counties By End of Next Year
She had been homeless and struggling with depression and suicidal thoughts over three difficult years, when Elsa St Clair was released in January from an Idaho psychiatric hospital. Today, the 24-year-old enjoys a reliable internet connection in a Spokane apartment that she’s decorated with the flag of Eastern Washington University, where she hopes to study nursing.
Second Black Senator in Washington History Rose From Youth Homelessness
Homeless in the Washington Foster Care System: Kids Left Behind After the Last Recession
Homeless and in Foster Care: Hundreds of Washington Youth Sleeping in Offices, Hotel Rooms and Even Cars
Student Homelessness Prevented on Washington College Campuses As New School Year Commences