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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


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.

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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.



    Maryland Seeks to Fix College Tuition Waiver That Incentivizes Aging Out

    Maryland may be set to pass a law that would clear a major barrier to permanency for older youth in foster care: An extension of college tuition waivers to include youth who do not age out of the system.


    A Three-Branch Approach to Child Welfare Reform

    When the Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities released its groundbreaking report this past March, it helped launch a national dialogue about child safety, and most importantly, shifted the current narrative around maltreatment-related fatalities in a significant way.

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    Is Youth Services International Finally Out of Business?

    After years of controversy over its management of juvenile facilities and treatment of juvenile offenders, Youth Services International has surrendered its contracts with the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, as part of a lawsuit settlement that will also see $2 million coming back to Florida to compensate for misspent funds.