America’s Failed Child Welfare System Leaves Kids Out in the Cold?
In Chicago, two girls were trapped in abusive foster homes for years because of a clerical error. In New Mexico’s Bernalillo County, 53 child abuse and neglect cases were reported within a 58-day period, with the county on track to double the previous year’s child abuse caseload.
Federal Agencies Seek Input on Employment Services for Youths
The Departments of Education, Labor and Health and Human Services are looking to consolidate or at least integrate funding for “career pathways,” particularly for low-income and drop-out youths. According to a blog on the Department of Education website, the request for information (RFI) is the first attempt to assess “the benefits of and challenges to aligning diverse funding streams, programs, and stakeholders around career pathway systems; and the current and potential future use of career pathways systems to help at-risk populations gain skills and access the middle class.”
Los Angeles Youth “Welcome Center” to Open
By Ziyue Yan After months of criticism of Los Angeles County’s use of a makeshift dormitory to house older adolescents entering foster care, the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) will be opening a new facility for those youth on April 10.
Finding Inspiration from California’s Foster Youth
I just returned home after four days of hard work, sleep deprivation, profuse sweating in the oppressive Chico heat…and having the time of my life. Chico was the site of this year’s California Youth Connection (CYC) Summer Leadership and Policy Conference.