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1/26/2021

New York Governor Aims to Shut Down Nearly Empty Youth Prisons
Columbia Girls Secure Center is one of the New York juvenile facilities Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing to close.

With a looming budget deficit and youth lockups with dozens of empty beds, New York Gov.

1/26/2021

Even Before the Pandemic Hit, a Third of High Schoolers Were Suffering
More than a third of California high school students reported experiencing chronic sadness or hopelessness even before the pandemic, and 1 in 6 had considered suicide, according to the advocacy organization Children Now.
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1/26/2021

Biden Appoints Child Welfare Policy Expert, and Former Foster Youth, to Budget Office
Sherry Lachman, founder of Foster America.

The leader of a prominent foster care reform group – who spent time as a child in foster care herself, a searing experience that she’s said shaped her work as a congressional policy adviser – has been appointed to a senior role in President Joe Biden’s administration, according to tweets and website updates today from her organization, Foster America.

1/25/2021

Minnesota Advocates Call for Direct Payments to Foster Youth from Pandemic Relief
Deanna King, a former foster youth in Minneapolis, with her two children. Photo courtesy of King.

Child welfare advocates in Minnesota are calling for the state to use some of its funds from the federal coronavirus relief bill to make direct payments to current and former foster youth who are transitioning to adulthood.

1/25/2021

1 in 4 California Foster Youth Become Homeless After Leaving Extended Care
Illustration by Christine Ongjoco.

While millions of California residents have been pushed into financial peril under the crush of the coronavirus pandemic, new research shows that more than a quarter of the state’s former foster youth struggled with homelessness and housing instability well before the virus’ economic devastation hit. 

1/25/2021

Biden Takes Steps to Ease Food Insecurity Pronto
Illustration by Christine Ongjoco.

Moving swiftly to address a growing hunger crisis, the Biden administration on Friday announced several new efforts to put more for on the tables of Americans who’ve been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.

1/25/2021

The World’s Children Have a Lot Riding on Biden

The world watched with eager anticipation as power transitioned last week to President Joe Biden. The paths, priorities and policies he chooses will impact not just Americans, but citizens everywhere. Arguably, they will be felt most of all by our planet’s children.

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1/24/2021

YAP’s New President an Old Hand at Pushing Against Incarceration

Youth Advocate Programs, which in recent years has secured a high-quality research result and a big philanthropic bet, has now locked in a long-term succession plan within its ranks. 

The Harrisburg, Penn.-based

1/24/2021

Los Angeles District Attorney Faces Resistance Over Justice Reforms
Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón Photo: Bryan Chan/Los Angeles County

Newly elected Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón is moving quickly to change how youth are prosecuted and held accountable for crimes – hiring a public defender to overhaul long-standing juvenile justice policies, ending the practice of trying children in adult court and halting the prosecution of truancy cases.