Racial Injustice in New York State Courts: Problems ‘Extensive and Systemic in Nature,’ Report Finds
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.
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,
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.
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
Two years ago this month, New York City moved all 16- and 17-year-olds off the Rikers Island prison complex, for good.
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.
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.
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.
Liar, Liar, Life on Fire
When I look back at my childhood, I see why I wanted to pretend it away.
I grew up in the Bronx, the only child of a single mother. My father would pop his head in and out periodically, but ultimately, my family was my mother and my beloved grandmother, who lived nearby.
Schoolwork Behind Bars Often Goes to Waste, Study Finds
New York City has a tortured history educating its youth caught up in the criminal justice system. Until last the decade, city judges sent young people with delinquency cases hours away from home to isolated, barbed-wired youth prisons, where subpar schooling left them far behind their former classmates.