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California Rep. Karen Bass Joins Los Angeles Mayoral Race


Historic Bill Would Remove Federal Requirement to Terminate Parental Rights in Some Cases

A bill introduced before Congress would allow states to decide whether to seek the termination of parental rights in child welfare cases.

California Rep. Karen Bass Joins Los Angeles Mayoral Race


California Rep. Karen Bass Joins Los Angeles Mayoral Race

Longtime child welfare champion, Democratic U.S. Rep. Karen Bass, launched her campaign for mayor of Los Angeles on Monday.

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National Foster Youth Institute Names New Director

Rebecca Louve Yao, new executive director of the National Foster Youth Institute
The National Foster Youth Institute has chosen one of its own to assume the organization’s helm. The board of the 6-year-old nonprofit announced Monday that Rebecca Louve Yao, herself a former foster youth, will become executive director on Jan.

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D.C. Lawmakers Push Reform to Honor Relentless Advocate for Wisconsin Foster Youth, Taken by Coronavirus

Family and friends have a common saying about Dosha DJay Joi of Milwaukee, who died last week at age 28 from coronavirus-related complications: He lived up to the sweet sound of his name.


What Foster Youth Shadow Day Meant to Me

On June 4, 2019, I had the privilege to shadow Congresswoman Yvette Clark (D-N.Y.) and advocate for change within our national child welfare system. This event was granted to me through the National Foster Youth Institute’s Shadow Day program, which gives former and current foster youth a chance to find their voice and speak up for change.


Sheila Kuehl Charts Path for Nation’s Largest Child Welfare System

As the current chair of Los Angeles County’s Board of Supervisors, Sheila Kuehl is in a prominent position to shape child welfare policy that will not only have an impact in L.A.,


    Q&A with Rep. Karen Bass: Engaging Youth, Educating Congress

    Since coming to Washington, D.C. in 2010, Los Angeles Congresswoman Karen Bass has fast become one of the House’s lead champions on child welfare issues. Her first major piece of legislation, the Uninterrupted Scholars Act, was signed into law in 2013 and allows for caregivers to access education records of foster youth to help guide their academic process.


    Child Trafficking Problem Prompts Response from California Lawmaker

    By Lynsey Clark U.S. Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) authored legislation this month aimed at developing better training and data collection on child trafficking. The Strengthening the Child Welfare Response to Trafficking Act (H.R.


    Long-term Immigration Reform Must Include Family Preservation As a Priority

    by Rep. Karen Bass A core principle of immigration reform must be a focus on protecting children of undocumented immigrants, who through no fault of their own can end up being ripped away from a loving home or denied the right to see a parent they primarily rely on to have their basic needs met.