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Kids Accounting for Greater Share of COVID-19 Cases

Children accounted for a rising share of all American COVID-19 cases as some U.S. schools gingerly welcomed students back to the classroom this summer and fall, according to a new report by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association. 


Racial Injustice in New York State Courts: Problems ‘Extensive and Systemic in Nature,’ Report Finds
A woman and child walk past the main entrance to the Bronx Family Court building. Photo: Hiram Alejandro Durán.

Black and brown attorneys mistaken for defendants, a culture that “discourages compassionate treatment” of people of color appearing in court, a Facebook post depicting a lynching, and a host of other racial injustices are among problems “so extensive and systemic in nature” they require a wholesale overhaul of the New York state court system, an alarming report released last week concludes.


PPE Shortage was Child Welfare Workers’ Biggest Need in Early Weeks of Pandemic

Adding to the growing wave of research emerging from the early days of the novel coronavirus, the results of a survey of professionals in justice and child welfare agencies show that, like health care workers, they faced a harrowing shortage of masks, gloves and other personal protective equipment.


In One Year, Homelessness Prevented for Hundreds of Former Foster Youth

Foster care provides children in need with vital resources aimed to ensure that no matter their background, they will be able to grow into self-sufficient, productive adults. Among these resources are the support structure of a family unit and the stability of a safe, dependable home. Sadly,


She Wrote the Book on Surviving Foster Care as a Black Kid

Ángela Quijada-Banks wants to make sure no one ages out of foster care like she did.

When she left North Carolina’s foster care system as a teen, she had to scramble to find housing, just days before the start of her college classes.


Next Steps for Youth Justice Reforms in New York: 18- to 25-Year-Olds
Credit: Sid, Children’s Defense Fund of New York, Youth Represent

Two years ago this month, New York City moved all 16- and 17-year-olds off the Rikers Island prison complex, for good.

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Arizona Tentatively Settles Major Federal Foster Care Lawsuit

Children in Arizona’s foster care system are in line for better access to a range of health care services and living situations after a federal judge on Wednesday tentatively approved a settlement with the state in a 5-year-old case that seems to have already forced major changes in the system. 


What It Means to Abolish Child Welfare As We Know It

The trauma and harm to families and communities caused by intrusive child welfare system interventions is well documented by multiple sources – to the degree that many argue the system can be more accurately viewed as the family policing system, family regulation system, or foster care industrial complex.


A Novel Approach on Extended Foster Care Options

Melinda and Ray Martin of San Anselmo, California, had been talking for a while about what more they could do to help youth who’ve had it rough coming up – well before the global pandemic battered the economy.