Kinship Care Prioritized Under New Washington State Law


Kids with Foster Care Experience Report More Oral Health Problems Than Their Peers

Minnesota youth who have foster care experience are significantly more likely than their non-foster peers to report each of five dental problems and markedly less likely to report receiving dental care.


Kids Accounting for Greater Share of COVID-19 Cases

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Children accounted for a rising share of all American COVID-19 cases as some U.S. schools gingerly welcomed students back to the classroom this summer and fall, according to a new report by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association. 

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Newsom Taps Lightbourne to Lead California Health Agency

In a surprising emergence from his recent retirement, when California faces what is arguably its most grave health care challenge in history, former Department of Social Services Director Will Lightbourne has been named the director of the state health care agency.

Top Stories of 2022: What the Early Pandemic Numbers Say


ARCHIVED: Coronavirus, Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice, A Running Thread

This thread includes all of The Imprint’s stories and articles on the coronavirus and its impact on children, youth and families published between March 13 and April 10. For our continuing coverage of the pandemic and how it is changing child welfare and juvenile justice, visit:


Calls to Release Youth from Lockups Due to Virus Threat Grow Nationwide

With most free residents across the United States keeping at least six feet apart, feverishly washing their hands and avoiding any social groups, 43,000 young people in juvenile lockups and prisons are living in coronavirus petri dishes that have become “brewing reservoirs” of infection, according to inmates and juvenile justice experts.


Nonprofits Are Simultaneously Contemplating Strategy on Two Fronts

The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption (DTFA) – which oversees Wendy’s Wonderful Kids, one of the nation’s most successful permanency ventures – is a decent microcosm of what’s going on in the wide community of nonprofits that are facing an uncertain spring after the onset of a global pandemic.

    The coronavirus pandemic meant more kids stayed in the child welfare system than the previous year, according to an AP analysis.


    Coronavirus: What Child Welfare Systems Need to Think About

    The coronavirus has dominated headlines across the country as the federal government and state leaders scramble to pull together broad plans of attack for testing, quarantining and treating those with severe symptoms.


    Child Welfare Ideas from the Experts #3: Individual Care Plans for Disabled Foster Youth

    The Imprint is highlighting each of the policy recommendations made this summer by the participants of the Foster Youth Internship Program (FYI), a group of 12 former foster youths who have completed congressional internships.


    Kids Count 2019: A Rising Tide, Maine’s Meteoric Rise, and Children of Color Still Left Behind

    Child well-being has improved nationwide since the start of this decade, according to the 2019 Kids Count Databook released recently by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. But it’s especially better in Maine.