Please Don’t Call This Foster Care
A number of news outlets have published articles in the past two weeks about the children and parents separated by Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) as they cross our borders. Some of these articles have referred to the children handed over to contracted agencies and placed into homes as being “in foster care.”
Family First Act Would Harm California’s Foster Care Reforms, Groups Say
Federal legislation that would mean sweeping changes to the nation’s foster care system will again be up for a vote by the House of Representatives and Senate later today or tomorrow as part of a temporary spending bill.
A Vision for California Policy from Youth in Foster Care
Over 100 members of California Youth Connection (CYC) and their adult supporters gathered last weekend at the University of Southern California to discuss crucial issues facing youth in the foster care system, and create policy recommendations to remove these barriers to success for young people in the future.
Flawed, Rushed Family First Bill Undermines Thoughtful Child Welfare Reform
In the world of policy, decision makers try to balance the needs of various constituencies to drive toward incremental change. Reform efforts that start with the best of intentions can have unintended consequences, often for the very people they are trying to help.