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1/14/2021

Poll Seeks Input From Foster and Kinship Families About Pandemic Impacts

As we approach one year of living with the coronavirus pandemic, we want to hear from foster and kinship families about how the global health crisis has transformed their lives.

Our editorial team has designed a short, anonymous survey for caregivers of youth currently in foster care.

1/14/2021

The Value of Leaving the Door Open for Families
Vivek Sankaran, University of Michigan School of Law

As I started to clean up the kitchen after Christmas dinner with my family, a text message appeared on my phone. The message simply read, “Merry Christmas,” with a picture attached.

Youth Services Insider

1/14/2021

Number of Child Abuse and Neglect Victims Reached Record Low in 2019

As America headed into the coronavirus pandemic, the number of children who were confirmed to have been victims of abuse or neglect fell to its lowest point in a long time, perhaps more than two decades, according to the annual report released today by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF). 

Family First Act

1/14/2021

While Trump Separated Families, One of His Appointees Fought To Keep Them Together. Will Biden Keep Him Around?
Jerry Milner testifies before a House Ways and Means subcommittee about implementation of the Family First Prevention Services Act in July of 2018.

In June of 2018, at the height of the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” border policy separating thousands of migrant children from their parents, one presidential appointee delivered a very different message to a small group of American parents who had struggled with the foster care system: Jerry Milner, head of the U.S.

1/14/2021

California Budgets $8 Million to Bring Youth Home from Troubled Facilities

California will spend more than $8 million to find safer homes for children returning from troubled out-of-state residential programs, in response to a Chronicle and Imprint investigation into rampant reports of abuse at the facilities.

1/13/2021

Human Services Measurement: Service Delivery Must Take Backseat to True Outcomes

Since the birth of America’s settlement house movement, human services organizations have played a critical role in partnering with those with lived experiences to build assets in neighborhoods that strengthen communities.

Cindy Ackerman commissioner

1/13/2021

Q&A: St. Lawrence County’s New Commissioner Faces Massive Caseload
Photo courtesy of Cindy Ackerman.

Even before the pandemic struck in March, the past year has been challenging for the Department of Social Services in St. Lawrence County, a rural county just south of the Canada border.

1/13/2021

National Freeze on Aging Out of Foster Care Will Make ‘Profound Difference,’ New York Advocates Say
Illustration by Christine Ongjoco

Ten months into a deadly pandemic that continues to wreak havoc on society and the economy, a federal relief package bundled extra child welfare money to states with a new rule: You can’t let foster youth age out into adulthood during the ongoing coronavirus emergency. 

Youth Services Insider

1/13/2021

On Way Out, Administration Stresses Civil Legal Advocacy and Racial Equity in Child Welfare

The traditional flurry of last-minute child welfare policy work from the Administration for Children and Families continued yesterday, with two memoranda on civil legal advocacy, and the lessons of and opportunities created by the coronavirus pandemic.