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New Jersey Enacts Siblings Bill of Rights in Foster Care

A New Jersey law now recognizes the right of youth in foster care to remain connected with their biological siblings.

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Two Big Names Hired to Lead Maryland’s Child Welfare, Juvenile Justice Departments

Gov. Wes Moore appointed Vincent Schiraldi and Rafael López to lead the state’s juvenile justice and child welfare departments.

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New Jersey Sending Coronavirus Relief Checks to Older Foster Youth

Illustration by Christine Ongjoco
Congress hasn’t been able to get together on a new coronavirus relief package for months, but at least some money from a previous one is on the way to nearly 1,200 transition-age foster youth in the state of New Jersey.


What Foster Youth Need Right Now

Since 2020, things have been … well, not going great. From World War III almost happening, Kobe Bryant dying in a helicopter crash, to the pandemic of COVID-19, or as we know the coronavirus.


This Will Change the Course of America Forever

When I first heard about the coronavirus, I thought back to an exaggerated meteorology report in the winter. I heard the commotion of my town, “it will snow 2 feet, the schools will be closed, the roads will be dangerous to drive on!”


Opportunities to Re-Create My Narrative

For most, the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the lives we once had. Social distancing and isolation is the new norm as the world is continuously being impacted by the coronavirus. March 13 was the last day I would physically spend in school indefinitely.


    Profiles in Permanency: Tuning into Teens in New Jersey

    The National Quality Improvement Center for Adoption and Guardianship Support and Preservation (QIC-AG) is a five-year cooperative agreement, funded through the Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children’s Bureau, designed to promote permanence when reunification is no longer a goal and improve adoption and guardianship preservation and support.


    New York City’s Child Welfare System Quietly Swims Upstream to Prevent Family Separation

    On a recent Tuesday in New York City’s Hunts Point neighborhood, Emily Lopez directs a visitor to the “selfie chair,” a large plastic throne in this new family center’s sunny atrium, perfect for impromptu Instagramming.

    Youth Role in Violence, Carjackings Overstated, the Sentencing Project Says


    California Considers a “Bat-Signal” for Foster Youth in Distress

    The woman used a thick extension cord on her foster children. Welts rose. Bruises formed. Fear became the norm inside the Watts neighborhood home in Los Angeles where LaToya Cooper and six other children were sent to live.