A Growing Number of States Vow to Stop Seizing Benefits Owed to Foster Youth
Child welfare agencies often intercept Social Security and other benefits owed to foster youth. In some states, that's starting to change.
Friends of the Children Awarded $33 Million Grant to Bolster Mentoring Program
The Oregon-based mentoring organization Friends of the Children has been gifted $33 million by Gary and Christine Rood. The grant comes on the heels of a $44 million grant from the Mackenzie Scott Foundation awarded in August.
Senators Want Answers About Alleged Abuse at Youth Treatment Facilities
Two senators have launched a new inquiry into four major operators of youth residential treatment programs that have been the subject of recent reports of abusive treatment.
Oregon Officials Phase Out Use of Artificial Intelligence Tool in Child Welfare Cases
Oregon child welfare officials are replacing an algorithm used to help determine which families should be visited by child protective services with a new screening process.
Federal Judge Allows Oregon Child Welfare Lawsuit to Proceed
A class-action lawsuit alleging that the state of Oregon has violated the rights of children in its child welfare system may proceed, a federal judge ruled last week.
Family Surveillance by Algorithm: The Rapidly Spreading Tools Few Have Heard Of
The child welfare system uses algorithms, risk assessment and predictive analytics to monitor families and determine whether children are at risk of maltreatment.
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.
Unanimous Oregon House Backs Customary Tribal Adoption
The Oregon House of Representatives recently gave unanimous approval to legislation that would require state judges to accept tribal customary adoptions in cases involving Native American and Alaska Native children, ensuring that they can remain connected to their tribe.