Wisconsin Bills Would Expand Authorities’ Ability to Strip Parental Rights
As federal policy on child welfare aims to help parents build strong bonds with their children so that fewer kids end up in foster care, a pair of bills in Wisconsin propose new grounds for terminating parental rights.
Transitional Foster Youth in Wisconsin May Apply for Direct COVID Relief Payments
Transitional foster youth in Wisconsin could get up to $6,000 in direct payments to help them recover from the coronavirus pandemic.
Wisconsin Juvenile Justice Plan Hits New Snag
Wisconsin’s plans to overhaul its juvenile justice system by building new lockups closer to juvenile offenders’ families and communities suffered a new blow this week when the state’s two largest counties declined millions of dollars in state funds for construction.
D.C. Lawmakers Push Reform to Honor Relentless Advocate for Wisconsin Foster Youth, Taken by Coronavirus
Family and friends have a common saying about Dosha DJay Joi of Milwaukee, who died last week at age 28 from coronavirus-related complications: He lived up to the sweet sound of his name.
We Need to Help Relatives Navigate Their Child Welfare Options
A new data project focusing on foster care capacity has illustrated a growing reality across the nation’s child welfare system: relatives are increasingly stepping up to provide care for children removed from their parents.
Michigan Raise The Age Law on Track to Pass, Leaving Three States with Juvenile Age Under 18
The number of states with a juvenile justice age below 18 stands at four, down from 14 states a decade ago. By the end of this legislative season, another one is likely to bite the dust.
How a New Youth Correctional Leadership Group is Helping Milwaukee Close Youth Prisons
After three years on the job, the Milwaukee County official who oversees juvenile justice finds his system at a crossroads. The Wisconsin state legislature passed a bill last March closing two youth prisons after a criminal probe and multiple lawsuits alleged abuse and neglect of youth, alarming lawmakers.
Profiles in Permanency: Enhanced Case Management for At-Risk Adoptions
The National Quality Improvement Center for Adoption and Guardianship Support and Preservation (QIC-AG) is a five-year cooperative agreement, funded through the Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children’s Bureau, designed to promote permanence when reunification is no longer a goal and improve adoption and guardianship preservation and support.
Wisconsin Legislature Sets Three-Year Clock on Juvenile Prison Shutdown
In January, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) announced that the Wisconsin Department of Corrections would gradually shutter two juvenile facilities beleaguered by rampant use of solitary confinement and chemical restraints. Late last month, the state legislature made that official in law, and put a clock on the process to ensure that closing Lincoln Hills School for Boys and the Copper Lake School for Girls did not drag on.