This Conference to End Youth Homelessness May Have Been the Biggest Ever
No issue dominates big city politics right now like homelessness. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio have come in for the harshest criticism of their tenures over proliferating tent villages and visible human suffering on their sidewalks.
Judge Who Pioneered Court for Older Foster Youth is Honored as She Retires
After 18 years on the bench, Judge Margaret Henry will step down as a judge at Los Angeles County’s Edmund D. Edelman Children’s Court. On Tuesday, she was honored by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors for her work, including establishing the 18 and Up Courtroom, a pioneering court designed to address the needs of young people in extended foster care, ages 18 to 21.
First Place for Youth Gets $1 Million to Expand Services for L.A.’s Foster Youth
First Place for Youth, an Oakland-based nonprofit that helps older foster teens and young adults transition into adulthood, has been awarded a $1 million grant from United Airlines to expand their services in the Los Angeles area.
Scripps Family Auction Raises Tens of Thousands for Transition Aged Foster Youth
At the uncommon intersection of philanthropy, real estate and community, a pair of nonprofits joined forces over the weekend to put on a unique fundraiser benefiting transition-aged foster youth and homeless families in San Diego County.
Four Things Every Foster Youth Should Know Before College
Many people who work with the child welfare system know that only three percent of foster youth graduate from college. This means that, despite the number of youth who enroll, most do not finish.
Rising High: Los Angeles School Aimed at Disconnected Youth Expands
When high school student Kia Reid’s brother was arrested, she withdrew emotionally, missing more than a week of school. But in her absence, Reid didn’t fall through the cracks. Her teachers texted and called to check on her.
L.A. County Targets Poor Outcomes of Older Foster Youth
On Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors endorsed a plan calling for the county’s chief executive office and the Office of Child Protection to create a comprehensive county-wide strategy to address the needs of transition-age foster youth.
Philadelphia App Links Youth to Resources and Services
For youth exiting the foster care system, finding a way to access supports and services can be hard. There are many organizations and agencies that offer service to transition-age youth, but knowing where to look for resources like crisis mental health services, computer access, mentoring opportunities and food banks can be a struggle.
FosterPort, Transition-Aged Youth Web Portal
In an effort provide a one-stop-shop to understand what older youth in foster care face, a Washington D.C.-based consultancy firm teamed up with a charitable foundation to create a new web portal.
De Blasio’s Child Welfare Administration Drops Storied Adoption Agency; Explanation Disputed
In March, New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services(ACS) canceled its almost $700,000-per-year contract with You Gotta Believe, an adoption recruitment agency focused on finding homes for older youth, to the dismay of many in the adoption community.