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.

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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. 

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Senators Patty Murray, pictured left, and Ron Wyden, pictured right, launched inquiry into reported abuse at youth treatment facilities.


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.

White House Issues Plan for Artificial Intelligence Bill of Rights


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.

Lawsuit Against Oregon’s Anti-Discrimination Policy Re-Ups Movement to Shield Faith-Based Child Welfare Providers


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


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.

    Both branches of the Oregon state legislature have voted to codify provisions of the Indian Child Welfare Act into state law.


    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.

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    Federal Children’s Bureau OK’s Oregon’s Foster Care Prevention Plan

    Oregon this week became the 12th state to win federal approval for a plan to prevent children from falling into foster care.