Vivek Sankaran.


Reimagining Courts As Dispensers of Justice After Coronavirus

During a recent training, a judge showed us a glimpse of his future courtroom and what awaits us when juvenile courts reopen. A plexiglass shield will separate the judge from the litigants.


Underprepared Staff Are Doing the Most Difficult Work in Child Welfare

Direct care staff who work with youth are our most immediate front line of support for youth who require additional adult intervention in school-based and residential environments. However, through no fault of their own, these individuals are on average the most undertrained, undersupervised, underpaid and seemingly undervalued paid professionals our youth come in contact with.


The Pandemic You Know, and The One You Don’t: Vulnerable Youth in The Crisis

As voices everywhere speak about “our common experience of suffering” during the COVID-19 pandemic, we risk obscuring the struggles of our already marginalized young people — youth who are homeless, those being trafficked, and those involved in the foster care and juvenile justice systems. 


Barriers to Child Protection During COVID-19: Considering the Impact on Child Maltreatment

Hubert Humphrey once said “the moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; those who are in the shadows of life; the sick, the needy and the handicapped.”


This Election Day, a Victim’s Rights Amendment Could Impact Pennsylvania’s Juvenile Justice System

Tuesday’s election offers us many opportunities to make change — from candidates to resolutions. One of most importance to me personally and professionally is Pennsylvania’s ballot referendum on Marsy’s Law, a proposed Constitutional amendment that would “grant certain rights to crime victims, including being treated with fairness, respect and dignity.”


Why We Need a New System of Care for California’s Youngest Children and Their Families

In a paper released today, the California Children’s Trust and the First 5 Center for Children’s Policy propose a paradigm shift in how California conceptualizes, delivers and funds a system of care for MediCal eligible infants, toddlers and their families.


    To Build a Positive Youth Justice System, Follow These Three Steps

    The juvenile justice system has proven to be ineffective, harmful and excessively expensive. Overwhelming evidence shows that involvement in the juvenile justice system in and of itself produces negative outcomes for young people.


    Child Welfare is Not Exempt from Structural Racism and Implicit Bias

    Social workers and social scientists have a duty to educate, clarify and raise consciousness when empirically unfounded conclusions that can be harmful to marginalized populations are promoted as fact. Some may read Naomi Schafer Riley’s blog for the American Enterprise Institute – No, The Child Welfare System Isn’t Racist – and deem it as just another piece written from a shortsighted perspective steeped in white privilege.

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    Short-Term Emergency Shelters Better Than Uncertain Alternatives

    Oklahoma is closing its emergency shelters for foster children pursuant to a settlement in a class action suit. As of October 20, the Oklahoma City shelter was down to one child, and the Tulsa shelter was to be closed by the end of the calendar year.