Citing Costs, California Gov. Gavin Newsom Nixes Child Welfare Reforms, Signs on to Juvenile Bill of Rights
Read The Imprint’s round-up of child welfare and juvenile justice-related legislation signed and vetoed by California’s Democratic governor.
Billing Parents for Their Children’s Foster Care? One California Lawmaker Says No
California parents fighting to reunify with their kids in foster care face an arduous path. They must appear at numerous court hearings, complete hours of classes, and attend all scheduled visitations — often while finding housing, separating from abusive partners and kicking drug habits.
California Juvenile Justice Bills Head to Governor’s Desk
California Gov. Gavin Newsom will soon decide on a sweeping plan to curtail the use of probation supervision, a new bill of rights for youth in juvenile detention and limits on how police can interrogate minors.
The Challenge of Changing America’s Amorphous, Limitless Neglect Laws
Diane Redleaf reviews some promising developments for those interested in sharpening the definition of neglect in child welfare law
South Carolina Steps Closer to Extending Further Support to Aging-Out Foster Youth
South Carolina could join the many states that tap federal foster care funds to help establish extended foster care.
Colorado Considers a Raise the Age Youth Justice Bill
The House Judiciary Committee last week approved a Colorado bill that would raise the age of criminal responsibility in the state.
Wisconsin Bills Would Expand Authorities’ Ability to Strip Parental Rights
As federal policy on child welfare aims to help parents build strong bonds with their children so that fewer kids end up in foster care, a pair of bills in Wisconsin propose new grounds for terminating parental rights.
California Bill Limiting Youth Probation Will Be Considered Next Year
California's AB 503, known as The End Endless Probation Act, would put limits on youth probation. It was filed inactive this legislative session but will be considered next year.
Child Abuse Prevention: Senators Seek More CAPTA Money for Community-Based Family Services
Saying efforts to prevent child abuse and neglect are "tragically underfunded," two U.S. senators have introduced a bill that could pump hundreds of millions of dollars into addressing the problem.