foster youth


New York’s Runaway and Homeless Minors Can Now Consent to Their Own Health Care 

Under a new law, many more of New York's homeless and runaway youth can now consent to their own health care.



Audit Finds Child Welfare Agencies Often Don’t Report Missing Kids to National Office

A recent report found that often, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children is not alerted when youth in foster care go missing.


Los Angeles County Looks to Digital Tools to Assist Young Adults Leaving Foster Care

L.A. County's new digital “Benefits Eligibility Finder” aims to help local youth get easier access to the services they need.


A Growing Number of States Vow to Stop Seizing Benefits Owed to Foster Youth 

Child welfare agencies often intercept Social Security and other benefits owed to foster youth. In some states, that's starting to change.


Former Residents of New York Group Care Facilities Want to Know if Anyone Hears Their Cries 

Children’s advocates have published accounts of 80 young New Yorkers sent to foster care group facilities, hoping to prompt officials to act. 


Eight Years After Federal Law to Improve School Stability for Foster Youth, States Still Scrambling

Many states have fallen short on protecting foster kids' right to school stability under the Every Student Succeeds Act.


    Hurdles Keep Texas Youth Out of Extended Foster Care Designed to Help Them

    An investigation by The Imprint found that Texas has scores of open beds for aged-out foster youth who are left to struggle on the streets. 


    What Can We Learn from Rhode Island’s New Data about Students Experiencing Foster Care?

    Rhode Island has joined a small list of states with data-sharing agreements to track and assess the unique needs of students in foster care.

    Foster Youth Activism Saves Lives


    Foster Youth Activism Saves Lives

    The impact that devastating events can have on people shows us, foster youth, that our collective needs to step up, writes Rylan Beal.