Maryland Eyes Law to Protect Domestic Violence Survivors from “Failure to Protect” Charges
Maryland may be the first state to protect domestic abuse survivors from being charged with neglect for their child’s exposure to the abuse.
Maryland and Iowa Are the Latest to be Sued Over Youth Mental Health Services
National advocacy group Children’s Rights is suing two Maryland and Iowa over their mental healthcare services for youth.
The Office of Family Assistance Gets New Director, Ann Flagg
The Office of Family Assistance, a division of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, has a new director — Ann Flagg.
Biden Nominates Oregon Leader, and Former Foster Youth, for a Top Child Welfare Post
Rebecca Jones Gaston has been nominated by President Biden to lead the Administration for Children, Youth and Families.
Top Maryland Court Offers Hope to Hundreds in Adult Prison for Crimes Committed as Kids
A new ruling by the highest court in Maryland offers fresh hope to hundreds of offenders sent to prison for crimes they committed as minors.
Maryland Beefs Up Tuition Waiver Law
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on Tuesday signed a stronger and more expansive college tuition waiver law for some of the state’s most disadvantaged youth — those who are homeless and kids in the foster care system.
Juvenile Detention Population Plummeted as the Pandemic Spread, Survey Suggests
As the COVID-19 pandemic swept across the country in March, the number of juveniles in pretrial detention fell by nearly a quarter, according to a survey of government agencies in 30 states released Thursday.
National Effort to Address Therapy Quality for Adoptees Reaches New York
Adoptees can face a unique struggle with grief, loss and identity — contrary to how they are often depicted in films like “Annie” or “Superman.” But most graduate programs in counseling and therapy rarely explore the issue, or the complexities of the child welfare system, leaving adoptive families nationwide to struggle alone.
Parent Defense Movement Warily Celebrates Momentum on Child Welfare Reform
An emboldened parent defense movement convened at a Ritz-Carlton near Washington, D.C., last week, intent to capitalize on recent policy victories and public attention. The goal? To reduce the number of parents they believe are unnecessarily separated from their kids by the child welfare system.