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Behind the Stats: Mark Courtney on His Newest Study on Transition-Age Foster Youth in California

Earlier this summer, Mark Courtney and his team at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago released the latest installment in his most recent longitudinal study, the California Youth Transitions to Adulthood Study (CalYOUTH).

Youth Role in Violence, Carjackings Overstated, the Sentencing Project Says


California Considers a “Bat-Signal” for Foster Youth in Distress

The woman used a thick extension cord on her foster children. Welts rose. Bruises formed. Fear became the norm inside the Watts neighborhood home in Los Angeles where LaToya Cooper and six other children were sent to live.


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.


The Family First Act is Long Overdue

A recent article by The Chronicle of Social Change Publisher Daniel Heimpel highlights comments and concerns about the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA), which were voiced again last week by some California advocates.


Child Welfare Advocate Angie Schwartz Leads in Opposition to Family First Act

Last week, several prominent California child welfare experts expressed grave concerns about the Family First Prevention Services Act, ­pending federal legislation that would dramatically change how foster care is paid for.


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.



    Winners and Losers in Calif. Child Welfare Funding

    On Friday May 23, a handful of child welfare advocacy groups in California, aiming to carve out a share of the state’s $4.7 billion budget surplus, had cause to celebrate, while the proposals of others were left unheard.