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Patricia Soung

9/27/2020

New Study Confirms Risk of Prenatal Cannabis Use

A new study on mothers’ use of marijuana during pregnancy found links to a small increase in the child’s risk of developing a range of problems, including psychopathology, low birth weight and sleep problems.

9/27/2020

New York Marches to Ensure Black Foster Youth Aren’t Forgotten

In a public demonstration of their presence and pain, dozens of young people and their supporters gathered under bright New York skies Saturday for what they billed as the first-ever march for Black foster youth.

Youth Services Insider

9/25/2020

Ohio Senate Seeks Ban on Life Without Parole for Juveniles

Ohio made a strong move Wednesday toward becoming the 24th state to ban sentences of life without parole for crimes committed when the defendant was a juvenile.

The handful or two of people already serving such sentences in Ohio, and a number of others serving de facto life sentences, could be eligible for parole if the bill is passed by the Ohio House and signed into law.

9/24/2020

Survey Finds Black and Native Foster Youth Bearing the Brunt of Coronavirus in Minnesota

More than 80% of Minnesota current or former foster youth have been negatively impacted by COVID-19, and the fallout has been disproportionately borne by African Americans and American Indians, according to a report released today by the Foster Advocates, a St.

9/24/2020

Moving Away from Top-Down Leadership in Child Welfare

The trust level between child welfare leaders and local partners will be a key factor in predicting success for any neighborhood-based family support efforts emerging from a Family First Act planning process.

9/24/2020

L.A. County, Foster Advocates Reach Settlement of 18-Year-Old Mental Health Court Case

After 17 years of operating under a consent decree, Los Angeles County has reached an agreement to extricate itself from a long-running federal lawsuit that sought to address gaps in mental health care services for children in foster care in California.

9/23/2020

Foster Youth and Alumni Speak Up for Special Groups Among Them

Foster youth often feel misunderstood and marginalized by society as a whole. Within the larger foster youth community, however, certain groups must deal with even more stress. Those groups, and how to help them build fulfilling lives, are the subjects of the latest set of policy recommendations by the National Foster Care Youth and Alumni Policy Council.

9/23/2020

Shocking Sticker Price for Locking Up Youth in L.A. County: Calls Grow for Cheaper, More Humane Alternatives
At a car rally in April, youth, families and advocates called on Los Angeles officials to release incarcerated youth during the pandemic. Photo: Jeremy Loudenback

As the number of youth locked up in Los Angeles County’s detention facilities plunged to a historic low during the pandemic, costs have soared, renewing calls to strip funding from the Probation Department and shutter increasingly expensive juvenile halls and camps.

9/23/2020

Quietly Persistent Brooklyn Senator Who Led On Juvenile Justice and Other Long-Contested Reforms Set to Retire

‘Velmanette builds the wagons, puts them on the road, and then everybody else jumps on them’

Brooklyn State Senator Velmanette Montgomery. Credit: Christine Ongjoco

There’s a poorly lit, windowless courtroom in lower Manhattan that rarely attracts an audience.