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California Governor to Decide on Family Reunification Bills, and More


California Governor to Decide on Family Reunification Bills, and More

Bills on California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s desk aim to prevent foster care removals due to poverty, better protect LGBTQ youth and reduce racial disparities.

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Youth Advocates Push “Diversion” to Reduce Racial Disparities in Juvenile Court

A new study found that nationwide, there's an "unequal and limited use of diversion" efforts to keep kids out of the criminal justice system.


Racial Justice Advocates Issue Plan to Reimagine LA County’s Child Welfare System

Khari Jones and his daughter Fari Love Jones remain connected despite a terrifying entanglement with local authorities shortly after the baby’s birth in June. Photo courtesy of Khari Jones and Kayla Love
A coalition of Los Angeles County racial justice advocates, lawyers for parents in the child welfare system, reproductive rights groups and community-based organizations is calling on elected officials to implement wide-ranging reforms to the local foster care system. 


Study Finds California’s Black Youth at Greater Risk of Injury in Police Encounters

Black youth in California are more likely to be injured during police interactions, according to a study that examined data from 2005 to 2017.

NAACP and Children’s Advocates Submit Federal Civil Rights Complaint Against Minnesota Child Welfare System


Minnesota Legislature Again Fails to Pass Bill Defending Black Families

A bill defending Black families against racist practices in the child welfare system has failed to pass for a third time in the Minnesota Legislature.

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Penn State Awards Equity-Minded Scholarships for Child Welfare Study

Penn State University junior Lani Rosenbaum and sophomore Janiyah Davis.
Two Penn State University students have been named as recipients of an inaugural scholarship intended to address ethnic and racial disparities within the foster care system.

    Color-blind Removal Approach Gains National Interest


    California Legislator Pauses Blind Removals Bill

    A bill aimed at addressing rampant racial disparities in California's child welfare system by removing information on the race of children when critical decisions about their lives are being decided will not advance in the state Legislature this year.


    California Judges Concerned About Quick Pace of Governor’s Plan to Close Youth Prisons

    Friday is the deadline for California Gov. Gavin Newsom and the state Legislature to reach a deal on how to close the state’s youth prison system. Photo courtesy of Calamari Productions
    As a Friday deadline looms to decide whether California should shut down its long-notorious youth prison system next year, some fear that without safeguards, hundreds of juvenile offenders will be sent to the adult criminal system, where they face longer sentences, more violence and poorer prospects.


    Publisher’s Note: Silence Can be Complicity in Violence Against Black Families

    It didn’t take George Floyd’s killing at the hands of the police for me to recognize that I have been complicit in state-executed violence against black families. But it did take his murder and the protests that have roiled the nation since to compel me to articulate it, which is shameful.