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Finding the Strengths in Partnerships

Child welfare is different than business, but there is something to be learned from the reality of rolling recessions.

Upstream City


Upstream City: To Change Conditions for Families, Shift Power Out of Systems

Community-led decision-making is key to real transformation of neighborhood conditions and support for families.


The Sounding Board

In the Sounding Board column, Dee Wilson writes that to address child suicides, there must be an all-in commitment to cultural change.


Do Not Diminish the Importance of Small Beginnings

Paul DiLorenzo laments that fact that tremendous community innovations in child welfare is not a focal point of efforts to reform the system


Kids Count 2019: A Rising Tide, Maine’s Meteoric Rise, and Children of Color Still Left Behind

Child well-being has improved nationwide since the start of this decade, according to the 2019 Kids Count Databook released recently by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. But it’s especially better in Maine.


All Children Are Our Children: Supporting Kids in Foster Care

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will consider a motion today that calls for the county’s Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) to develop a coordinated faith-based engagement strategy.

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    Foster Care: There’s an App for That

    “Community” is not a word typically used to describe the outcomes of today’s technology-obsessed world. Despite new forms of communication, hours spent staring at screen are generally not conducive to forming bonds with one’s neighbor.

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    Deterrence Research is a Selling Point for Juvenile Justice Community Programs

    The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention recently published a report by several researchers on the groundbreaking “Pathways to Desistance” project, which tracked about 1,300 serious juvenile offenders from the Phoenix and Philadelphia areas for seven years after conviction.


    Senate Judiciary Approves $833 Million Over Five Years for Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act

    The Senate Judiciary Committee approved yet another attempt to update the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA), which has not been reauthorized since 2002. The bill, S.1169, would phase out the lone exception in the law that permits the detention of status offenders; set new terms for failure to comply with the act; limit expenditures on mentoring and require the collection of new data on juvenile offenders.