California Legislature Introduces Its Plan for the Closure of State’s Youth Prisons
Leaders of the California Assembly and Senate presented detailed plans this week on how the state should shut down its aging and outmoded youth prison system – a revised approach to the youngest and most serious offenders that keeps them out of adult prisons and provides increased oversight of county-run detention facilities and programs.
House Introduces Its Child Welfare Stimulus Package
The House Ways and Means Committee dropped a bipartisan bill today that would prevent youth from aging out of foster care during the coronavirus pandemic and provide additional federal cash to state child welfare agencies.
Bay Area DA Calls for Closure of Juvenile Hall, Investing in Community Alternatives
Less than a week after joining dozens of other prosecutors, corrections officials and probation chiefs in signing an open letter calling for the closure of all youth prisons, one California district attorney took her first official step toward doing just that in her own county.
National Youth Mentoring Model Faces Rigorous Final Test
A federal grant will allow for the completion of a major study on the effect of long-term professional mentoring on at-risk youth.
The Sad Omission of Child Welfare from Mainstream Discussion on Race
Tehra Coles, Zainab Akbar, Emma Ketteringham, Lauren Shapiro
As thousands of Black people and their allies are protesting the systemic racism and police brutality that have been part of the fabric of this society for centuries, some white Americans appear ready to discuss the damage that oppression has done to Black and brown people.
As Hotline Calls Plummeted, Michigan Did Some Dialing of Its Own
It is safe to say that without the benefit of hindsight, no child welfare agency got it totally right in responding to the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. But Michigan child welfare director, JooYeun Chang, said that an unrelated assessment of her agency, finished months before the virus hit our shores, was fortuitous in helping to shape a creative response to COVID-19.
California Bill Seeks Strengthened Miranda Rights for Minors
Recommendation to Check Abuse Reports with Medicaid Based on Questionable Analysis
Last month, an inspector general report out of the Department of Health and Human Services recommended that Medicaid data can be used “to identify instances of potential child abuse or neglect.”
Michigan Latest State to Target Adoption of Older Foster Youth
Statistics show that the longer kids are in foster care, the harder it is to place them permanently in a loving home.
Federal Audit Slams Kansas Child Welfare System
Federal auditors recently faulted Kansas’ Department for Children and Families for allowing residents of its foster care group homes to be chronically exposed to potentially hazardous conditions, even though the state regularly inspected the facilities.