California Youth Connection Welcomes Back a Familiar Face After Recent Turmoil

The California Youth Connection has announced Robin Allen as its new interim executive director, following a chaotic few weeks for the foster youth advocacy group that saw former director Haydee Cuza resign after laying off more than half of the organization’s staff in the middle of a global pandemic. 


California Youth Connection Exec Resigns Days After Announcing Layoffs, Plans to Restructure

Haydée Cuza, who helped establish the California Youth Connection (CYC) advocacy group in 1988 and became its executive director in 2016, resigned Monday night, less than a week after she laid off most of her staff in the middle of the global coronavirus pandemic.

California Youth Connection, whose staff are pictured here, announced a merger with Foster Youth in Action on June 18.


California Youth Connection Abruptly Lays Off Most Staff to ‘Restructure’ Amid Pandemic

In an astounding response to the coronavirus pandemic that stunned the California child welfare field, one of the most vaunted foster youth advocacy organizations in the nation laid off most of its staff this week, the majority former foster youth.


Six Honored by Casey’s 2020 Excellence for Children Awards

The Seattle-based Casey Family Programs has awarded six people with an Excellence for Children Award, an honor given out each year by the foundation to recognize “exceptional work and advocacy for children and families impacted by the child welfare system.”



Top Stories of 2019: The Loss of a Lion in Child Welfare

We’re counting down 10 of the biggest stories The Imprint published in 2019. Each day, we’ll connect readers with a few links to our coverage on a big story from this past year.

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Big Funders Pool $12.5 Million for Policy, Advocacy and Research

Some of America’s largest investors in social impact issues got together and mulled over the question: What do organizations involved in social impact work have the hardest time getting money to do?


    Bill Grimm, Veteran Child Welfare Litigator, Honored by American Bar Association

    Bill Grimm, who has helped lead reform-prompting litigation against several state and county child welfare systems, has been awarded the Mark Hardin Award by the American Bar Association Center on Children and The Law.


    Amber Evans, a Rising Star in Juvenile Justice Advocacy, is Still Missing

    Since 2015, Amber Evans has been a key face and driving force behind state and local juvenile justice reform in Ohio. That work was rewarded when the organization she worked for, the Juvenile Justice Coalition (JJC), put her in charge.

    Johnson with foster son Eddie Heights at Heights' high school graduation in 2003. Photo courtesy of Dewayne Johnson


    Top Stories of 2018: Inspiring Stories from the Frontlines

    Each day for the next two weeks, we’ll count down 10 of the biggest stories The Imprint published in 2018. In each, we’ll connect readers with a few links to our coverage of this issue.