Los Angeles’ Plan to Address the Overrepresentation of Black and LGBTQ Youth in Foster Care

On Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors created a new office to address the high number of African American and LGBTQ youth in the county’s child welfare system. A new Office of Equity within the county’s Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) aims to stem the overrepresentation of these youth in foster care and address the disparities these communities experience.

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Study: Half of Kids Born to Teen Moms in Foster Care Will Wind Up in Foster Care Themselves

Half of children born to mothers in foster care will also enter into the child welfare system by their second birthday, according to a study published in this month’s issue of the journal Pediatrics.  


Permanency in the News

Permanency in the News is a weekly email roundup of media stories on permanency in child welfare curated and distributed by Dr. Greg Manning. Below you will find this week’s edition.


Chronic Health Conditions More Common Among Children in Child Welfare System

By Lily Conover Youth investigated by child welfare agencies in the United States suffer from chronic health conditions at a rate much higher than that of the general population, according to research published in the journal Pediatrics in March 2013.


Hearing on the Utilization of Psychotropic Medication for Children in Foster Care

The Testimony of Laurel K. Leslie on behalf of the American Academy of Pediatrics at the House ways and Means on Income Subcommittee on Income Security and Family Support. Link