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Nothing But Bad News in the “Ever in Foster Care” Report

A new federal report has found nothing new: time in foster care is associated with negative circumstances later in life. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) just published findings from a fairly novel approach to assessing the impact of foster care experience as people move from young adulthood into middle age-dom.


The Case for Race-Blind Foster Care Removal Decisions

Latagia Tyronce’s two children were playing and one, a toddler, was burned by a blow-dryer. Despite the support of the children’s grandmother, and the compelling evidence that this was an accident, Ohio’s Lucas County Department of Children’s Services removed Tyronce’s children and she was arrested for felony child endangerment.


Child Welfare is Not Exempt from Structural Racism and Implicit Bias

Social workers and social scientists have a duty to educate, clarify and raise consciousness when empirically unfounded conclusions that can be harmful to marginalized populations are promoted as fact. Some may read Naomi Schafer Riley’s blog for the American Enterprise Institute – No, The Child Welfare System Isn’t Racist – and deem it as just another piece written from a shortsighted perspective steeped in white privilege.


Report Highlights Race Disproportionality in Nebraska’s Foster Care System

Note: This article was updated on June 19. Black and Native American children are vastly overrepresented in Nebraska’s foster care system, according to a report issued this month by the state’s Foster Care Review Office (FCRO).


In California, Data Shows a Widening Racial Gap As Juvenile Incarceration Has Declined

In the past two decades, the number of youth who are detained or incarcerated by juvenile justice systems has plummeted, a trend largely attributable to declining arrest rates and buffered by intentional system reform.


Day of the Dead Celebration Helps Foster Youth Remember Their Roots

Growing up as a small child in a small town in the Mexican state of Morelos, Angel Lee Woolsey remembers the flurry of activity that would mark the annual celebration of Dia de Los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead.


    Number of Youth Sent to Adult Court Increased in 2015

    In the lead-up to a Nov. 8 election proposition that will determine the future of the direct file process in California, a new report points to the increasing prosecution of youth as adults in the state.

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    In California, Race Gap Widens to Race Crater on Juvenile Transfer Policy

    A true measure of racial disparity in the juvenile justice system compares the outcomes, at any or many points, for youths of a different race who’ve been accused of the same offense.

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    Men and Boys of Color Are Philanthropic Priority with Good Reason

    I was disappointed to read Kiersten Marek’s recent column in The Imprint. In it, she complains that the “movement and infrastructure for funding of initiatives for men and boys of color far outpace the support for women and girls of color.”