Congressional Nonprofit Hires Executive Director as Pandemic Presents New Challenges

Sixteen months after the heart-breaking death of its long-time executive director, the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute has hired its next permanent leader, who inherits the challenge of steadying an organization amidst a pandemic.


Accepting My Character

My name is Lauren Werner and I am a senior at a California state university. My educational aspirations consist of acquiring a bachelor’s degree in international studies with a concentration in global culture, and a double minor in political science and French.


Achieving Normalcy is Hard, But These Programs Can Help

We think all the time about the major traumas that impact the  youth in our care — their removal from families, the abuse and neglect they may have experienced, and the uncertainty and cyclical upheavals that too often dominate their lives.


Minnesota Wrestles with Foster Care’s Role in Breaking up Black Families

On Dec. 3, a 28-year-old black mother lost her parental rights to her four children – ages 1 to 9 – in a Minnesota courtroom, just outside the Twin Cities. Instead of opening presents with their mother, the children spent Christmas with a white family two hours away.


Brothers Reunited: Five Hopeful, Fraught Days Inside America’s Immigration Crisis

Yordi, 20, is wan after a harrowing escape from horrors in his home country, Honduras. It is mid-July. He sits in a corporate ICE detention facility in rural Folkston, Georgia, staring into a computer screen that connects him to his 29-year-old brother Suamhirs Piraino-Guzman, thousands of miles away in Seattle.


In Child Welfare, “White Supremacy” is the Hate that Dare Not Speak its Name

Former Juvenile Court Judge Len Edwards, a favorite on the child welfare conference circuit, is upset about a column I wrote here on March 8. The column discussed an article in the City University of New York Law Review that calls that most sacred cow in child welfare, Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), “an exercise of white supremacy.”


    Law Review Article Calls CASA an ‘Exercise of White Supremacy’

    Idaho, 1902: An “officer” of the Episcopal Diocese of Idaho writes about how fortunate Native American children are when they are taken from their homes and forced into white-run orphanages.  “What a contrast” those wonderful orphanages are, she writes, to the children’s own homes: The smoking fire in the centre of the tepee, and on it the pot of soup stirred by the not over-clean squaw … and then to think of the neat, comfortable home at the mission, with the uplifting of its daily prayer … Washington State, 2016: A Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), a volunteer named by a juvenile court to investigate a black family, explains why the court should sever the bond between a black father and his children forever: Formerly homeless, the father had bought an RV for the family to live in.


    New L.A. CASA Leader Talks Growth, Managing Volunteers and Institutional Racism

    This week, Los Angeles County’s Board of Supervisors appointed Wende Nichols-Julien to the county’s Commission on Children and Families. This fall, Nichols-Julien was brought on as CEO of CASA of Los Angeles, bringing with her years of professional experience in social justice and the law, as well as the personal experience of being a foster parent.


    #CASAsoWhite: Forced to Face Issues of Race, a County CASA Program Collapses

    Cowley County, Kan., a place almost exactly in the middle of middle-America, is conservative and working-class. It would seem to have little in common with coastal Marin County, Calif., one of the wealthiest places in America, where the politics are as blue as the ocean.