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White House Announces Slate of Actions on Child Welfare

The Biden administration announced a mix of final and proposed rules on child welfare policy today that cover the placement of foster youth with relatives, legal representation for parents and children involved with the system, and the placement of LGBTQ youth in foster care. 

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Oklahoma Launching Program to Provide Counsel in Child Welfare Cases

The Oklahoma Legislature has approved a program to pay and train lawyers for children and parents involved in child welfare cases.

What Happens When Foster Youth Want an Abortion — and What Could Soon Change?


What Happens When Foster Youth Want an Abortion — and What Could Soon Change?

A leading Massachusetts attorney for pregnant minors discusses confidential court hearings for youth seeking an abortion without parental consent.

Amid Protest, Los Angeles County Supervisors Commit to Pre-Petition Representation


Amid Protest, L.A. County Looks to Early Legal Representation for Parents to Avoid Foster Care Removals

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted to provide parents with free legal counsel at the outset of a child welfare investigation.  

NY Lawmakers Pitch Ambitious Investments in Child Welfare


New York Lawmakers Plan Ambitious Investments in Child Welfare

New York lawmakers have proposed state spending plans that call for $3 billion in investments in child care, and an increased spending on child welfare.

Universal Family Representation Requires Power Sharing


To Get Universal Family Representation, We Must Move Past Power Sharing Worries

Universal legal representation in child welfare cases is vital, but requires those with power in the field to cede some control, writes Taylor Cheeseman.

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    Texas Bills Aim to Boost Parents' Rights


    Center on Children and The Law Staffing Up

    The American Bar Association’s Center on Children and the Law is staffing up, with the addition of four new attorneys to work on issues including kinship care and legal counsel for parents and children in child welfare cases.

    Vivek Sankaran.


    Comfort the Troubled, and Trouble the Comforted

    My law students entered my virtual office dejected. Their teenage client had been accused of assault. As a result, he needed to change foster care placements, again. His mental health needs were not being addressed by the child welfare agency.


    Albany Must Give Young New Yorkers A Right to Counsel Before Police Interrogations

    Last fall, in a cramped interrogation room, a NYPD detective read a 17-year-old his Miranda rights and asked whether he was willing to answer questions. Sitting next to the boy was his mother.