Youth Services Insider
January Contreras Nominated for Top ACF Position


January Contreras Confirmed to Biden’s Top Child Welfare Post

In a process that moved at light speed compared with the previous nominee to the job, January Contreras has been confirmed by the Senate to lead the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), the agency that oversees most federal spending on family services and child welfare.

Setting an Equity Minded Policy Agenda for People who Experienced Foster Care


How to Legislate Love with Connection and Family Unification

We need policies that guarantee better fiscal commitments to youth who experience foster care, but we also must figure out how to better legislate around love and family connection, writes Kenyon Lee Whitman

The Trauma of Losing a Family Twice


Re-mourning: The Trauma of Losing a Family Twice

Foster youth often do not have the privilege of finding their forever family, and they are forced to lose their support and care, writes Anna Ramirez.

Vivek Sankaran.


It’s About More Than Four Walls and A Roof

Vivek Sankaran writes about the necessary steps beyond simply providing housing for families in crisis or need


Albany Must Give Young New Yorkers A Right to Counsel Before Police Interrogations

Last fall, in a cramped interrogation room, a NYPD detective read a 17-year-old his Miranda rights and asked whether he was willing to answer questions. Sitting next to the boy was his mother.


L.A. Mayor Seeks $24 Million to Help City’s Poorest Households With Guaranteed Income

The mayor of Los Angeles wants to give the 2,000 poorest households in his city $1,000 a month in income for a full year, no strings attached, just to see how the money affects their lives.


Missouri House Votes to Boost Support for Children, Youth by $76 Million

Unless the Missouri state Senate balks, families that adopt children, foster them or care for relatives’ children will have more money from the state, come July 1, to help make ends meet.

The Ethics of Working Amid Family Un-Friendly Policies


Moving Child Welfare from A Reaction to A Response

One benefit of an extended career in child welfare settings is that you begin to understand the concept of capacity. I’m not offering this as sage advice or cynical wisdom, nor as a pup social worker who is naïve and imagines that every family and every system can be set on the right track. 


Study: Economic Hardship, Family Conflict Linked to Lifelong Difficulties

A large study of European residents, one of the first to look at the effects of growing up amid financial strain, family conflict – or both – links those kinds of childhood adversities to a wide range of social and health difficulties in adulthood.