Child Welfare Ideas from The Experts

The Imprint is highlighting each of the policy recommendations made this summer by the participants of the Foster Youth Internship Program, a group of 11 former foster youths who have completed congressional internships.


New York City Lawmakers, Moms Push Sweeping Changes to Child Maltreatment Reporting System

Lawmakers joined New York City parents Monday for a virtual rally in support of an ambitious reform package that would bar anonymous child abuse and neglect reports, arm parents with Miranda-style rights when they are accused and require written consent for drug testing new and expecting mothers in hospitals.

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Colleagues Mourn Death of Phyllis Brunson, Celebrate Her Advocacy for Kids, Families

Phyllis Brunson of the Center for the Study of Social Policy. Photo courtesy of CSSP.
For over a quarter-century, Phyllis Brunson elevated the voices of marginalized young people and their families as they sought to reshape the course of their lives.


Minnesota Counties, Workers Sued in Death of Child in Foster Care

The trustee for relatives of a 17-month-old girl who was beaten to death in an unlicensed Minnesota foster home has filed a wrongful death suit in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis against two counties, a foster mother and social workers whom she alleges failed to protect the toddler. 


New York City’s Mistaken Child Welfare Priorities

Once again, New York City is reeling from the murder of a child. The circumstances around the killing of 10-year-old Ayden Wolfe are eerily familiar – a vulnerable mother, a new partner with a history of violence and the loss of an innocent child.


‘We Don’t Come In and Help, and Then Leave’

Kym Hardy Watson is the first woman of color and former foster youth to lead the Brooklyn-based service provider co-founded by the widow of Alexander Hamilton.

Family First Act raises questions in California


County Agency Leaders in California Declare Racism a Public Health Crisis

Several organizations representing executives in California who run county-level health and human services agencies have joined the growing list of public entities declaring racism a public health emergency. Issuing a statement on Wednesday that they recognize “the historic and ongoing harms of systemic racism” and pledging to address the problem were: the County Behavioral Health Directors Association of California, the County Welfare Directors Association of California, the County Health Executives Association of California and the California Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems. 


New York City Child Welfare Chief Calls For Changes to Mandated Reporting System

David Hansell acknowledged the “deep-rooted and pernicious effects” of racism, and the need to “apologize for the legacy of child welfare, not just in New York City but across the country.”


Truth, Reconciliation, and Reparation in Child Welfare

In January, the American Psychological Association publicly apologized for its role in perpetuating racism in psychiatry. Within its statement the association, which counts more than 100,000 members, declared its intent to create a more equitable future.