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The director of South Carolina's Department of Juvenile Justice is under fire after the state Senate gave him a vote of no confidence after reports of poor conditions at the state's primary juvenile lockup facility.


Juvenile Justice Chief Under Fire in South Carolina

The head of South Carolina’s Department of Juvenile Justice took a blow last week when the state Senate gave him a vote of no confidence.

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NYU Receives $16 Million Gift for Social Science Research Using Big Data

New York University’s Silver School of Social Work has received what NYU called one of the largest gifts ever given to such a school, which will be used to try to crack open new insights into the problems of racism and social inequality.

Joyce McMillan is an advocate who celebrated the passage of bills protecting parents' rights.


New York Legislature Passes Bill Allowing Parent-Child Contact After Termination of Rights

The New York Legislature has moved a bill to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s desk that would allow parents who the courts have found abused, neglected or abandoned their children to continue to visit with them, even after a court has terminated their parental rights.

New York is poised to raise the minimum age of arrest from seven to 12.


New York Votes to Raise the Minimum Age of Arrest From Seven to 12, Reform Awaits Cuomo’s Signature

The New York Legislature passed a historic justice reform that bars the arrest and prosecution of children under age 12. The reform awaits Gov. Andrew Cuomo's signature.

Both branches of the Oregon state legislature have voted to codify provisions of the Indian Child Welfare Act into state law.


Oregon House Sends Measure Recognizing Tribal Adoptions to Governor

Oregon lawmakers have voted to codify provisions of the federal Indian Child Welfare Act into state law and sent the bill to the desk of Democratic Gov. Kate Brown.

A court monitor found that Michigan's child welfare agency fell short of its goals in the first half of 2020.


Michigan Remains Far Short of Child Welfare Reform Goals, Court Monitor Finds

More than a decade after a federal judge approved Michigan’s sweeping agreement to fix problems with its child welfare system, the court-appointed monitoring team reported multiple ongoing concerns about the safety of kids under state care.

A new report shows college enrollment dropped this spring.


California Leaders Push to Reverse Plummeting Statewide College Enrollment

A new study found a steep drop in college enrollment this spring — particularly in community colleges, which often serve more low-income students, foster youth and others who experience barriers to higher education.


Illinois on Cusp of Bias Training Requirement for Mandated Child Welfare Reporters

Illinois teachers and others who look after children in a nonparental role may soon have to be taught how to recognize and eliminate their own racial and ethnic biases as mandated reporters of potential child abuse and neglect.



New York May Soon Bar the Shackling of Children in Family Court

New York is poised to prohibit the use of handcuffs, shackles, straitjackets and other hardware restraints on those 21 and younger appearing in family court.