Inside Foster Home Recruitment in America’s Biggest Cities
One hot summer day, Vielka Griffith walked down the stairs of her Brooklyn home to find her new foster daughter slumped on the couch. Despite the intense heat, the 15-year-old was wrapped in a terry-cloth robe, hands in her pockets.
Exclusive: New York City’s Top Juvenile Justice Official Steps Down, Will Replace Jails Critic on Oversight Board
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s point person overseeing the rollout of the juvenile justice reform known as “Raise the Age” will leave his post this month to join the staff of a major foundation.
How a New Youth Correctional Leadership Group is Helping Milwaukee Close Youth Prisons
After three years on the job, the Milwaukee County official who oversees juvenile justice finds his system at a crossroads. The Wisconsin state legislature passed a bill last March closing two youth prisons after a criminal probe and multiple lawsuits alleged abuse and neglect of youth, alarming lawmakers.
Former Youth Corrections Officials: We Want to Help Close Youth Prisons
It’s time to close this nation’s youth prisons. They don’t serve their purpose: keeping our neighborhoods safe and helping young people turn their lives around. They fail to fulfill this core mission despite costing $150,000 per youth per year.
Director Wanted: Nation’s Largest Child Welfare Agency Seeks Leader
Philip Browning’s five-year tenure as director of Los Angeles County’s Department of Children’s Services (DCFS) concludes tomorrow, and the search for his replacement is underway. Brandon Nichols, who served as chief deputy under Browning, was recently named acting director.
New York Hackathon Unites Foster Youth and Technology
It’s a crisp December day, and the city is bustling. The crowds move slowly, weaving between twinkling lights and ornate window displays, humming with the promise of the upcoming holiday season.
New York Child Welfare Leader Takes Up Obama Legacy, Foster Care Hackathons
In May, a couple hundred technologists, child welfare experts and foster youth gathered on the grounds of the White House for the first foster care hackathon to reach such national prominence.
New York Judge Rejects High-Profile Foster Care Settlement
Today, a New York judge threw out a controversial consent decree that would have ratcheted up state oversight of New York City’s foster care system. In her straightforward opinion, New York District Judge Laura Swain denied a proposed settlement to a July 2015 class action lawsuit that had accused both New York State and City of allowing foster youth to languish in care.
A ‘Mind Blowing’ Experience at the White House Foster Care Hackathon
Last week, during a reception at a sleek house off of Washington D.C.’s Embassy Row, I found myself in the kitchen talking with Winnie Wechsler. Wechsler, who runs the Pritzker Foster Care Initiative, which funds a slew of child welfare related non-profits including the one I run, was amped up.
De Blasio’s Child Welfare Administration Drops Storied Adoption Agency; Explanation Disputed
In March, New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services(ACS) canceled its almost $700,000-per-year contract with You Gotta Believe, an adoption recruitment agency focused on finding homes for older youth, to the dismay of many in the adoption community.