Top Stories of 2020: Trouble in Residential Care
Congress approved legislation in 2018 that will reduce federal spending on group homes and institutions. Since that law was signed, several investigative stories in our pages and others around the country have exposed the shortcomings that prompted it.
The Forgotten Children of Texas
Each year, thousands of foster children in Texas are shuffled into little-known “treatment centers” where they are frequently neglected and abused. State officials have largely ignored allegations of wrongdoing and calls for reform.
Outrage Is Only The Start: Get Bad Actors out of Residential Care
Languishing in Residential Care Made Me Worse. Unconditional Love Helped Get Me Better.
People talk a lot about how important it is that every foster kid grows up in a loving home. While well intentioned, most of them are approaching that idea from an abstract understanding.
California’s Sweeping Group Home Reform Falters Without Key Supports for Youth
Early one Saturday morning in September, Jacob McCleary, then 15, got into his aunt and uncle’s van, headed for the Santa Fe Springs office of the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS).
Bills to Help Prevent Foster Care, Help Foster Youth with College Introduced this Week
Bills were introduced this week on Capitol Hill that would help build the evidence base of family drug treatment programs, and prioritize federal education assistance for foster and homeless youth. Sens.
Former Foster Youth To Talk Congregate Care, Family First Act on Webinar Next Week
The National Foster Care Youth & Alumni Policy Council, a group of current and former foster youth, has organized a webinar on how systems can limit and improve the use of group homes and other congregate care settings in their child welfare systems.
Map for Success in Juvenile Justice has More Destinations than Confinement
Youth prisons don’t work, yet on any given day, over 50,000 youth are in them or other out-of-home placements due to their involvement with the juvenile justice system. Overwhelming evidence shows that youth prisons are harmful, ineffective and excessively expensive.
A Present for Pimps? New Loophole in Family First Act Would Bring Predators Closer to Prey
Florida: According to this news account, “child welfare officials are on the defensive this week after revelations that children in taxpayer-financed group homes are falling prey to sex traffickers.” California: A federal report notes that “victims were often recruited by sex traffickers and pimps from group homes.”