Closing the Book on “Kids for Cash”
On this week’s podcast we discuss developments in the legal battles over access to gender-affirming care for youth, the U.N.’s critique of American child welfare laws, and problems with the planned closure of California’s state-run youth prisons.
Last month, a U.S. district court ordered two former judges to pay damages totaling $206 million to families that were caught up in what came to be known as the Kids for Cash Scandal in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. Marsha Levick of the Juvenile Law Center, who helped expose the scandal, joins to reflect on the lessons of this insanely dark moment in juvenile justice history.
Court: Arkansas Can’t Ban Treatment of Transgender Kids
A Proposed Law Would Give Trans Youth Refuge in California
UN Committee Suggests the US Change or Repeal Major Child Welfare Policies
Washington Will Stop Using Child Support to Fund Foster Care
California’s Historic Shuttering of State-run Youth Prisons is Moving Forward, But Remains Far From its Progressive Vision
Child Welfare Ideas from The Experts
Judges in “Kids for Cash” Scandal Must Compensate Families
Zero Tolerance Breeds Zero Justice