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When Foster Youth Have Their Own Kids, Our Support Disappears

Too often, the trauma young people have experienced in foster care is assumed to be healed when they have children, writes Vivek Sankaran.

Advocates Address ‘Sugar’ Dating, a New Way to Lure Young People into Sex Trafficking


Building Strong Support Networks for Better Mental Health

Foster care and homelessness have played a huge part in my mental health struggles and how I choose to manage them, writes Nelly Braxton.

Mental Health Needs to be a Priority in Foster Care


Mental Health Needs to be Treated as a Priority in Foster Care

Trauma and mental illness seem to go hand in hand with foster care, writes Michael Fulcher.

As a Foster Youth, Sometimes Mental Health is an Independent Journey


As a Foster Youth, Sometimes Mental Health is an Independent Journey

When I was in foster care, managing my mental health was more difficult than one can anticipate due to lack of options, writes Nader Irsan.

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Family First Clearinghouse Approves Two New Services, Will Reconsider Ohio Kinship Navigator


Family Centered Treatment Gets Second Look from Family First Clearinghouse

The clearinghouse that approves services under the Family First Prevention Services Act has agreed to reconsider a training program it downgraded last winter.  Family Centered Treatment, or FCT, which is used to train biological parents and other caregivers on the effects of trauma on children, had received transitional approval in 2019 to be among the services that states could fund under the law, which fully takes effect in all states on October 1.


Child Welfare Ideas from the Experts

The Imprint is highlighting each of the policy recommendations made this summer by the participants of the Foster Youth Internship Program, a group of 11 former foster youths who have completed congressional internships.


Texas Lawmaker Wants to Require Trauma Training for Attorneys, Judges

State Rep. Ray Lopez (D). Photo courtesy of Texas State Directory
Tara Hutton remembers how the little girl she had been fostering for a year began acting out on the day a new social worker came to their house in Magnolia, Texas.


We Can Reduce Childhood Toxic Stress without ACEs Screening

In a recent article in The Imprint, Karen de Sá and Nadra Nittle reviewed arguments for and against universal pediatric screening for adverse childhood experiences, or ACEs, in California. They noted that California Surgeon General Nadine Burke Harris, who has led the push for this plan, recognizes the serious concerns of critics but does not hear alternative proposals from them that might achieve her important goal of reducing toxic stress among children.

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The ‘20s and Youth Services: A Guess at What Comes Next

The last calendar year of the ‘10s has come and gone, and the fields of child welfare and juvenile justice move on to a new decade. For the past two weeks, The Imprint has counted down some of our top storylines from 2019.