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Kathy McNaught

Youth Services Insider

1/17/2021

L.A. Kings Sport CalHOPE Logo on Helmet, Face Off for Youth in Crisis Amid Pandemic

The Los Angeles Kings hockey club is sticking up for the Southern California community’s mental health this season as coronavirus precautions drag toward their 12th month.

Starting with Thursday’s season opener against the Minnesota Wild at the Staples Center and going coast to coast through all home and away games, fans will see the words “California Hope” emblazoned on each side of players’ helmets.

1/17/2021

Los Angeles CASA Leader Departs to Head New Probation Oversight Effort

Wendelyn Julien, the CEO of Los Angeles County’s Court-Appointed Special Advocates program, is stepping down from her position at the end of the month after she was chosen to lead a new local office that will oversee the Probation Department.

1/17/2021

Building A Respectful Approach to Child Safety

In child welfare we are prone to distraction. Through the decades we’ve become excited by multiple trends and legislation addressing safety, family preservation and permanency, assuming they would resolve the complexities of our work with families.

1/15/2021

State, L.A. Agree on Plan to Improve Conditions of Juvenile Detention

More than two years after the California Department of Justice launched an investigation into deficient and inhumane conditions in Los Angeles County’s juvenile detention facilities, the county and its school district settled on plans to clean up the problems over the next four years.

1/14/2021

Poll Seeks Input From Foster and Kinship Families About Pandemic Impacts

As we approach one year of living with the coronavirus pandemic, we want to hear from foster and kinship families about how the global health crisis has transformed their lives.

Our editorial team has designed a short, anonymous survey for caregivers of youth currently in foster care.

1/14/2021

The Value of Leaving the Door Open for Families
Vivek Sankaran, University of Michigan School of Law

As I started to clean up the kitchen after Christmas dinner with my family, a text message appeared on my phone. The message simply read, “Merry Christmas,” with a picture attached.

Youth Services Insider

1/14/2021

Number of Child Abuse and Neglect Victims Reached Record Low in 2019

As America headed into the coronavirus pandemic, the number of children who were confirmed to have been victims of abuse or neglect fell to its lowest point in a long time, perhaps more than two decades, according to the annual report released today by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF). 

Family First Act

1/14/2021

While Trump Separated Families, One of His Appointees Fought To Keep Them Together. Will Biden Keep Him Around?
Jerry Milner testifies before a House Ways and Means subcommittee about implementation of the Family First Prevention Services Act in July of 2018.

In June of 2018, at the height of the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” border policy separating thousands of migrant children from their parents, one presidential appointee delivered a very different message to a small group of American parents who had struggled with the foster care system: Jerry Milner, head of the U.S.

1/14/2021

California Budgets $8 Million to Bring Youth Home from Troubled Facilities

California will spend more than $8 million to find safer homes for children returning from troubled out-of-state residential programs, in response to a Chronicle and Imprint investigation into rampant reports of abuse at the facilities.