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4/14/2021

States Hook Up to Strategize Support for Kids, Families as Pandemic Rolls On

Eight states are getting together for the rest of 2021 to work out the best way to help children and families weather the second year of the coronavirus pandemic with a minimum of child neglect and abuse.

4/14/2021

Texas House Moves Bill Strengthening Adoptee Rights to Original Birth Certificate

This could be the year that nearly 1 million Texas adoptees can get a copy of their original birth certificate without asking a judge.

Texas adoptees said attempts to pass a measure making it easier for them to obtain the document have fallen short time and again in recent years.

4/13/2021

$100 Million Investment in Housing for Homeless Youth Moving in California Legislature
Amid recent news that 1 in 4 California foster youth face homelessness after aging out of foster care, a bill moving through the state Legislature aims to invest $100 million in increasing the housing stock for this particularly vulnerable population.

4/11/2021

Los Angeles Moves Ahead with $35 Million Plan to Repurpose Juvenile Detention Camp

A shuttered juvenile detention camp in the far reaches of Los Angeles County’s Antelope Valley will become a live-in job training site for young adults who’ve been homeless, incarcerated or raised by the foster care system, under a $35 million plan approved last week by county supervisors.

4/9/2021

New York Budget Embraces ‘Extraordinary’ Expansion of Child Care and Pre-K
Enrollment at the Chautauqua Lake Child Care Center has recovered to about 85% of capacity, after plunging as low as 25% when the pandemic began last spring. (Photo courtesy of Beth Starks)

New York will launch a historic expansion of child care and pre-K capacity, a change made possible by a massive influx of federal aid, new state taxes and a push by lawmakers newly empowered to challenge the scandal-plagued Democratic Gov.

4/9/2021

New York To Close Youth Detention Facilities, Over Local Opposition
The minimum-security Red Hook Residential Center for boys in Dutchess County, New York, is now slated for closure. Credit: New York Office of Children and Family Services

Amid a long-running national campaign to keep children out of locked detention centers, the New York state government this week finalized plans to shutter two of its juvenile facilities. 

4/9/2021

‘People with First-Hand Experience Should be at the Forefront of Policy Reform’
“I firmly believe that true expertise lies within one’s own experience. Thus, people with first-hand experience should be at the forefront of policy reform.”

4/9/2021

Despite the Challenges of the Past, I Have Hope for My Future
Sabrina Alvarez shares her challenges overcoming her early childhood.

I’m not going to start my story with “I have always felt like I never fit in” or “I have overcome all my struggles” because that wouldn’t be true.

4/9/2021

Finding Stability Within the Child Welfare System
Sabrina Abong shares how she found stability despite moving through eight different homes.

I have been in eight different homes and this is my experience with the child welfare system. I want child abuse and neglect to end within the child welfare system.