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Bipartisan Bill Introduced To Tighten Oversight of Residential Centers for Youth

Legislation calling for better oversight of youth residential treatment centers was introduced in both chambers of Congress today.


Justice Department Slams Alaska for Over-Institutionalizing Youth with Disabilities

Alaska’s overuse of residential treatment for youth with behavioral health challenges likely violates the ADA, the Justice Department finds.

Judges in “Kids for Cash” Scandal Must Compensate Families, Court Decides


Alaska Foster Youth Get More Input in their Cases

Alaska has amended court rules to allow foster youth the ability to attend hearings and have attorneys argue their own wishes in their cases.


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

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) cut ties with residential care provider Sequel after the death of Cornelius Fredericks at Lakeside Academy. Photo: Twitter
Say his name. Cornelius Fredericks. Cornelius was 16 years old.


    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).

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    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.