Teen’s Suicide Brings Struggles of L.A.’s LGBTQ Foster Youth into Focus

On Sept. 4, a 19-year-old foster youth stepped in front of a freight train in Pomona and was killed. The only mention of the fatality was brief article published by OnScene.TV,

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New York City’s Patchwork System for Homeless Youth Heavy on Crisis Response, Weak on Prevention and Coordination

A team from the University of Chicago think-tank Chapin Hall is about to publish one of the first comprehensive surveys of a hard-to-track segment of homeless New Yorkers: Youth and young adults on the streets alone.


Oregon’s Child Welfare System Hit With Lawsuit After a Rising Number of Foster Kids Sent to Institutional Facilities

  As the Oregon state legislature considers the fate of an increasing number of foster children sent to out-of-state institutional facilities, legal advocates filed a class-action lawsuit today in federal court designed to address the state of its “overwhelmed” child welfare system.


For LGBTQ Youth in Foster Care, Finding Home is Hard

About three months after I first entered the foster care system at age 12, a foster parent uttered words that would stay with me for the rest of my life. “Gay people are sinners who have no direction in life,” she told me.

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A Look Back at 2017: The Year in Youth Services

A Look Back at 2017: The Year in Youth Services It used to be easier to think back and recap a year. Now, between the tweets and the protests and the investigations and the bitmojis, one’s brain is so cloudy by late December it’s hard to make sense of it all.

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On Same-Sex Parenting, Roy Moore ‘Relic’ of Not-So-Distant Past

As reporters and columnists for CNN and Slate have mentioned, Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore (R) actively curtailed the parental rights of the LGBT community during his career as a judge.

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    Texas Faith-Based Bill Will Be Headache for State to Enforce

    This week, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) handed a legislative victory to faith-based entities that want to get child welfare contracts but not do anything they find objectionable on religious grounds.

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    Quick Takeaways from López Q&A (Updated April 5)

    Not gonna lie: When it took until last summer to get a new commissioner in at the Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF), Youth Services Insider lost interest in the happenings over there.

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    Harlem Church Foreclosure Spells Potential Expansion, Poetic Justice for LGBTQ Youth Center

    “Poetic justice” is a phrase rarely used to describe unpaid bills, foreclosure or youth homelessness. However, in recent weeks in Harlem, the phrase has been repeated in everything from prominent blogs to local news coverage as an LGBTQ youth support center attempts to expand into a nearby church.