Juvenile justice expert David Roush on juvenile detention reform.


The ‘Gold Standard’ of Juvenile Detention Reform Shows There’s Still Work to be Done

Racial and ethnic disparities in juvenile detention are not unique to Cook County, but data validate the need for new approaches.


A New Study Highlights Promising Jobs Programs for Foster Youth

Trainer Casswell Goodman uses humor to engage foster youth at a iFoster class at Los Angeles Trade Tech College in 2018. Photo by Astor Morgan
One of the nation’s most promising programs linking current and former foster youth with employment started its work in a Placer County supermarket.

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Crowning Gift Means $75 Million for University of Chicago School of Social Services

The University of Chicago’s social services school received a massive gift from the family of James and Paula Crown. Photo courtesy of University of Chicago
The University of Chicago’s school of social work has just received the promise of a “landmark” $75 million gift, the largest ever offered to an American school of social work, the university announced Wednesday.


The Promise of a Future

As with many former foster youth, my life has seen its share of broken promises. Promises that as a child I had faith that adults held the power to keep. Birthday promises, Christmas gift promises, trips to Chuck E.

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With Promising Early Stats, Chicago Expanding a New Youth Violence Prevention Strategy

The full results won’t be in until next year on Choose 2 Change (C2C), a youth violence prevention effort in Chicago. But the city likes what it’s seen so far, and is expanding the reach a model that could well gain traction in other urban areas.

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The Chicago Judge Who Held Child Welfare Directors In Contempt Dozens of Times

Last week, Chronicle of Social Change reporter Michael Fitzgerald reported on a tragic case out of New York City where a disabled teen was kept in an emergency shelter – with ill-fitting clothes and a broken wheelchair – for more than a year, even though a family friend had stepped up to take care of him.

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    Los Angeles Eyes Chicago Program as Replacement for Voluntary Probation

    As the Los Angeles County Probation Department dismantles a controversial shadow probation program in schools, some county education officials worry that they will be left with fewer resources to work with young people who misbehave at school.


    Victim of Chicago Gun Violence Inspires Creation of Boarding School

    He had a vision for life. It was all pasted up on his “vision board” – words like family, opportunities, genius, world’s greatest, climbing the corporate ladder, starts with a single step.


    America’s Failed Child Welfare System Leaves Kids Out in the Cold?

    In Chicago, two girls were trapped in abusive foster homes for years because of a clerical error. In New Mexico’s Bernalillo County, 53 child abuse and neglect cases were reported within a 58-day period, with the county on track to double the previous year’s child abuse caseload.