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Costa’s Defense of Residential Treatment Left Someone Out

In his response to reporter Karen de Sá’s searing expose of the misuse and overuse of psychiatric medication on foster children in general and one case from his own institution in particular, Joseph Costa, CEO of Hillsides, serves up all the usual buzzwords and boilerplate.


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.


“Drugging Our Kids” Wins Another Journalism Award

The multimedia series “Drugging Our Kids,” published by the San Jose Mercury News, won the Edward R. Murrow Award for an online news video documentary by a large online organization last week.


California Bill Would Have Judges Curb Psychotropics among Foster Youth

By Isaac Smith After a year of scathing indictments by the media and advocates concerning the overuse of psychotropic drugs on foster children, the legislature responded with a flood of bills aimed at strengthening the safeguards for the prescription of psychological medications to foster youth.


Why Foster Youth Are Overmedicated

A recent article in the Los Angeles Times addressed what some suggest is the over-medication of children in the Los Angeles County foster care system. Certainly this is a significant issue, and indeed, if children are being overmedicated, it must be addressed.

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Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice in 2015: The Big Questions

A few weeks back we reflected on the stories and trends that defined juvenile justice and child welfare in 2014. So what might 2015 bring on the national stage? Here are a few things to watch on that front: Differential Response Unraveling?

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    Some Early Details on Obama’s $750 Million Mental Health Plan for Foster Youths

    Administration officials spoke for the first time about President Barack Obama’s proposal for a 10-year, $750 million effort to “address over-prescription of psychotropic medications for children in foster care,” on a Friday conference call with child welfare advocacy, research and member organizations.


    A History of Exploiting America’s Foster Youth: Part Three

    Note: This is part three of a three-part look by columnists and former foster youth Waln Brown and John Seita about the darker side of foster care in America. Click here to read Part One, and click here to read Part Two.