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4/9/2021

New York Budget Embraces ‘Extraordinary’ Expansion of Child Care and Pre-K
Enrollment at the Chautauqua Lake Child Care Center has recovered to about 85% of capacity, after plunging as low as 25% when the pandemic began last spring. (Photo courtesy of Beth Starks)

New York will launch a historic expansion of child care and pre-K capacity, a change made possible by a massive influx of federal aid, new state taxes and a push by lawmakers newly empowered to challenge the scandal-plagued Democratic Gov.

4/9/2021

New York To Close Youth Detention Facilities, Over Local Opposition
The minimum-security Red Hook Residential Center for boys in Dutchess County, New York, is now slated for closure. Credit: New York Office of Children and Family Services

Amid a long-running national campaign to keep children out of locked detention centers, the New York state government this week finalized plans to shutter two of its juvenile facilities. 

4/9/2021

‘People with First-Hand Experience Should be at the Forefront of Policy Reform’
“I firmly believe that true expertise lies within one’s own experience. Thus, people with first-hand experience should be at the forefront of policy reform.”

4/9/2021

Despite the Challenges of the Past, I Have Hope for My Future
Sabrina Alvarez shares her challenges overcoming her early childhood.

I’m not going to start my story with “I have always felt like I never fit in” or “I have overcome all my struggles” because that wouldn’t be true.

4/9/2021

Finding Stability Within the Child Welfare System
Sabrina Abong shares how she found stability despite moving through eight different homes.

I have been in eight different homes and this is my experience with the child welfare system. I want child abuse and neglect to end within the child welfare system.

Youth Services Insider

4/8/2021

Parent-empowerment Group Rise Names New Leadership Duo

Rise, a New York City-based group dedicated to giving a voice to and empowering parents involved in the child welfare system, has named two co-leaders who will take the helm in July when founder Nora McCarthy formally steps down.

Youth Services Insider

4/8/2021

Arizona Launches Portal to Connect Former Foster Youth with Pandemic Relief

Many of Arizona’s current and former youth are in line for more federal help to get them through the pandemic, the state Department of Child Safety has announced.

The change means young adults currently in foster care and former foster youth who have not yet turned 27 years old will be able to tap funds made available under a law Congress passed in December, the COVID-19 Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2020.

4/8/2021

State Homeless Programs Underserve California Youth, Report Says

Homelessness is a huge black eye on the face of California, and youth homelessness is an oft-overlooked aspect of the scourge, according to a new report from John Burton Advocates for Youth.

4/8/2021

Missouri House Votes to Boost Support for Children, Youth by $76 Million

Unless the Missouri state Senate balks, families that adopt children, foster them or care for relatives’ children will have more money from the state, come July 1, to help make ends meet.