Best of 2022


Top Stories of 2022: Kinship Front and Center

This year, The Imprint covered the prioritization of kinship care from Washington state to Washington, D.C.

Contra Costa County DA Diana Becton, a Rare Prosecutor, Wants Youth Justice Reimagined


Top Stories of 2022: The Youth Justice Change Agents of California

In 2022, Imprint reporters told the stories of several of the leaders on the front line of youth justice reform in California.


Top Stories of 2022: The State of Psychiatric Meds in Foster Care

In California, the number of youth in foster care on psychiatric meds has fallen, but other states continue to keep inadequate records.

A new report shows college enrollment dropped this spring.


Top Stories of 2022: More Lessons to Be Learned on Education

For all the efforts to improve the academic experiences of foster youth, significant barriers to education remain.

New Bill Would Help Foster Youth in Washington, D.C., Keep Federal Benefits


Top Stories of 2022: Charging Families for Foster Care

Illustration by Christine Ongjoco
For decades, states have been drawing on parents’ child support payments and children’s and Social Security benefits to help offset the costs of foster care. Media investigations and public pressure from advocates has prompted several child welfare systems to reconsider these actions, which can jeopardize the ability of a parent to reunify with their children or leave kids penniless as they exit foster care. 

Life Altered for One Texas Family Determined to Protect Transgender Child


Top Stories of 2022: States Target Transgender Youth and Their Families

In 2022, The Imprint reported on state policies that used child protective services to target transgender youth and their families.

    Buffalo Students Voice Concerns Over Suspensions in a Restorative Justice Circle


    Top Stories of 2022: New Approaches and Second Chances

    In 2022, The Imprint covered innovative community approaches to curbing youth violence, from California to New York.

    Workforce: 'Child Without Placement' Rotations Stretch Texas CPS Workforce


    Top Stories of 2022: A Workforce in Crisis

    The workforce crisis continues to plague the child welfare field, where increasingly stressful jobs have worsened already-high turnover rates. 


    The Best of The Imprint Weekly Podcast, 2022 Edition

    We had some amazing guests join us on The Imprint Weekly Podcast this year, and we reviewed the entire 2022 archive to bring you clips from some of the very best!