While Child Abuse Call Centers Grew Quiet, Helpline Requests Surged

Quesetta Bell has been a call specialist at the 2-1-1 call center in Akron, Ohio, for a year now. On an average day, she said, an operator in her position might get between 80 and 150 calls, anything from a query about city services to reports of downed power lines.


Brown Signs Law to Ease Licensing Path for Relatives, Vetoes Foster Care Mobile Response Plan

As California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) prepares to leave office at the end of the year, the last round of child welfare legislation under his watch includes a new law to ease the path of relative caregivers under the Continuum of Care Reform (CCR), the major child welfare initiative developed during his time as governor.

Youth Role in Violence, Carjackings Overstated, the Sentencing Project Says


California Considers a “Bat-Signal” for Foster Youth in Distress

The woman used a thick extension cord on her foster children. Welts rose. Bruises formed. Fear became the norm inside the Watts neighborhood home in Los Angeles where LaToya Cooper and six other children were sent to live.

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Adoption Incentives Bill Stalled Until Fall (At Least)

After the House passed an adoption incentives bill by voice vote in late July, there was hope that the legislation, H.R. 4980, would be whisked through the Senate and make its way to the president’s desk for a signature while it was still relentlessly humid in Washington.


Spanish Ad Campaign the Future of Child Abuse Messaging?

The ANAR Foundation, a Madrid, Spain-based organization dedicated to helping at=risk youth and adolescents, has developed a set of outdoor advertisements that actually communicate entirely different messages to adults and children.