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Pushback, and Praise, for Gascón’s Youth Justice Reforms in Los Angeles
Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón Photo: Bryan Chan/Los Angeles County

Newly elected Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón is moving quickly to change how youth are prosecuted and held accountable for crimes – hiring a public defender to overhaul long-standing juvenile justice policies, ending the practice of trying children in adult court and halting the prosecution of truancy cases. 


Five Former Foster Youth Sound Off: How the Pandemic Impacts Their Education
During the COVID-19 pandemic, many in-person support services for current and former foster youth have been eliminated. This has been devastating for students pursuing higher education and left many to rely on – or long for – the lifelong connections promised when they exited foster care.


New York City Releases Long-Delayed Plan to Help Youth, Young Adults

Youth and young adults who are having a rough time overcoming the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic are targeted for help under a set of long-awaited initiatives announced this week by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. 

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Report Urges New Surveillance Methods, More Virtual Options after Coronavirus

The conservative-leaning American Enterprise Institute (AEI) published a set of recommended “lessons learned” about child welfare practice during coronavirus, while taking issue with several child welfare positions the Trump administration had during the pandemic.


Biden Needs to Consider Child Abuse Registry Reforms as an Agenda Item

The Biden administration promised bold transformative policies that would meet the contemporary racial and economic justice challenges facing the nation. We are hopeful that the Biden administration will include in that commitment some needed and radical changes to its child welfare policy, starting with the nation’s top-down policies around punitive child abuse and neglect registries.


New York City Child Welfare Union Chief Who Survived COVID-19 Gets Re-Elected To His Post
Anthony Wells, who leads a union representing juvenile justice and child welfare workers in New York, describes his own personal battle with coronavirus and the impact of the pandemic on his members.
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Biden First-Day Order Likely Means Rollback of Trump Faith-Based Protection
President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris. Photo courtesy of Facebook

On his first day in office, President Joe Biden signed an executive order that is certain to roll back protections cemented in the last days of the Trump administration for faith-based, federally-funded child welfare providers that wish to follow religion in choosing who to work with.

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Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte Plucks Child Welfare Nominee from Kentucky
Adam Meier, who was nominated to lead Montana’s Department of Public Health and Human Services.

Montana’s new Republican governor, Greg Gianforte, has named a new leader to run the state’s largest agency, the Department of Public Health and Human Services, which among other things oversees child welfare and family services.


1619, 1776, and Family Separation: How We Move Child Welfare Forward with Equity

Dear President Biden and Vice President Harris, 

During the campaign, I saw your signs touting the phrase, “Our best days still lie ahead.” 

But what do “best days” look like for our children and families?