Kids in Foster Care to Have Own Attorneys Under New Arizona Law
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R).

Arizona on Wednesday became the latest state to require that children involved in abuse or neglect cases be appointed an attorney to represent their best interest.


A New Direction for Los Angeles CASA Program: Fighting Systemic Bias
Charity Chandler-Cole serves on the Los Angeles County Commission for Children and Families.

This week, Charity Chandler-Cole will start her new job as chief executive officer of Los Angeles County’s court-appointed special advocates, or CASA.


Mandated Reporters Need Training on Context, Critical Thinking

Around the country, child welfare systems large and small have built a front door to child protection that relies heavily on information provided to the state from the public, especially from “mandated reporters” such as school officials, doctors and police officers. 


‘Incorrigibility’ Label Eliminated from New York’s Child Welfare Law
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill deleting the term from the state’s child welfare laws in recognition of psychosocial studies finding that young people are able to make responsible choices when given the appropriate interventions to counter the trauma that filled their formative years.


$100 Million Investment in Housing for Homeless Youth Moving in California Legislature
Amid recent news that 1 in 4 California foster youth face homelessness after aging out of foster care, a bill moving through the state Legislature aims to invest $100 million in increasing the housing stock for this particularly vulnerable population.


‘People with First-Hand Experience Should be at the Forefront of Policy Reform’
“I firmly believe that true expertise lies within one’s own experience. Thus, people with first-hand experience should be at the forefront of policy reform.”
Youth Services Insider


Parent-empowerment Group Rise Names New Leadership Duo

Rise, a New York City-based group dedicated to giving a voice to and empowering parents involved in the child welfare system, has named two co-leaders who will take the helm in July when founder Nora McCarthy formally steps down.


State Homeless Programs Underserve California Youth, Report Says

Homelessness is a huge black eye on the face of California, and youth homelessness is an oft-overlooked aspect of the scourge, according to a new report from John Burton Advocates for Youth.


Michigan Draws A Line on Terminating Parental Rights

My client in a Michigan child welfare case had already suffered from Crohn’s Disease, which hampered his ability to hold a job and resulted in frequent hospital visits, when tragedy struck.