Lawsuit Pauses Transfer of Louisiana Youth to the Notorious Angola Adult Prison
Extra, Extra! Here’s a Seat, but with Exceptions
Even when former foster youth meet all the requirements for rewarding opportunities, glass ceilings and exceptions are still in place, says Youth Voice writer Aliyah Zeien.
Improving Low-Quality Mental Health Services From Within the Foster Care System
Many former foster youth avoid mental health services because of the low-quality care they received, writes Aliyah Zeien.
Vaccination Rates in Louisiana’s Crowded Juvenile Lockups Concern Advocates
With just 1 in 4 of Louisiana’s incarcerated youth fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, children’s advocates say the state should do more to protect them, as the more transmissible delta variant spreads.
Louisiana Tries — and Fails — to Ban Corporal Punishment in Schools
The latest effort to ban spanking and other forms of corporal punishment in Louisiana public schools once more failed to get enough votes to pass. The state House voted 48-49 last week, five short of the number required to pass the bill, which was authored by Republican Rep.
Calls to Release Youth from Lockups Due to Virus Threat Grow Nationwide
With most free residents across the United States keeping at least six feet apart, feverishly washing their hands and avoiding any social groups, 43,000 young people in juvenile lockups and prisons are living in coronavirus petri dishes that have become “brewing reservoirs” of infection, according to inmates and juvenile justice experts.
Finally, a Judge Who Owns the Decision to Remove Kids
Last week, the Washington Post profiled the remarkable work of Judge Ernestine Gray to essentially eliminate New Orleans’ foster care system. Between 2011 and 2017, the number of kids in foster care in New Orleans fell by 89 percent.
Louisiana Ties New Extended Care Program to Evidence-Based Service for Youth Aging Out of Foster Care
In 2018, Louisiana was among the handful of states with no offer of foster care support beyond age 18 for youth who became adults in the system. Since then, the state has moved quickly through incremental steps toward extended foster care, and is now poised to begin a robust expansion to age 21 that will tie older youth to specially-trained case managers stationed around the state.
State Actions on Indian Child Welfare Act Since Federal Judge Struck It Down
As we reported last week, several tribes have appealed the recent ruling striking down the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), and are asking the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to issue a stay on the lower court’s ruling until the appeal is decided on.