An Argument For, and One Against, Open Family Courts
Sunshine Is Good for Children Matthew Fraidin, Associate Professor of Law at the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law. Fraidin, who oversees a clinical program where students represent birth parents in maltreatment cases, delivered the following remarks within his testimony at a Washington, D.C.
Connecting Data to Improve Education Outcomes for Foster Youth
by Stephanie Ludwig and Anna Jacobi Despite bureaucratic roadblocks, states and counties across the United States are managing to broker two unwieldy systems- foster care and education- to mine data that will clarify the educational status of children and youths in foster care.
A Tale of Two Fridays
It is Friday, May 4th, at the Richmond Courthouse. Sun spills into the trash-strewn courtyard as the immediate future of soon-to-be 19-year-old foster youth David C. is decided within. On Sunday, David will turn 19, throwing into question his eligibility for benefits provided through a celebrated California law that extends foster care to age 20.
Two Big California Counties to Cover “Bubble” Teens; Will Other Counties Follow Suit?
Two of California’s largest counties, Alameda and Los Angeles, have announced they will protect foster teens facing a disruption in foster care coverage because of the structure of Assembly Bill 12, a 2010 law that gradually expands foster care services to age 21 by 2014.
Life on the Bubble
With only weeks until his 19th birthday, David C.’s future looks bright. In June, he will graduate from his Contra Costa County high school in the top one percentile of his class, and is excited about starting his college career at the University of California- Berkeley in the fall.