Texas Judges Aim to Better Serve Teens Caught Between Foster Care and Juvenile Justice


Texas Judges Aim to Better Serve Teens Caught Between Foster Care and Juvenile Justice

In an aim to better serve dual status youth, three county courts in Texas will use a "one family, one judge" model for children involved with the child welfare and youth justice systems.

Lawsuit Against Oregon’s Anti-Discrimination Policy Re-Ups Movement to Shield Faith-Based Child Welfare Providers


Colorado Supreme Court to Hear Appeal Involving Indian Child Welfare Act

The Colorado Supreme Court will hear a case that involves local child welfare officials' federal requirement to notify Native American tribes about custody cases that involve Indigenous children.

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Issues Landmark Ruling for Mom in Child Welfare Case


Pennsylvania Supreme Court Issues Landmark Ruling in Child Welfare Case

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that child welfare agencies must have probable cause to search a parent's home amid anonymous allegations.

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The Family Justice Gap

Those in the child welfare system should reflect on our complicity in allowing a system to separate children from their parents without due process.

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Lawsuit to Reform West Virginia’s Foster Care System is Back On


Judges Toss Class Actions Against Ohio, West Virginia

Federal judges have dismissed two lawsuits filed over the treatment of relative caregivers in Ohio and of foster youth in West Virginia.

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Reimagining Courts As Dispensers of Justice After Coronavirus

During a recent training, a judge showed us a glimpse of his future courtroom and what awaits us when juvenile courts reopen. A plexiglass shield will separate the judge from the litigants.


    California Courts Must Hold Some Child Welfare Hearings, Try to Continue In-Person Family Visits

    California county courts must continue to hold hearings on cases where children are in foster care or have been placed in juvenile detention, and child welfare systems must try to facilitate in-person visits for separated families, according to new rules approved today by the California Judicial Council. 


    The Substance Abuse Program Los Angeles Hopes Can Help Overhaul its Dependency Drug Courts

    Sacramento County could hold the key to better addressing widespread substance abuse issues in Los Angeles County’s child welfare system. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to create a plan to improve substance abuse services to parents facing the removal of their children in dependency court by creating a family treatment court modeled on a program used in Sacramento.


    Your Crisis Can Wait Until Noon

    The teenage boy stared at the judge, with a face struggling to hide its emotion but clearly displaying sadness. For weeks, he had been staying at a residential foster care facility and had been getting in trouble.