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Coronavirus Relief: For Us, This Is Personal

The child welfare system is expansive, sometimes overbearing, and complex in the outcomes it can deliver. Equally as complex are the young people who enter and exit and the lives they choose to lead. 



Los Angeles Shares Model for Fighting Sex Trafficking of Minors

In 1996, about 1,000 delegates from 130 nations gathered in Stockholm to finally get serious about a global effort to curb a problem to which it had long turned a blind eye: the commercial sexual exploitation of children.



Engagement With Remote Learning Alarmingly Low Among New York City Disadvantaged Youth

Amid a fresh wave of coronavirus infections washing over New York City — a development that has reversed the city’s halting efforts to slowly ease more students back into the classroom — comes a new report finding that thousands of students “failed to connect” at all with remote learning opportunities last spring.


Foster Youth Nationwide Gain Priority for Free Online Tutoring

As students across the country struggle to keep up with their schoolwork while sheltering from the coronavirus, tens of thousands of foster youth will now have access to one-on-one support from a free tutoring program being rolled out nationwide. 

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Family First Act Services Can Be Delivered Remotely During Pandemic, Feds Say

The U.S. Children’s Bureau notified state and local child welfare leaders this week that newly funded services under the Family First Prevention Services Act can be delivered remotely for the duration of the coronavirus pandemic.


L.A. County Moves A Step Forward in a New Approach to Juvenile Justice

Supporting radical changes to its juvenile justice system, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday endorsed a sweeping plan that would move hundreds of young people out of juvenile halls and detention camps run by the Probation Department.


New York Lawmaker Pushes City Agencies to Fast-Track Youth Rental Assistance
New York City Council member Stephen Levin (D) of Brooklyn is pushing for housing vouchers for young adults leaving foster care or the runaway and homeless youth shelter system. Credit: New York City Council

Visibly frustrated with two city agencies responsible for preventing homelessness among young adults aging out of foster care, a New York City Council member said in a virtual public meeting Tuesday he would force changes through legislation to grant easier access to housing vouchers for youth with no home to call their own.


U.S. Justice Department: Discrimination Settlement a ‘Landmark’ Moment for Disabled Parents

Massachusetts must stop its yearslong practice of using “unsupported stereotypes” to justify taking away the children of parents with disabilities, under a settlement that the U.S. Justice Department said should serve as a warning to other states.

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Decision Backing Conversion Therapy Inches Controversy Closer to U.S. Supreme Court

A federal appellate court last week struck down local bans in Florida on psychotherapy aimed at changing the sexual identity or orientation of minors.

The ruling increases the odds of the “conversion therapy” issue ending up in the U.S.