Heather D. Boonstra
Child Welfare Leaders Forge National Child Safety Partnership
Child welfare leaders are getting behind an initiative that they say would accelerate a major national shift toward building a child safety system that prioritizes keeping families from falling into the foster care system because of severe maltreatment while at the same time improving the safety of children at risk of maltreatment.
Los Angeles County Child Welfare Director Bobby Cagle Suddenly Steps Down
Four years into his tenure as the head of the nation’s largest local child welfare system, Los Angeles County’s Department of Children and Family Services Director Bobby Cagle is leaving his post.
Virtual Home Visits Likely ‘Here to Stay’ After Pandemic Fades, Survey Finds
People in the child welfare field, like folks in virtually all occupations, are still trying to figure out exactly what the “new normal” will look like when (and if) COVID-19 fades to a lower-level public health concern.
New York City Council Approves Long-Stalled Bills to Fast-Track Housing Vouchers for Homeless and Foster Youth
Today New York City Council approved two bills that make emergency rental assistance more accessible to at-risk youth.
How One Organization Cultivates Courage to Dream Beyond Bars
The organization Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice, or CURYJ, has been transforming lives in East Oakland for over a decade.
Little Rock, in a Child Welfare Crisis, Becomes First Test for Family Integrity & Justice Works
Arkansas' most populous county has seen skyrocketing foster care and worker turnover in the past two years. The state is bringing in a new consulting firm started by former federal leaders to rethink things.
When the Highs Combat the Lows: Substance Abuse and its Impact on Foster Youth
A prevalent escape that poses a great threat to the success of many foster youth is drug use, writes Millie Tejan-gbla.
The Holidays Aren’t Always a Celebration. It’s Much More Complicated for Foster Youth
I was driving through my neighborhood recently, and saw someone hanging up Christmas lights. I said to myself, “It’s not even Halloween, yet.” It was barely October and I was already growing tired and in some ways beginning to resent the holiday season.
UNICEF Calls for End to Juvenile Detention
One of the world’s best-known social welfare organizations, UNICEF, released two reports to make the case for nations to stop incarcerating children.