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New Border Policy on Family Units Could Prompt Surge in Unaccompanied Minors

Yesterday, Reuters reporter Julia Edwards Ainsley broke the news that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is considering a drastic shift in the handling of family units (mother and child) at the border.


With High Caseloads, L.A. County Again Faces Overstays in Shelters

Three months after Los Angeles County shifted many hard-to-place children in foster care from two emergency shelters to four private contractors, the issue of children staying too long before finding a home persists.

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Unaccompanied Minors Program: Two Agendas, Zero Consensus, One Hot Mess

Youth Services Insider took in the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing this week on the Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) program, under which custody of kids at the border is transferred from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

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Parking Place “Shelters” Help the Helpers, Not the Children

When writing about child welfare I often cite an old Peanuts cartoon in which the characters are gathered around Snoopy’s dog house trying to figure out how to keep him warm when he sleeps on the roof on cold winter nights.


After Two Years, Health & Human Services Close to Having Leader at ACYF

Bryan Samuels, the commissioner of the Administration on Children, Youth and Famlies (ACYF) during Obama’s first term, left the administration in August of 2013 and joined research and advocacy outfit Chapin Hall in Chicago.


Child Trafficking Victims Fall Prey To Partisan Divisiveness

Upon hearing the term “human trafficking,” most Americans envision foreign nationals who have been smuggled into the United States to engage in sex work within our borders. While this situation is common and grave, it is important for Americans to know that the trafficking of American citizens is on the rise right here at home.


    Senate Committee Moves on Homeless Youth, Offender Reentry and PREA Before Recess

    The Senate Judiciary Committee approved legislation on homeless youth, offender reentry and prisoner safety today, setting both bills up for consideration on the floor when Congress returns from recess after the November elections.

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    Will Anyone Want Funds to Shelter Unaccompanied Minors?

    President Barack Obama has requested $3.7 billion in emergency funds to handle unaccompanied minors, who continue to arrive at the Southern border in record numbers from Central American countries torn apart by violence.


    What Brings Homeless Teens to a Youth Shelter?

    In my first two posts, we looked at the problem of older adolescent homelessness and a project that is addressing it right here in Oakland.  Now let’s take a look at what we’re learning about these youth.