Pursuing Peace Instead of Packing Prisons
Children who are placed in prisons are being traumatized when they should be receiving rehabilitation and education, writes Jessica Castillo.
Through Rose-Colored Lenses
Youth Voice Writing Contest essay winner Jessica Castillo writes about how safety can sometimes be with a foster youth's biological family.
Fewer Adults are Willing to Care for Older Kids in Foster Care
Older kids are not defined by their age, so their age shouldn’t be a factor in deciding to care for them, writes Jessica Castillo.
Should Birth Control Be Mandatory for Youth in Foster Care?
Decisions regarding foster youth’s bodies and their reproductive health should not be up to anyone but themselves, writes Jessica Castillo.
Foster Parents Need to be Trained to be Loving and Welcoming to Youth of All Genders and Sexualities
Foster parents need to be trained to welcome youth of all genders and sexualities, says Youth Voice writer Jessica Castillo.