NCYL Leader Jesse Hahnel Steps Down
Jesse Hahnel, longtime executive director of the National Center for Youth Law, is leaving the Oakland-based organization.
My foster care nightmare started when I lived in three group homes and three foster homes in one year, writes Isabel Lucena Olvera.
Child Welfare Ideas from the Experts
Intern Stormy Lukasavage calls on the federal government to address the links between child welfare and youth justice involvement.
Brother of Kansas Foster Youth Slain by Authorities Files Federal Civil Rights Lawsuit
A federal civil rights lawsuit was filed by the family of Cedric Lofton, a Kansas foster youth killed by local juvenile justice authorities.
Kansas Looks Toward Reform in Wake of In-custody Killing of Foster Youth Cedric Lofton
After Cedric Lofton was killed in a correctional facility last fall, Kansas advocates and officials aim to prevent future in-custody deaths.
Kansas House Rejects Bid to Eliminate Safety Net Hurdles; Senate May Add New Barrier
After Kansas lawmakers rejected a bill to expand access for food assistance in the House, the Senate is now considering a bill that would limit access.
FBI Looking Into In-custody Death of a Kansas Teen in Foster Care
The FBI is reviewing the death of a Black teenager in foster care who died in custody last fall at a juvenile intake center in Kansas.
Kansas Governor Laura Kelly Creates Division of the Child Advocate as Watchdog
Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly signed an executive order early this month establishing the Division of the Child Advocate.
Judge OKs Plan Requiring Kansas to Provide Mental Health Care to Foster Kids
A federal judge has approved a settlement agreement that children’s attorneys say will ensure children in Kansas’ foster care system can get the mental health care they need. “All children in foster care have the right to a stable, caring home where their mental health needs are met, and our settlement agreement finally moves Kansas in that direction,” said Leecia Welch, plaintiff co-counsel and senior director at the National Center for Youth Law.