As Governor Considers Reforms, Violence Rising at California’s Juvenile Justice Facilities

California’s state juvenile justice facilities have become more violent again, and one advocacy group said it is time to start setting them on a path to extinction. A report by the Center for Juvenile and Criminal Justice (CJCJ), chronicling the recent troubles at youth prisons run by the Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ), comes at a time when the agency’s future is already in flux following legislative action and special scrutiny from California Governor Gavin Newsom (D).


National Survey Finds Expanding Number of College Programs for Foster Youth

The number of college assistance programs for current and former foster youth is growing, but there are still major gaps in helping students access them, according to a national survey of state-run colleges.


Report Finds Youth Homelessness on the Rise, Asks Congress for Help

A national study conducted by researchers at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago found that one in 10 young adults between the ages of 18 and 25 experienced some kind of homelessness over the past year.


Recommendations for Improving Children’s Mental Health Care in California

A new report from Young Minds Advocacy makes the case that the publicly funded mental health system for children in California needs a shake up. Released last week to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Month, the report argues that California needs to adopt a comprehensive vision of children’s mental health.


Report Looks for Ways to Better Engage Young Fathers in the Child Welfare System

When fathers are involved with their children, a strong base of research shows that there are considerable benefits to the health and well-being of children, mothers and even the fathers themselves.


Report Rates Child Well-Being in California Counties

A new report from Children Now details wide disparities in children’s well-being across California’s 58 counties. The 2016–2017 California County Scorecard of Children’s Well-Being looks at a series of indicators organized around the three domains of child welfare and economic well-being; health; and education.


    Report: How the Broken Criminal Justice System Fails LGBTQ Youth

    A report released by the Center for American Progress and the Movement Advancement Project explores the profiling, bias and maltreatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth in the juvenile-justice system.


    Children Can Thrive: A Vision for California’s Response to Adverse Childhood Experiences

    A new report from the Center for Youth Wellness outlines policy ideas and recommendations for creating momentum around addressing adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) across California. A primary-care pediatric clinic in the Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood in San Francisco, the Center for Youth Wellness (CYW) has taken a leading role in exploring the way early adversity can negatively impact the developing brains and bodies of children, both at its clinic and as a state-wide advocate.


    Foster Youth in Action Unveils Findings in “The Impact of Advocacy” Forum

    The nonprofit organization Foster Youth in Action, which trains foster youth in leadership and advocacy skills, held an event last Friday to present findings from its study on the effects of its training model.