New York City’s “Family Defense” Movement Presses Case Against Child Welfare System in Public Hearings and Rallies

Thursday marked a raucous day of hearings in New York City, with parents protesting the overreach of the child welfare system.

Maine Plan for Keeping Families Intact Wins Federal Approval


Maine Governor Vetoes Closure of State’s Only Juvenile Lockup

Maine Gov. Janet Mills has vetoed the closure of the state’s only lockup youth facility, saying that shuttering it would pose a threat to public safety.

Top Maryland Court Offers Hope to Hundreds in Adult Prison for Crimes Committed as Kids


Minnesota Lawmakers Could End Routine Shackling of Children in Court

Perhaps the ninth time will be the charm for lawmakers who want to ban the routine shackling of juvenile defendants in Minnesota courtrooms. Every year since 2013, legislation to do so has fallen short.

Colorado expands services for transitional foster youth.


Colorado Expands Services for Transitional Foster Youth

Colorado youth who have transitioned out of foster care can re-enter the system if they wish to access services expanded under a new state law.


Groups Fighting for Black Lives Highlight Juvenile Justice, Child Welfare Systems

Images broadcast during the Black National Convention held last Friday, organized by the Movement for Black Lives. (lower right: sign language interpreter)
Dozens of Black-led advocacy groups nationwide are calling for an end to the criminalization of youth younger than age 23, and a disruption of systems that wrench newborn infants from their mothers’ arms shortly after they’ve given birth.

Foster Youth Advocate Joins Biden Administration’s Child Welfare Agency Leadership


Child Welfare Policymakers Need to Learn User Centered Design

The American child welfare system is one of our nation’s greatest civil rights crises. It fails to meet its fundamental obligation: to protect abused and neglected children. Instead, it needlessly separates families – particularly black families – simply because they are poor and puts their children into foster care, where they often experience actual maltreatment.

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    Congressional Internship for Foster Youth Forced to Go Remote

    The coronavirus pandemic has affected seemingly everything, and the 20th annual congressional summer internship program for former foster youth is no exception. For the first time in the history of the Foster Youth Internship Program, familiarly known as FYI, participants in the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute’s program will take place not in Washington, D.C.,


    Department Merger Aims for Juvenile Justice Reform in Washington

    Earlier this month, Washington state completed a year-long process of moving its juvenile justice and child care operations from its health department to its child welfare agency. State leaders have said the merger will help Washington better manage the needs of vulnerable children and families.


    Across the Country, Diverging Policies for LGBTQ Youth in Child Welfare System

    The ways in which states and their respective child welfare agencies support LGBTQ youth varies greatly, according to a state-by-state analysis and map of child welfare systems’ policies from Lambda Legal.