Raising the Age, Cleaning the Slate with Jason Smith
We discuss several headlines related to litigation in the child welfare space, including two states exiting class-action lawsuits after decades and a new legal center aimed at fighting removals into foster care. Also: MacKenzie Scott drops unrestricted grants on youth organizations, and a great new visualization tool on racial and ethnic disproportionality in foster care.
Jason Smith, executive director of the Michigan Center for Youth Justice, joins to discuss how Michigan’s recent reforms of its juvenile justice system, and what’s changed since the 2020 death of Cornelius Fredericks.
Agreement Reached on New Jersey Plan to Exit Decades-Old Child Welfare Lawsuit
Federal Court Approves End to Child Welfare Lawsuit in Connecticut, Citing Dramatic Improvements for Children and Families
South Carolina Short Term Action Plan
New Civil Rights Organization Dedicated to Families’ Rights Launches in New York City
Billionaire MacKenzie Scott Supports Child Welfare, Youth Justice Organizations
Disproportionality Rates for Children of Color in Foster Care Dashboard (2010-2020)
Michigan Raises the Age, Includes 17-Year-Olds in Juvenile Justice System
Michigan Raise The Age Law on Track to Pass, Leaving Three States with Juvenile Age Under 18