Alabama Juvenile Justice Agency Eases Hiring Ban on Applicants with Child Neglect Charges

Alabama’s Department of Youth Services can now hire people with previous findings of neglect, which once made applicants ineligible.

Life Altered for One Texas Family Determined to Protect Transgender Child


Top Stories of 2022: States Target Transgender Youth and Their Families

In 2022, The Imprint reported on state policies that used child protective services to target transgender youth and their families.


Alabama Youth Ranch Celebrates the Lives of Eight Children Killed in Fiery Traffic Crash

Girls housed on the Alabama Sheriffs Girls Ranch on a beach trip in mid-June. Photo courtesy of Alabama Sheriffs Girls Ranch.
Eight children killed in a 17-car pileup on a slick Alabama highway a month ago were celebrated Thursday by hundreds of mourners who lined the pews of a megachurch and watched doves released into the open sky. 

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Class-Action Lawsuit in Alabama Alleges Mistreatment of Foster Youth

Alabama’s child welfare agency unnecessarily “segregates” foster youth with mental health problems in a complex of 19 psychiatric institutions, when most could be cared for in the community, according to a class-action lawsuit filed today.

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While Trump Separated Families, One of His Appointees Fought To Keep Them Together. Will Biden Keep Him Around?

Jerry Milner testifies before a House Ways and Means subcommittee about implementation of the Family First Prevention Services Act in July of 2018.
In June of 2018, at the height of the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” border policy separating thousands of migrant children from their parents, one presidential appointee delivered a very different message to a small group of American parents who had struggled with the foster care system: Jerry Milner, head of the U.S.


Report: Anti-LGBTQ Laws Across the U.S. Hamper a Huge, Untapped Pool of Prospective Adoptive and Foster Parents

Since the U.S. legalized same-sex marriage in 2015, several states have passed laws allowing publicly funded child welfare organizations to exclude millions of LGBTQ adults as potential foster parents. This, combined with a Trump administration executive order on religious liberty, is cause for concern over the future of child welfare programs, according to a new policy brief from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC).


    California’s Travel Ban Targets Three States Over Child Welfare Laws

    California will prohibit state-funded or state-sponsored travel to four states have passed legislative bills deemed discriminatory against the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning) community, California’s attorney general announced on Thursday.


    A Three-Branch Approach to Child Welfare Reform

    When the Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities released its groundbreaking report this past March, it helped launch a national dialogue about child safety, and most importantly, shifted the current narrative around maltreatment-related fatalities in a significant way.