Pandemic Kept Kids in Foster Care Longer, Records Show
The coronavirus pandemic coincided with major drops in foster care exits, reunifications and adoptions last year, according to an Associated Press analysis of child welfare records from 34 states. The global news cooperative’s analysis discovered that reunifications between parent and foster child fell by at least 8,700 between March and December of 2020, compared with the same period the year prior.
Juvenile Justice Chief Under Fire in South Carolina
The head of South Carolina’s Department of Juvenile Justice took a blow last week when the state Senate gave him a vote of no confidence.
NYU Receives $16 Million Gift for Social Science Research Using Big Data
New York University’s Silver School of Social Work has received what NYU called one of the largest gifts ever given to such a school, which will be used to try to crack open new insights into the problems of racism and social inequality.
New York Legislature Passes Bill Allowing Parent-Child Contact After Termination of Rights
The New York Legislature has moved a bill to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s desk that would allow parents who the courts have found abused, neglected or abandoned their children to continue to visit with them, even after a court has terminated their parental rights.
New York Votes to Raise the Minimum Age of Arrest From Seven to 12, Reform Awaits Cuomo’s Signature
The New York Legislature passed a historic justice reform that bars the arrest and prosecution of children under age 12. The reform awaits Gov. Andrew Cuomo's signature.
Oregon House Sends Measure Recognizing Tribal Adoptions to Governor
Oregon lawmakers have voted to codify provisions of the federal Indian Child Welfare Act into state law and sent the bill to the desk of Democratic Gov. Kate Brown.
Michigan Remains Far Short of Child Welfare Reform Goals, Court Monitor Finds
More than a decade after a federal judge approved Michigan’s sweeping agreement to fix problems with its child welfare system, the court-appointed monitoring team reported multiple ongoing concerns about the safety of kids under state care.
California Leaders Push to Reverse Plummeting Statewide College Enrollment
A new study found a steep drop in college enrollment this spring — particularly in community colleges, which often serve more low-income students, foster youth and others who experience barriers to higher education.
Illinois on Cusp of Bias Training Requirement for Mandated Child Welfare Reporters
Illinois teachers and others who look after children in a nonparental role may soon have to be taught how to recognize and eliminate their own racial and ethnic biases as mandated reporters of potential child abuse and neglect.