Kids Shouldn’t Have to Leave the State to Get Critical Residential Treatment

By the time Skylar was a teenager, his mother was serving a life sentence for manslaughter. His biological father was homeless, addicted to drugs and completely uninvolved in his life. As a result, Skylar began to spiral into destructive behaviors, such as theft, assault and defiance toward authority.


For Low-Income Youth in California, Much is Promised But Little Received with Mental Health Services

Adela Carranco was just 11 years old when her mother discovered she was planning to kill herself. Her suicidal intentions were tapped out in cold detail on her cell phone, from options for ending her life  — take pills, get run over, or slit her wrists — to notes saying goodbye to loved ones.


Judge OKs Class Action on Overuse of Psych Meds on Missouri Foster Youths

A federal judge has granted class-action status to a lawsuit regarding alleged overuse of psychotropic medication by Missouri’s child welfare agency. United States District Judge Nanette Laughrey announced in a decision dated July 19 that the plaintiffs in the case will include “all children in … foster care custody who presently are, or will be, prescribed or administered one or more psychotropic medications while in state care.”


Child Welfare Ideas from the Experts, #12: Regulating Psych Meds for Foster Youth

The Imprint is highlighting each of the policy recommendations made this summer by the participants of the Foster Youth Internship Program (FYI), a group of 12 former foster youths who completed congressional internships.