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The Six Circles of Uncertainty

Paul DiLorenzo describes six circles of uncertainty in the child welfare system that create an orbit of frustration for families

Washington Must Step Up to Protect Foster Youths’ Benefits


Washington Must Step Up to Protect Foster Youths’ Benefits

Ian Marx urges Washington to take action on the national level to protect benefits that belong to youth in foster care.


Mandated Reporters Need Training on Context, Critical Thinking

Around the country, child welfare systems large and small have built a front door to child protection that relies heavily on information provided to the state from the public, especially from “mandated reporters” such as school officials, doctors and police officers. 

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.