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The ‘20s and Youth Services: A Guess at What Comes Next

The last calendar year of the ‘10s has come and gone, and the fields of child welfare and juvenile justice move on to a new decade. For the past two weeks, The Imprint has counted down some of our top storylines from 2019.


Top Stories of 2019: The Faith-Based Battle Comes to Washington

We’re counting down 10 of the biggest stories The Imprint published in 2019. Each day, we’ll connect readers with a few links to our coverage on a big story from this past year.


It Takes Partnerships to Recruit and Retain Foster Parents

The Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) operates the largest child welfare agency in the nation. With this comes a great responsibility, and I am extremely grateful to work each day with some of the most dedicated and passionate people in the child welfare arena.


Mike Leach’s Plans to Turn Around South Carolina Child Welfare

Mike Leach can’t resist a good court-enforced child welfare settlement. He spent about 12 years working for Tennessee’s child welfare agency, the Department of Children’s Services, rising through the ranks until he became the director of performance and quality improvement.


A Look Back at 2018: The Year in Youth Services

2018 was a momentous year for The Imprint. We continued to extend our roots to new parts of the country (including New York, Michigan and Arizona) while embarking on ambitious national projects (including “Who Cares,” our annual effort to gauge state foster care capacity).


Child Welfare Ideas from the Experts #9: Improve Federal Supports for Foster Parents

The Imprint is highlighting each of the policy recommendations made this summer by the participants of the Foster Youth Internship Program (FYI), a group of 10 former foster youths who have completed congressional internships.


    De Blasio Administration Slams “Shockingly Biased” Federal Bill on Faith-Based Foster Care and Adoption

    Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration is speaking out against a proposed federal bill that protects faith-based foster care agencies that refuse to place adoptive or foster children with qualified LGBT adults.

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    GOP Urges Trump to Help Faith-Based Child Welfare Providers Discriminate

    Business owners wishing to follow their faith in selecting customers to serve scored at least a temporary victory this week in the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on the now-famous wedding cake case.

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    Faith-Based Laws and Foster Care: Destined for Supreme Court?

    Two more states have joined the ranks of those that have acted legislatively to guarantee the right of faith-based child welfare contractors to discriminate against parents – and in some cases children – whose lifestyles do not comport with the religious views of the organization.