Washington State Creates New Housing Grant for Young Adults Aging Out of Foster Care
As a 20-year-old foster youth in a small town an hour outside Seattle, Lillie Thompson is doing all they can to make it on their own. Thompson attends monthly meetings with an educational coach and spent the last year taking community college courses in psychology, film and Spanish to prepare for starting a four-year degree this fall.
Religious Discrimination Case Moves Forward in South Carolina
A Catholic mother’s lawsuit alleging bedrock religious discrimination by South Carolina’s largest child-placement agency with the blessing of state and federal officials may proceed, a federal judge ruled this week, rejecting calls to throw out her case.
It’s Not Just a Few Rotten Apples
Imagine for a moment that leaders of a group called the Association of Really Good Police Departments wrote a column proclaiming their sympathy for the #BlackLivesMatter movement, and even used their rhetoric, beginning the column with “Say his name. George
New York Counties Say Funding Fix on Aging Out Doesn’t Go Far Enough
Last month, New York’s Office of Children and Family Services offered a compromise to the advocates pressuring the state to allow youth in foster care to continue receiving housing support and other services past age 21, when the financial help typically expires.
Foster Youth Need Federal Support in Stimulus Plans
When the clouds of COVID-19 descended over the world, like many others, current and former foster youth lost their jobs and then their housing.
Congressional Watchdog Says Feds Should Be More Proactive on Kinship Care
Relative caregivers are parenting 2.7 million American children in kinship care. This group of caregivers often goes without critical support that is available, sometimes to the detriment of their own well-being, according to a new audit by the congressional watchdog agency.
It’s Not Enough To Mean Well
“I can’t breathe.”
These words are now painfully familiar. They were the last words of George Floyd who died on May 25, when a police officer pressed his knee to Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes as well as Eric Garner, an unarmed black man who was killed in 2014 after being put in a chokehold by New York City police.
Amid Pandemic, Congress Considers Giving Parents More Time to Reunify with Kids in Foster Care
House Bill Puts Up $2 Billion in Emergency Funds for Family, Youth Homelessness
Late last week, a bipartisan group of House legislators introduced a bill that would supply $2 billion to states for help in preventing youth or family homelessness during the coronavirus pandemic.