Humanitarian Support in Ukraine Should Prioritize Children Without Stability


Humanitarian Support in Ukraine Should Prioritize Children Without Stability

We must recognize the humanitarian cost of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, particularly for the children most in need, writes Ryan Young.

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January Contreras Nominated for Top ACF Position


January Contreras Nominated for Top ACF Position

President Joe Biden has nominated former Obama official January Contreras to lead the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), the division of the Department of Health and Human Services that oversees child welfare policy. 

Kinship Caregivers Getting Cash Support in Arizona


Kinship Caregivers Getting Cash Support in Arizona

Grandparents and other kin who stepped up to help their loved ones' children are getting one-time pandemic relief funds in Arizona.


Kids in Foster Care to Have Own Attorneys Under New Arizona Law

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R).
Arizona on Wednesday became the latest state to require that children involved in abuse or neglect cases be appointed an attorney to represent their best interest.


Falling Isn’t Failing: Skateboarding Program Teaches Arizona Kids How to Thrive

Joe Dunnigan, founder of +swappow PLUS Foundation, helps a youth learn to skate. Photo courtesy of Michael Shapiro.
“I’ve never seen so many foster kids in one place smiling. What are you doing?”

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Arizona Tentatively Settles Major Federal Foster Care Lawsuit

Children in Arizona’s foster care system are in line for better access to a range of health care services and living situations after a federal judge on Wednesday tentatively approved a settlement with the state in a 5-year-old case that seems to have already forced major changes in the system. 


    Arizona Child Welfare Investigators Fired for ‘Professional Kidnapper’ T-Shirts

    Several county workers investigating allegations of abuse and neglect in some of Arizona’s most struggling communities were reportedly fired last month, after they wore bright pink T-shirts to work declaring themselves a “professional kidnapper.”


    If I Survived Foster Care, Surely I Can Manage the Pandemic

    I thought I had fought my way to a better life, especially after the last few years that have proven to be harder than when I was in foster care. Being a former foster youth, there is one thing that you learn and that is to find your strength and fight to make yourself and the world better.


    Looking Ahead: The Nation’s Child Welfare Systems after Coronavirus

    There is every reason to believe the COVID-19 pandemic will have a long-felt impact on child welfare systems around the country. The list of concerns starts with mortality, and whether children lose one or both of their parents.