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Los Angeles juvenile justice

11/22/2020

Child Welfare Must Face History To Get Past It

I have been thinking a lot lately about James Baldwin’s wise assertion that “People are trapped in history and history is trapped in them.” 

History is deeply embedded in the child welfare system.

11/22/2020

Sticker Shock: The Cost of New York’s Youth Prisons Approaches $1 Million Per Kid
The Brookwood Secure Center in Claverack, New York, is one of 11 locked juvenile facilities operated by the Office of Children and Family Services. Photo: Steven Yoder

A dozen years ago, New York state revealed that taxpayers were shelling out $140,000 to $200,000 each year to house each young person in the state’s juvenile facilities.

11/20/2020

New York City Moves to Limit Drug Testing of Pregnant Women
New York City moved this week to curb hospital drug testing of new and expecting mothers, a widespread and controversial practice that can lead to newborns being placed in foster care at perhaps the most delicate stage of life.
Youth Services Insider

11/20/2020

Criminal Justice: Bill Would Establish Parental Diversion Program in Federal Courts

Federal judges handing down sentences to parents and caregivers would have the power to consider whether it would be better for the whole family if the defendant were to stay out of prison or probation and instead be ordered to receive a comprehensive range of services, under legislation introduced this week.

Youth Services Insider

11/20/2020

Ohio Still Shortchanging Relative Caregivers Despite Court Order, Complaint Charges

Three years after a federal appeals court ordered Ohio to pay those who assume custody of relatives the same amount it pays licensed foster parents, the Buckeye State continues to severely shortchange kinship caregivers, according to a lawsuit seeking to enforce the order.

11/19/2020

Flourishing Before, Floundering After

More than anything, I want to create a world where youth in foster care don’t have to fear being alone and not having a place to live. That is why I’m attending Cal State Los Angeles, studying to become a social worker.

11/18/2020

Report: As California Closes Juvenile Lockups, Counties Fail to Support Intended Rehabilitation
Ventura County Juvenile Facilities Complex. Photo courtesy of Ventura County Probation Department

As California prepares for a major shake-up of its juvenile justice system, a new report suggests that counties are increasingly relying on jail-like juvenile halls to hold youth for long periods of time on indeterminate sentences.

jersey new child welfare reunification

11/18/2020

Amid Pandemic, Separated Families Celebrate Reunions
Dozens of New Jersey parents, advocates and officials gathered Tuesday for a unique celebration of families that overcame or avoided separation by the child welfare system.
Youth Services Insider

11/18/2020

Biden Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Leaders: Some Logical Candidates

Team Biden has already started to fill in White House leadership amidst what promises to be the most awkward transition in modern history. It won’t be long until it’s time to start filling in nominees across the executive branch, including some of the key positions on child welfare and juvenile justice.