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New York City’s Child Welfare Agency Tells Service Providers to Vaccinate Teens


New York City’s Child Welfare Agency Tells Service Providers to Vaccinate Teens — Even Without Parent Consent

New York City’s child welfare agency told certain service providers they should vaccinate 16- and 17-year-olds against COVID-19, even without parental approval.


Manhattan Family Court Clerk Suspended After Allegations She Directed Racial Slurs At 15-year-old During Hearing

A quote from the novelist James Baldwin inside New York County Family Court in lower Manhattan. Credit: Hiram Alejandro Durán
A Manhattan Family Court clerk has been suspended without pay pending an investigation into allegations she used a racial slur describing a Black 15-year-old in a court hearing Thursday. 

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Calls Grow to Eliminate ‘Face Down’ Restraints for Foster Youth After Michigan 16-Year-Old’s Death

Following the horrific death of a 16-year-old foster youth in a Michigan residential treatment facility – who died of cardiac arrest after staff pinned him on the ground and constricted his breathing – New York advocates are calling for the state to bar face-down restraints in facilities for the highest-needs children, calling the practice “dangerous” and “barbaric.”  


Juvenile Justice Systems Wrestle with How to Shrink the Number of Youth in Lock-Up as Pandemic Intensifies

After advocates pressed Los Angeles County health officials, the Department of Public Health will now inspect juvenile detention facilities administered by the county’s Probation Department. As health concerns for youth in detention mount, advocates in L.A.

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New York City Council Pushes De Blasio Admin: What’s the Plan for Troubled Youth Detention Centers?

New York City Council confronted Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration today on a steady increase in the use of force in two youth detention facilities. “We all agree there’s a problem, the numbers lay that out,” said Manhattan Councilman Keith Powers (D), chair of the Criminal Justice Committee, to a group of administration officials who appeared to testify.


New York State Court Bars Child Welfare Systems from Pursuing Arrest Warrants for Runaway Foster Kids

A New York State appellate court expressed sympathy for New York City using  arrest warrants to bring runaway and possibly unstable foster youth into custody. But ultimately, the court ruled, there is no compelling reason within the law for family courts to approve such warrants for youth who have not broken any law.