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Madison Hunt

Madison Hunt is a New York-based reporter for The Imprint covering child welfare and the youth justice system. She can be reached at [email protected]

New York City Expands Batterer Intervention Programs

11/30/2022

New York City Expands Domestic Violence Intervention Program

New York City expands programs for people who have been abusive within their families, and those they've harmed.

Lawsuit Alleges New York Created ‘Extremely Harmful’ Shadow Foster Care System

11/16/2022

Head of New York State’s Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Agency to Step Down

The head of child welfare and juvenile justice in New York state, Commissioner Sheila Poole, will leave her position in December.

Records Show Abuse in New York Detention Center Where Teen Died

11/1/2022

Teenager Dies in New York Juvenile Detention Facility

A 19 year old held at the Capital District Juvenile Secure Detention Facility in Albany, New York, died while in custody last week.

New York High Court Favors Out-of-State Parents Seeking Custody of Foster Children

10/26/2022

New York High Court Favors Out-of-State Parents Seeking Custody of Foster Children

This week, the New York’s highest court struck down regulatory hurdles that kept foster youth separated from out-of-state parents.

Angela Davis Inspires ‘Family Defense Movement’ Activists

10/17/2022

Angela Davis Inspires ‘Family Defense Movement’ Activists

Prison abolitionist Angela Davis contributed her voice to the growing movement of activists calling for an end to the child welfare system.

10/13/2022

New York City Aims to Reduce Children’s Stays in Temporary Foster Care Facilities 

A member of the New York City Council introduced a bill that would establish oversight on foster children's stays in temporary facilities.

10/5/2022

New York City Pledges New Investment in Foster Youth College Expenses

New York City Mayor Eric Adams with college student Sanjida Afruz during a Tuesday press conference to announce the new College Choice initiative. Photo courtesy of the Mayor’s Office.
A new program will offer financial assistance to help cover college expenses for hundreds of New York City students in foster care. 

Parents of New York School Children Want More Support for their Kids and Families

9/29/2022

Parents of New York School Children Want More Support for their Kids and Families

A survey of parents with kids in Monroe Country, New York revealed concerns that schools aren't providing adequate social, emotional or academic support.

Human Rights Watch Grades States on Children’s Rights: No ‘As’ or ‘Bs’. Most States Get ‘Ds’ and ‘Fs’

9/13/2022

Human Rights Watch Grades States on Children’s Rights: No ‘As’ or ‘Bs’. Most States Get ‘Ds’ and ‘Fs’

A new state-by-state analysis of how well America meets international standards on protecting its children gave low grades to every state.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams, pictured in a white shirt, in a press conference about addressing youth homelessness with a plan led by youth with experience.

8/17/2022

To Address Youth Homelessness, New York City Turns to Those with Experience

In New York City, young people with lived experience are driving the overhaul of its network of care for homeless youth.

Image of a non-identifiable young person in jeans and a t-shirt on a couch with his hands folded for story "New York City Community Teams Aim to Meet Psychiatric Needs of Low-Income Youth"

8/10/2022

New York City Community Teams Aim to Meet Psychiatric Needs of Low-Income Youth

A new team of community workers is providing 24-hour psychiatric support to low-income youth in Brooklyn, with plans to expand citywide.

New York’s Top Judge Resigns

7/13/2022

New York’s Top Judge Resigns

Chief Judge Janet DiFiore, who presides over New York's courts, announced her resignation early this week.

Let the Child Tax Credit Work

6/29/2022

New York City Mayor Announces Investments in Child Care

New York City Mayor Eric Adams has released an ambitious plan to expand subsidized child care and early childhood education programs.

New York City Foster Youth Graduation Rates Found Far Lower Than Previously Known

6/22/2022

New York City Foster Youth Graduation Rates Found Far Lower Than Previously Known

A recent study found only one in four foster youth in New York City graduate from high school on time.

6/6/2022

New York Lawmakers Reject Parents’ Rights Bills

New York lawmakers did not pass three proposed laws that would have expanded the due process rights of parents in the child welfare system.

Pennsylvania Parents Sue State Over “Unconstitutional” Child Abuse Registry

5/19/2022

‘Weaponizing’ Calls to CPS Hotline: New York Legislation Would Deter False Reports

New York lawmakers are deciding whether to pass legislation that would reduce false allegations made to the Statewide Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment.

Dorothy Roberts’ New Book Calls for Foster Care ‘Abolition’ to Better Protect America’s Children and Families

4/28/2022

Dorothy Roberts’ New Book Expands Call for Foster Care ‘Abolition,’ Prompting Praise and Debate

In her most recent book, Dorothy Roberts says the child welfare system must be abolished and replaced, not reformed.

New York Campaign Aims to Stop ‘Womb-to-Foster Care Pipeline’

4/13/2022

New York Campaign Aims to Stop ‘Womb-to-Foster Care Pipeline’

In New York, a new campaign calls for passage of a bill that would require consent before drug testing a new or pregnant mother.

ACS protestors in NYC

3/23/2022

New Civil Rights Organization Dedicated to Families’ Rights Launches in New York City

With the backing of some of the city’s most prominent parents’ rights activists and legal advocates for children and families, the Family Justice Law Center said its work will involve challenges to the “entrenched abuses of government power” that disproportionately sweep up Black and Latino children and families.

3/15/2022

A New Podcast Speaks to Black Girls’ Experience in Foster Care

Five Black women share the essence of sisterhood on a new podcast, where they discuss growing up within a fractured child welfare system.

New York City Mayor Proposes Investments in Foster Youth and Summer Jobs for Teens

2/16/2022

New York City Mayor Proposes Investments in Foster Youth and Summer Jobs for Teens

In his budget plan for 2023, New York City Mayor Eric Adams pledged to invest millions of dollars in support for foster youth transitioning to adulthood and summer job opportunities for young people.

New York City Court Dysfunction Found to Have ‘Caused Harm to Thousands of Families’

2/10/2022

New York City Court Dysfunction Found to Have ‘Caused Harm to Thousands of Families’

A recent report detailed what happened when COVID-19 took hold of the New York City family court: backlogged cases, unmanageable caseloads and "harm to thousands of families."

New York City Mayor’s Plan to Address Gun Violence Would Roll Back Juvenile Justice Reforms, Critics Say

1/28/2022

New York City Mayor’s Plan to Address Gun Violence Would Roll Back Juvenile Justice Reforms, Critics Say

One aspect of New York City Mayor Eric Adams' plan to end gun violence would roll back recent juvenile justice reforms, critics say.

Nonprofits in New York City Struggle to Keep Child Welfare Workers

1/27/2022

Nonprofits in New York City Struggle to Keep Child Welfare Workers

New York City's child welfare nonprofits facing high job vacancy rates are calling for greater public investment to find and retain staff.

‘Miranda Warning’-style Bill for Parents Fails in New York City Council

12/16/2021

‘Miranda Warning’-style Bill for Parents Fails in New York City Council

A bill that would have required social workers to inform parents of their right to legal counsel at the start of an investigation has failed to get a vote during the last City Council voting day for the year.

New York City’s Mayor-elect Eric Adams Announces Transition Team

12/13/2021

New York City’s Mayor-elect Eric Adams Announces Transition Team

Dozens of influential players in the New York City child welfare ecosystem are advising Mayor-elect Eric Adams on his future administration.

New York City Has New Administrative Judge to Tackle Troubles in Family Court

11/30/2021

New York City Has New Administrative Judge to Tackle Troubles in Family Court

Overseeing family court in New York City’s five boroughs is now the job of Queens-raised Chief Administrative Judge Anne-Marie Jolly.

New York Class-Action Lawsuit Alleges Kin Caregivers are Denied Rights

11/11/2021

New York Class-Action Lawsuit Alleges Kin Caregivers are Denied Rights by Foster Care System

Legal advocates for children in New York City have filed a class-action lawsuit class-action lawsuit against the city and state alleging child welfare officials unjustly prevent relatives from becoming foster parents.

Los Angeles Leaders Aim to Prevent “Housing Cliff” for 1,100 Aging Out of Foster Care Dec. 31

11/9/2021

Advocates Want More Done For New York City’s Thousands of Homeless Students

A report released Monday by Advocates for Children of New York found that more than 101,000 New York City students were homeless during the 2020-21 academic year.

New York’s Family Court Attorneys File Lawsuit for Better Pay

11/1/2021

New York’s Family Court Attorneys File Lawsuit for Better Pay

Ten New York bar associations representing attorneys in family courts have filed a lawsuit against the city and state to increase their pay.

10/19/2021

Child Welfare, Youth Justice Program Leaders Among Winners of New York’s David Prize

The creators of a nonprofit helping foster youth age out of the system, and a program to better launch young adults leaving lockups are among five New Yorkers awarded a prestigious local prize for their innovation.

Hochul Signed Law Prohibiting Use of Shackles on Youth in Family Court

10/13/2021

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul Signed Law Prohibiting Use of Shackles on Youth in Family Court

It is now illegal to place “shackles, handcuffs, irons and straitjackets” on children appearing before the New York family courts.

10/1/2021

New York City Foster Youth Have a Stage, Healing Space with “Foster Care Unplugged”

A group actors who have experienced the foster care system take to the stage this weekend in "Foster Care Unplugged, The Stage Play Part Two."