In Major Reversal, Feds Will Now Help Pay Child Welfare Legal Fees
A major barrier to funding legal representation in the child welfare system was basically just eradicated with an update to the question-and-answer section of a federal manual. Yesterday, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) made clear that Title IV-E, the federal entitlement program for child welfare services, can now be used to pay for legal support to children and parents who are involved with the child welfare system.
When the Good Guys Ride into the Sunset, Leaving Their Algorithms Behind
The push to embrace “predictive analytics,” an unreliable, racially biased method in which algorithms “inform” the decisions of caseworkers – decisions such as when to tear apart a family – is led largely by the same people who deny the very existence of a racial bias problem in child welfare, want to see far more families torn apart, or both.
Lessons for Child Welfare from the California “Right-to-Lie” Case
In the past few years, we’ve learned a lot of ugly truths about the criminal justice system. (By “we,” I mean, those of us who are white and middle class. Poor people and people of color have known all along.)
Child Welfare Solutions: Paging Captain Obvious
Two recent child welfare columns in this publication make me wonder if Captain Obvious has taken early retirement. 1. IF THAT’S HOW THEY TREAT FOSTER PARENTS… Jim Kenny has posted a series of columns on the appalling problem of false allegations of child abuse and lack of due process – for foster parents.