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Governor Shakes Up Guam’s Child Protection Services, Citing ‘Emergency’
Guam’s governor has placed the territory’s child protective system under a state of emergency. Photo: Facebook

Guam Gov. Lou Leno Guerrero has ordered a shakeup of the island territory’s Child Protective Services in the wake of a data review that pointed to systemic problems that have led to a failure to identify and root out “serious and significant instances of child abuse, maltreatment, and neglect,” according to news reports.


Start Fining States That Discriminate Against African American Foster and Adoptive Families
Leonard Dunston, Leora Haskett Neal, and Toni Oliver.

The Multi-Ethnic Placement Act (MEPA) was passed in 1994 to make it easier for white families to transracially adopt African American children and other children of color.


Los Angeles County Expands Kinship Care Efforts
Photo by Dominque Ross

On Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted to expand a program that has helped drive kinship placements of children in its foster care system to nearly twice the national average.


New York Governor Aims to Shut Down Nearly Empty Youth Prisons
The Democratic governor’s proposal is likely to get caught in a cross-current of expectations — from those advocating that the money saved be reinvested in youth services, to unions and legislators who will want to protect local jobs in state facilities whatever the cost.


Even Before the Pandemic Hit, a Third of High Schoolers Were Suffering
Long before the coronavirus pandemic upended their lives by shutting down schools, sickening their parents and separating them from friends, a survey released Tuesday shows disturbing information about the mental health struggles and well-being of California’s children.
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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.


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 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. 


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.