teen pregnancy


Thousands of Child Care Programs Have Closed In California, Study Finds
A socially-distance outdoor story and picnic time at Modern Education Family Childcare-Portola in San Francisco. Photo courtesy of Pyrena Hui

When Pyrena Hui considered what field of work she’d pursue as a recent immigrant from Hong Kong to the United States, her family was a top priority.


What We’ve Learned About The Child Brain
Dr. Damien Fair, director of the Masonic Institute of the Developing Brain at the University of Minnesota Medical School, was recently awarded a MacArthur Fellowship. Photo courtesy of the MacArthur Foundation

Since he first began studying the brain in stroke patients using functional magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, cognitive neuroscientist Damien Fair has become a star in the field of pediatric and adolescent brain development.


California Leaders Grapple with How to Keep Troubled Youth From Being Sent Out of State
Josiah, 19, at Phoenix Green Park in Sacramento, California, on Thursday, December 17, 2020. Josiah spent one year at Lakeside Academy in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Photo: The San Francisco Chronicle

Answering for its yearslong failure to protect hundreds of young people housed at dangerous out-of-state residential treatment centers, the California Legislature is now tackling how to better serve its most troubled youth on probation and in foster care — closer to their homes, families and communities.


Report Calls for End to Group Settings for Foster Youth

It’s time to stop placing American foster children in institutions and other group settings, according to a new report by the national child welfare group Children’s Rights.

Continuing the practice, the report argues, unnecessarily harms children in government care.


Tiffany Haddish Launches Internship Program for Foster Youth Interested in Showbiz

Actor and comedian Tiffany Haddish has launched a program for current and former California foster youth to receive paid internships in media, arts and entertainment.

Haddish’s She Ready Productions, in partnership with the nonprofit Ready to Succeed, will provide the youth selected with training, mentorship and networking possibilities.

toddlers early intervention therapy


California Cleared to Use Medicaid for School Testing
Photo credit:

Gov. Gavin Newsom of California – not to mention frustrated students and exhausted parents – got some good news Wednesday on the school-reopening front. 

Two days after Newsom (D) announced a budget deal aimed at incentivizing public schools to start reopening for in-person learning by the end of the month, the federal government approved the state’s request to use federal Medicaid funds to test low-income students enrolled in the state’s Medi-Cal health insurance plan for COVID-19.


Town Hall Held to Discuss Minnesota Bill Aimed At Limiting Black Family Separation

On Tuesday, at least 70 people – state representatives, community organizations, child protection allies, and directly impacted families – gathered for a virtual town hall to discuss legislation being produced that would limit child welfare actions against black families in Minnesota.

Youth Services Insider


The Plans for Justice Department Pilot on Preventing Fatal Abuse and Neglect

The federal government is funding five locally conceived demonstration projects across the United States aimed at decreasing death and serious injury resulting from child abuse and neglect. This week, the plans for those test sites were revealed, with several focused on promoting safe sleep for infants or community collaborations on prevention.

Youth Services Insider


One Year Later: How Foster Families are Faring in the Pandemic
Vanessa and Amen Van Dyck with their foster son share how they’ve navigated the pandemic. Photo courtesy of Vanessa and Amen Van Dyck

Since the pandemic began one year ago, foster parents across the country have gone to extraordinary lengths to support the child welfare system.