American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
Campaign Pushes for Children and Parents’ Right to Quality Legal Counsel
A campaign is underway to extend the right to an attorney to children and parents nationwide caught up in the child welfare system.
Family Surveillance by Algorithm: The Rapidly Spreading Tools Few Have Heard Of
The child welfare system uses algorithms, risk assessment and predictive analytics to monitor families and determine whether children are at risk of maltreatment.
Advocacy Groups Launch Nationwide Campaign to End Juvenile Court Fines and Fees
A coalition of youth advocacy groups launched Debt Free Justice, a new national campaign to abolishing such court-imposed fines and fees.
Supreme Court Says Philadelphia Violated Catholic Child Welfare Group’s First Amendment Rights
The unanimous decision in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia found that by requiring Catholic Social Services to approve the homes of same-sex couples, it had violated the faith-based organization’s rights.
Washington, D.C., Finally Exits Decades-Long Court Battle Over Foster Care
On June 1, a federal judge issued final approval for a settlement in a decades-old case to improve the experience of foster children in the nation's capital.
Connecticut Seeks to Raise Age of Juvenile Arrest from 7 to 10
Connecticut is one of the handful of states that is currently looking at raising the minimum age for juvenile court jurisdiction, in this case from 7 to 10 years old.
Discontinuing Solitary Confinement in Juvenile Facilities
By Erica Webster Letters thrown in a urinal. Standing in the cold at 5 AM. Locked in solitary confinement for days. These are some of the disciplinary methods James Anderson remembers correctional officers using at Camp Scobee, a secure juvenile facility in Los Angeles County.