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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.


Youth-Led Group Builds Tiny Home Village to Fight California’s Homelessness Crisis
The art-drenched village for 18-23 year olds features 26 tiny homes and two large yurts that serve as a communal living room and kitchen.


Michigan Senate Bill Would Require More People to Report Underage Sexual Abuse


Mother’s Day Celebration Outside L.A. County Jail Sends Hope to Women Inside
Angelique Evans of the Young Women’s Freedom addresses the crowd on Friday. Photo: Jeremy Loudenback

Dozens of women wearing T-shirts emblazoned with “Free Black Mamas” logos and shouting “Happy Mother’s Day” circled a Los Angeles County women’s jail in cars Friday, a public demonstration calling attention to the struggles of incarcerated mothers and their efforts to reunify with children placed in foster care. 

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New Research Funded on Mental Health, Child Welfare

The William T. Grant Foundation has announced this year’s scholarship winners for promising early-career researchers working on methods to improve the lives of young people who have experienced poverty and other forms of hardship.

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Resuming Evictions Could Land Kids in Foster Care, Experts Say
A federal judge in Washington has struck down a national policy that prevented countless evictions during the coronavirus pandemic – a move that advocates worry could push vulnerable families and youth into homelessness, and potentially into the foster care system as well.


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.


Six New Laws Add to Georgia’s Efforts to Boost Adoption
Six new bills signed into law in Georgia this week are intended to accelerate the state’s ongoing efforts to make adoption easier.
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New Vice President Named at Children’s Defense Fund
The Children’s Defense Fund, a major U.S. child advocacy organization, has a new vice president in charge of strategy and program.