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Penn State Develops Algorithm to Assess Substance Abuse Risk in Homeless Youth

Researchers think they’ve come up with a cutting-edge way to predict the likelihood of a given homeless youth running into trouble with substance abuse – and to devise individualized rehab strategies for those who nevertheless develop a disorder.


Black Male Teachers a Rare and More Precious Resource in Wake of George Floyd Killing

Some of Edward Tillman’s friends have avoided watching footage of the killing of George Floyd — the 46-year-old black man a Minneapolis police officer suffocated last week while placing him under arrest.

Vivek Sankaran.


In Child Welfare Cases, Just Any Old Lawyer Won’t Do

During a virtual town hall last week, parents asked gut-wrenching questions to child welfare leadership. “When can I see my kids again?” “I was having unsupervised visits with them. Why can’t they come live with me?”


California Youth Connection Welcomes Back a Familiar Face After Recent Turmoil

The California Youth Connection has announced Robin Allen as its new interim executive director, following a chaotic few weeks for the foster youth advocacy group that saw former director Haydee Cuza resign after laying off more than half of the organization’s staff in the middle of a global pandemic. 


Amid Pandemic, A Pharma-Backed Effort to Ease Oversight on Psych Meds

As the California Assembly struggles to begin creating new laws on Monday amid the ravages of the coronavirus pandemic, lawmakers are being urged to select only the most vital-to-the-times bills. To contain infections that have topped 43,000 in the state, there will be masks and gloves, and people seated far from each other in cavernous hearing rooms.


Judge Tells Agencies to Speed Up Release of Young Immigrants

Move aims to protect unaccompanied youths from spreading coronavirus   Amid the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. government has violated its legal obligation to speedily release unaccompanied immigrant children from federal custody and reunify them with relatives or other suitable guardians, a district judge in California ruled late Friday. 


    Ohio Will Cover Cost to Keep Youth from Aging Out of Foster Care Amid Pandemic

    Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) announced on Twitter today that the state will prevent hundreds of youth from exiting the foster care system during the coronavirus outbreak. “These changes will ensure that no child leaves care during this pandemic without a safe place to call home,” the governor tweeted.


    Calls to Release Youth from Lockups Due to Virus Threat Grow Nationwide

    With most free residents across the United States keeping at least six feet apart, feverishly washing their hands and avoiding any social groups, 43,000 young people in juvenile lockups and prisons are living in coronavirus petri dishes that have become “brewing reservoirs” of infection, according to inmates and juvenile justice experts.


    A Heartfelt Appeal on Behalf of Incarcerated Youth During Pandemic

    David Domenici has made it his life’s work to ensure that incarcerated youth are assured a quality education. After helping to turn around the education system associated with Washington, D.C.’s juvenile justice system, he founded the Center for Educational Excellence in Alternative Settings.