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What’s In The 2022 Federal Spending Deal for Children and Families


What’s in the 2022 Federal Spending Deal for Children and Families

The federal spending plan for 2022 is a $1.5 trillion package with billions slated for child welfare, youth justice and family homelessness.

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Guidance Process Finally Underway for Housing After Foster Care Program

A coalition of current and former foster youth conceived of and pushed for the Fostering Stable Housing Opportunities Act, which became law in late 2020.
After more than a year in development, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has issued official rules and regulations for states around the Fostering Stable Housing Opportunities Act, which codified in law a program to support housing stability for youth who age out of foster care. 

Advocates Address ‘Sugar’ Dating, a New Way to Lure Young People into Sex Trafficking


Building Strong Support Networks for Better Mental Health

Foster care and homelessness have played a huge part in my mental health struggles and how I choose to manage them, writes Nelly Braxton.

In Silicon Valley, College Students Have Seen Hardship through the Pandemic


In Wealthy Silicon Valley, College Students Have Seen Hardship through the Pandemic

Some college students in Silicon Valley, one of the wealthiest enclaves in the nation, have faced obstacles that have mounted during the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.

Vulnerable Youth in Nevada Offered Healing Through Yoga


Nevada’s Vulnerable Youth Offered Healing through Yoga

The yoga teachers with Reno nonprofit Urban Lotus guide youth toward healing through trauma-informed movement classes.

California Plans to Address Affordable Housing, Homelessness


Strategic Coordination Planned to Address Affordable Housing, Homelessness

California is now poised to invest $10 billion to accelerate housing production and $12 billion to tackle homelessness


New Washington State Senator’s Bill for Foster Kids Advances with Unanimous Support

T’wina Nobles’ first bill, requiring campus assistance for students in foster care, passed the state Senate this week. Photo courtesy of Nobles
Early legislation by a new Washington state senator — a trailblazing former foster youth who rose up from homelessness to lead her Tacoma area district in the capital — has passed out of the Senate with unanimous bipartisan support, a bill to help the most vulnerable children get through school.


Washington Youth Flex Lobbying Might on Rights of Native Americans, Homelessness and Foster Youth

When teens and young adults who’ve lived through homelessness and foster care gather this year to tell Washington state policymakers what their peers need most, the youth advocates will have three priorities: they want lawyers for every foster child, a task force to focus on the experience of Native Americans and better support for the newly independent.

Washington foster youth will no longer have to sleep in hotels, offices and cars when they can't be placed.


Washington State Sued for ‘Warehousing’ Foster Youth with Disabilities in Hotels, Offices

Illustration by Christine Ongjoco
In a lawsuit filed this week in federal court, advocates say Washington state’s practice of placing foster youth in hotels and government offices overnight, housing them in group homes, and sending them out of state has left hundreds of children with behavioral health and developmental disabilities essentially homeless.