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Longtime Advocate for Incarcerated Youth, Marion Mattingly, Passes Away

1/25/2022

Longtime Advocate for Incarcerated Youth, Marion Mattingly, Passes Away

Marion Mattingly, who helped develop congressional support for the first federal policy on juvenile justice, passed away on Dec. 31 at the age of 92.

Building Strong Support Networks for Better Mental Health

1/25/2022

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.

New York Governor Gives Adoptive Parents ‘Full Rights’ to Decide if Children May Have Contact with Birth Parents

1/25/2022

New York Governor Gives Adoptive Parents ‘Full Rights’ to Decide if Children May Have Contact with Birth Parents

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul vetoed a bill that would have allowed parents whose rights have been revoked to stay in their kids' lives, even when adoptive parents object.

Vermont Public Workers Union Demands Secure Facility for Incarcerated Youth

1/24/2022

Vermont Public Workers Union Demands Secure Facility for Incarcerated Youth

Vermont has no secure place to hold severely troubled youth who previously would have been housed in the Woodside Juvenile Rehabilitation Center, which closed in 2020.

Mental Health Needs to be a Priority in Foster Care

1/24/2022

Mental Health Needs to be Treated as a Priority in Foster Care

Trauma and mental illness seem to go hand in hand with foster care, writes Michael Fulcher.

1/24/2022

Why Isn’t Community College Working for So Many Foster Youth?

On this week’s podcast we discuss the final numbers on the enhanced child tax credit that ran from July to December; host home respite care comes to New York after a two-year standoff; and an audit suggests what might really be behind Montana’s very high use of foster care.

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On Child Welfare Tech, Change is Scary But Necessary

1/24/2022

On Child Welfare Tech, Change is Hard But Necessary

In child welfare, there are opportunities to work smarter through technology — if we're willing to give up our workarounds, writes Molly Tierney.

Three strikes laws

1/20/2022

California Lawmaker Adding to Growing Calls for an End to ‘Three Strikes’ Laws for Teens

California is the only state where the three strikes laws apply to 16- or 17-year-olds who commit crimes, impacting them for years.

Lael E.H. Chester is director of the Emerging Adult Justice Project at Columbia University’s Justice Lab

1/20/2022

New Responses Emerge on 18- to 25-Year Olds Who Commit Crimes

The field of emerging adult justice is new in the U.S. but the research that informs this field is well-established, write the authors.