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The Influence of Parental Mental Health on Children


Q&A with Sarah Rogers of Washington’s Dove House Advocacy Services

Youth Voice writer Tessie Ottaway-Chung interviewed Sarah Rogers of Dove House Advocacy Services in Washington state.

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Dave Newell


Children’s Home Society of Washington Taps Dave Newell to Replace Its Longtime CEO

After a longer-than-expected search, the Children’s Home Society of Washington (CHSW) announced last week that Dave Newell will succeed Sharon Osborne, its leader of 35 years. Newell, who will officially take the helm on June 10, has for the past nine years served as CEO of PromiseShip, a child welfare services provider based in Omaha, Neb.


Washington Foster Youth Sent to Hotels More Than 1,000 Times Last Year

Washington state foster youth spent the night in hotels because of a lack of available placements in foster homes more than 1,000 times over the last year, according to a report from an independent state oversight office.


Why The Washington State Supreme Court Got It Wrong on Lawyers for Kids

Over the past year, there has been increased attention on the right to legal representation for children who have been separated from their families at our borders. Images and stories of young children attending court hearings alone, without an attorney, have been shared by media outlets all over the world.


More Second Chances for Washington Youth with New Juvenile Justice Diversion Law

Advocates in Washington state are cheering the recent passage of a newly signed bill that aims to bolster the state’s efforts to divert youth from the juvenile justice system by broadening the types of cases eligible for diversion and strengthening the network of community-based service providers.


More than a Million Kids Could Lose Health Coverage Next Month if Congress Fails to Fund CHIP

Despite new indications that renewing the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) could actually save the federal government money, Congress has yet to pass a reauthorization of the program. Nearly 1.7 million out of the 9 million children served by CHIP each year could lose healthcare coverage by the end of February if Congress fails to pass legislation to reauthorize the program, according to a new report from Georgetown University’s Center for Children and Families.


    Washington State’s New Child Welfare Boss Talks Prevention, Retention and Federal Funding

    Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) signed a bill in July to create a new cabinet-level agency to oversee the children’s issues in the state based on the recommendations of the Washington State Blue Ribbon Commission on the Delivery of Services to Children and Families.


    Child Welfare Now a Cabinet Level Agency in Washington State

    Last week, Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed a bill making the leader of the state’s expanded child welfare system a member of his cabinet. Bill 1661 creates the Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF), a new agency focused on restructuring state services for at-risk youth.


    Judge’s Decisions Reveal Extent of Scandal at a Washington State CASA

    Last year, I wrote about the scandal at the Volunteer Guardian-ad-litem (VGAL) program in Snohomish County, Wash., an affiliate of the state’s Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) network. CASA is a white, middle-class bastion of the child welfare system, a system that tears apart families that are overwhelmingly poor and disproportionately families of color.