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Alliance for Children’s Rights

8/12/2020

It’s Not Just a Few Rotten Apples

Imagine for a moment that leaders of a group called the Association of Really Good Police Departments wrote a column proclaiming their sympathy for the #BlackLivesMatter movement, and even used their rhetoric, beginning the column with “Say his name. George

8/12/2020

New York Counties Say Funding Fix on Aging Out Doesn’t Go Far Enough

Last month, New York’s Office of Children and Family Services offered a compromise to the advocates pressuring the state to allow youth in foster care to continue receiving housing support and other services past age 21, when the financial help typically expires.

8/12/2020

Foster Youth Need Federal Support in Stimulus Plans
Youth leaders with FosterClub with Celeste Bodner at a recent youth conference. Photo courtesy of FosterClub

When the clouds of COVID-19 descended over the world, like many others, current and former foster youth lost their jobs and then their housing.

Youth Services Insider

8/12/2020

Congressional Watchdog Says Feds Should Be More Proactive on Kinship Care

Relative caregivers are parenting 2.7 million American children in kinship care. This group of caregivers often goes without critical support that is available, sometimes to the detriment of their own well-being, according to a new audit by the congressional watchdog agency.

8/12/2020

It’s Not Enough To Mean Well

“I can’t breathe.”

These words are now painfully familiar. They were the last words of George Floyd who died on May 25, when a police officer pressed his knee to Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes as well as Eric Garner, an unarmed black man who was killed in 2014 after being put in a chokehold by New York City police.

8/11/2020

Amid Pandemic, Congress Considers Giving Parents More Time to Reunify with Kids in Foster Care
A bill now before Congress would suspend deadlines for child welfare agencies across the country to seek the most extreme consequences in America’s civil legal system: termination of parental rights.
Youth Services Insider

8/11/2020

House Bill Puts Up $2 Billion in Emergency Funds for Family, Youth Homelessness

Late last week, a bipartisan group of House legislators introduced a bill that would supply $2 billion to states for help in preventing youth or family homelessness during the coronavirus pandemic.

8/11/2020

The Pandemic Reawakened My PTSD
  I’d gotten my post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) under control. Then the coronavirus disrupted my routine, and my flashbacks came storming back. But I’m working hard to keep it together with the help of therapy, a new at-home routine, writing and my partner Taiquan.

8/11/2020

Advocates Fear COVID-19 is Leaving Foster Youth Further Behind in School
When the coronavirus forced Minnesota schools to shift to distance learning in March, the transition from the classroom to not seeing his classmates anymore proved jarring for 6-year-old Cree, who Jon and Helen Tracy took in from foster care two years ago.