As New York legalizes marijuana, parent advocates push child welfare agencies to be less punitive


New Texas Law Makes it Harder to Remove Kids From Parental Home

Child protective services officials in Texas can no longer remove a child from their family because a parent tested positive for cannabis.

Texas Bills Aim to Boost Parents' Rights


Texas Bills Aim to Boost Rights for Parents Accused of Mistreating Kids

A new Texas law and a bill being considered would strengthen the rights of parents in the child protection courts, allowing them greater access to court-appointed attorneys and the ability to attend court hearings virtually, even after the pandemic recedes.

As New York legalizes marijuana, parent advocates push child welfare agencies to be less punitive


As New York Legalizes Marijuana, Parent Advocates Push Child Welfare Agencies to Adapt

New York has become the 16th state to legalize recreational marijuana. And the new law makes clear that parents should not be judged for using it.


New Study Confirms Risk of Prenatal Cannabis Use

A new study on mothers’ use of marijuana during pregnancy found links to a small increase in the child’s risk of developing a range of problems, including psychopathology, low birth weight and sleep problems.


For Youth in My City, Marijuana Is the Go-To Treatment for Trauma

For children like me who grew up in Richmond, California, our lived experiences are very different than our peers who grew up just miles away in the affluent Bay Area. In Richmond, you see everything from gangs and gun violence to drugs and homelessness.

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Election Day: What’s on the Ballot for Youth and Families (Updated with Results)

          Note: This article has been updated with results for each ballot measure. Today’s much-anticipated elections include 36 gubernatorial races, and House and Senate campaigns that could change the balance of power in Washington.


    Reforming Marijuana Laws: Which Approach Best Reduces the Harms of Criminalization? A Five-State Analysis

    The Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice (CJCJ) came out with a new analysis about marijuana reforms which is gaining traction across the nation. The CJCJ sheds light on the strengths and weaknesses of two approaches to marijuana law reform: decriminalization for all ages, versus legalization for people 21 and over.


    DrugFacts: High School and Youth Trends

    Every year, the Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey measures drug, alcohol, and tobacco use and related attitudes among 8th, 10th, and 12th graders. Following are facts and statistics about youth substance use from the 2013 MTF report.


    Principles of Adolescent Substance Use Disorder Treatment: A Research-Based Guide

    Presents research-based principles of adolescent substance use disorder treatment; covers treatment for a variety of drugs including, illicit and prescription drugs, alcohol, and tobacco; presents settings and evidence-based approaches unique to treating adolescents.