End the Cycle of Crises for Unaccompanied Immigrant Children

Children being medically examined at a border facility. Photo courtesy of Vera Institute of Justice
For the past decade, conditions in northern Central America have propelled the migration of vulnerable and often traumatized children to the U.S.

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Biden Taps Elizabeth Watson As Chief Labor Liaison

Elizabeth Watson, who has a lengthy history in youth and family policy and income inequality, has been nominated to be the Biden administration’s point person to Congress and the states on labor issues.

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Advocates and Officials Press Case for Overhauling Key Adoption and Child Welfare Law


Biden Taps New York Official to Lead U.S. Children’s Bureau

Aysha Schomburg, Biden’s pick to lead the U.S. Children’s Bureau. Photo courtesy of the bureau
While nominees for the top Senate-confirmed jobs in child welfare have yet to be unveiled, the Biden administration continues to fill in key appointees on the issue at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

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Biden Starts to Fill in Leadership at Administration for Children and Families

The Biden administration has begun to fill in some of the key leadership posts that do not require Senate confirmation at the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), the large division of the Department of Health and Human Services that oversees child welfare and many federal assistance programs for low-income families. 


LGBTQ, Foster Youth Groups Hail Biden Administration Stance on Discrimination Lawsuit

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Advocates for foster youth and LGBTQ rights on Wednesday applauded a strong signal from the Biden administration that it will withdraw a last-minute proposal from the Trump team that would allow taxpayer-funded grantees to deny essential services to foster youth and other groups on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, religion and other characteristics.

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Youth Justice Advocates, Attorneys Plot Path Forward In Biden Era

On Friday, one of the nation’s preeminent scientists on race and policing and a top juvenile public defender in Washington, D.C., had a public discussion that started with a controversial, yet familiar policing scenario.

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    Biden Appoints Child Welfare Policy Expert, and Former Foster Youth, to Budget Office

    Sherry Lachman, founder of Foster America.
    The leader of a prominent foster care reform group – who spent time as a child in foster care herself, a searing experience that she’s said shaped her work as a congressional policy adviser – has been appointed to a senior role in President Joe Biden’s administration, according to tweets and website updates today from her organization, Foster America.


    Biden Takes Steps to Ease Food Insecurity Pronto

    Illustration by Christine Ongjoco.
    Moving swiftly to address a growing hunger crisis, the Biden administration on Friday announced several new efforts to put more for on the tables of Americans who’ve been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.


    The World’s Children Have a Lot Riding on Biden

    The world watched with eager anticipation as power transitioned last week to President Joe Biden. The paths, priorities and policies he chooses will impact not just Americans, but citizens everywhere. Arguably, they will be felt most of all by our planet’s children.