Children’s Defense Fund

Colorado Considers a Raise the Age Youth Justice Bill


American Bar Association Calls for an End to ‘Criminalizing Childhood’

The American Bar Association is pushing the nation’s juvenile justice systems to improve the treatment of children accused of crimes.

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New Vice President Named at Children’s Defense Fund

The Children’s Defense Fund, a major U.S. child advocacy organization, has a new vice president in charge of strategy and program.


Children’s Defense Fund Announces Historic Leadership Change

Marian Wright Edelman, founder of the Children’s Defense Fund, is retiring later this year and will become President Emerita
One of America’s most prominent child welfare groups, the Children’s Defense Fund, is saying goodbye to co-founder and longtime leader Marian Wright Edelman, and welcoming a new CEO at this crucial time in history.

With Influx of Federal Funding, New York Aims to Expand Foster Care Prevention


New York Limits Access to Parents’ Names on Child Abuse And Neglect Registry

Tucked into a budget bill signed by the New York governor Friday is new relief for parents accused of child neglect – the result of a hard-fought three-year battle to limit parents’ exposure on a state registry.



Top Stories of 2019: The Loss of a Lion in Child Welfare

We’re counting down 10 of the biggest stories The Imprint published in 2019. Each day, we’ll connect readers with a few links to our coverage on a big story from this past year.

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Family First Transitional Bill Set to Move, with One Heartwarming Addition

In late September, Youth Services Insider reported on a draft bill floating around that would offer cash and some easing on restrictions to help states more quickly implement the Family First Prevention Services Act, a major overhaul of federal child welfare funding that passed in 2018 and mostly took effect last month.


    Children’s Defense Fund Adds New Policy Staffer on Child Welfare, Mental Health

    The Children’s Defense Fund (CDF), which recently mourned the loss of its senior expert on child welfare policy, has brought in Steven Olender to serve as a policy staffer on the issue.

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    JooYeun Chang, Child Welfare Leader for Obama Administration, Now Heading Up Michigan’s System

    JooYeun Chang, a veteran of child welfare policy and practice, is now the senior deputy director in charge of the Children’s Services Agency at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).



    Remembering MaryLee Allen

    Last week, the world lost MaryLee Allen, the longtime leader on child welfare policy for the Children’s Defense Fund. Allen, who had a hand in most of the federal legislation passed on the issue in the past four decades, died at age 74 from liver cancer.