When Foster Parents Don’t Want to Give Back the Baby


When Foster Parents Don’t Want to Give Back the Baby

In many states, adoption lawyers are pushing a new legal strategy that forces biological parents to compete for custody of their children.

Pregnant women struggling with addiction need early and effective paths to sobriety. This would both decrease the effects of drug exposure in the infants and decrease the likelihood of foster care by giving moms a longer runway for recovery


We Can Reduce the Need for Special Education through Better Drug Treatment

Pregnant women struggling with drug addiction need early and effective paths to sobriety, writes Darcy Olsen.

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A Road Without End

The next iteration of child welfare work should take a page from the recovery community, writes Paul DiLorenzo.

A Team of Washington Lawyers and Advocates Works to Avoid Foster Care Separation at Birth


Keeping Moms With Their Newborns: A Team of Washington Lawyers and Advocates Works to Avoid Foster Care Separation at Birth

In Washington, the nonprofit FIRST Clinic provides legal and other types of support to sustain bonds between addicted moms and newborns.

Vulnerable Youth in Nevada Offered Healing Through Yoga


Nevada’s Vulnerable Youth Offered Healing through Yoga

The yoga teachers with Reno nonprofit Urban Lotus guide youth toward healing through trauma-informed movement classes.


Despite the Challenges of the Past, I Have Hope for My Future

Sabrina Alvarez shares her challenges overcoming her early childhood.
I’m not going to start my story with “I have always felt like I never fit in” or “I have overcome all my struggles” because that wouldn’t be true.

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    Sobriety Support Program Among A Dozen New Candidates for Federal Child Welfare Funding

    A popular model that supports child welfare-involved parents through addiction treatment is among 12 new candidates under review for new federal funding.  Sobriety Treatment And Recovery Teams, known as START, is a model started in Kentucky that hinges on a specially trained caseworker and rapid access to substance abuse services.

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    Her Mom Had an Addiction, Then New York City Child Welfare Intervened

    Written by K.G., an anonymous 17-year-old from New York City. Names have been changed.  I met Ms. Taylor, from New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services (ACS), in the hospital where my mom was detoxing.


    The American Misunderstanding on Addiction Continues

    A recent report by the Pew Charitable Trusts indicates that around 50 percent of the population does not believe that addictions are diseases. The respondents emphasized free choice over factors like poverty, racism, hopelessness or biology.