More Than A Third of Children Experience CPS Investigations For Abuse And Neglect Before 18, New Estimates For Large Counties Show
A new study estimated investigations into child abuse and neglect are more common than previously thought, especially for children of color.
50 Years After Perry: Quality Early Childhood Has Second Generation Effect, Study Finds
New research from Nobel Prize-winning economist James Heckman suggests that the benefits of early childhood education may extend much further than previously thought. In a pair of research papers released today through the University of Chicago’s Center for the Economics of Human Development, Heckman makes the case that high-quality early childhood interventions can positively impact not just the children in these programs as they move through life, but even the children of the original participants decades later.
Report: Behavioral Issues, and Treatments, Plummet As Foster Youth Age Out
The number of teens in foster care who report behavioral problems and treatment for them plummets as they age out of care, according to a recent study based on a survey of California foster youth.
Across the Country, Diverging Policies for LGBTQ Youth in Child Welfare System
The ways in which states and their respective child welfare agencies support LGBTQ youth varies greatly, according to a state-by-state analysis and map of child welfare systems’ policies from Lambda Legal.
After Gault, Ideas About How to Protect Children’s Right to Counsel
15-year-old Arizona boy Gerald Francis Gault was taken into custody for allegedly making an obscene prank phone call to a neighbor in June 1964. His parents were not notified of his arrest.
Report Offers Blueprint for Building Better Juvenile Representation System
Next year marks the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s In re Gault decision that established the right of children to counsel in juvenile court. In opening the way for a system of legal representation for youth in the juvenile justice system, the court famously declared that “[u]nder our Constitution, the condition of being a boy does not justify a kangaroo court.”
New York Judge Rejects High-Profile Foster Care Settlement
Today, a New York judge threw out a controversial consent decree that would have ratcheted up state oversight of New York City’s foster care system. In her straightforward opinion, New York District Judge Laura Swain denied a proposed settlement to a July 2015 class action lawsuit that had accused both New York State and City of allowing foster youth to languish in care.
New Strategies Long Overdue on Measuring Child Welfare Risk
As The Imprint has been reporting over the past two years, various jurisdictions have been exploring new tools to focus the attention of child welfare systems on the children most at risk of subsequent abuse or neglect.
Lester: Evidence-Based Timeline of Families First Act Might Be Tough to Fulfill
Patrick Lester, who for years headed the public policy shop for the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities, now leads the Social Innovation Research Center. He’s pretty much a one-man show there as he builds the organization, and he has primarily focused the center’s attention on pay-for-success and social impact bonds.