Amy Lemley, Longtime ‘Champion’ for California’s Older Foster Youth, to Step Down from Influential Advocacy Group

A champion for California's older foster youth, Amy Lemley will leave her role as executive director of John Burton Advocates for Youth this fall.


Senate Investigation Slams Residential Treatment Centers for Children as ‘Warehouses of Neglect’

A Senate committee report highlights “routine harm” to children in taxpayer-supported institutions that “optimize revenues” and “evade oversight.”


NY Attorney General Investigates Drug-Testing Pregnant and New Moms, as Legal Challenges Over the Practice Grow

The controversial drug-testing of mothers and newborns in hospitals is under new scrutiny in New York — in lawsuits and a state investigation.

Jessica Pryce


We’re Building On a Bad Foundation

I love playing the game Jenga, and I am not alone. Jenga, an imperative form of the Swahili word, kujenga (meaning to build), has been sold in over 100 countries and has sold more than 100 million sets since Leslie Scott created it in Ghana in the 1970s. 


Civil Rights Panel Highlights Widespread Discrimination Against Black Families in New York’s Child Welfare System

A prominent civil rights committee has released a report describing persistent discrimination against Black families in New York’s child welfare system.

New York Appeals Court Case Focuses on Non-abusive Parent Being Subjected to Home Supervisions


New York Lawmakers Reject State Bailout for Child Welfare Agencies Facing Abuse Lawsuits

When New York lawmakers passed a state budget last month, it didn't include a bailout for foster care agencies being sued for sexual abuse.

    A Bill Once Again Before Minnesota Lawmakers Set Out to Preserve Black Families. This Year’s Version Would Apply to Almost Everyone in the Child Welfare System.


    Minnesota Governor Signs Bill Raising Bar for Taking ‘African American or Disproportionately Represented’ Children Into Foster Care 

    After six years of failing to pass in the Minnesota statehouse, legislation that will greatly increase protections for almost all families facing separation through the foster care system was signed into law Tuesday.


    ‘Welcome to our Family Courthouse,’ Facility Dogs Declare

    A growing cadre of canines do court duty in child protection and justice systems nationwide, helping comfort children in crisis.

    Michigan’s Highest Court Hears Challenge to Terminations of Parental Rights


    Michigan’s Highest Court Hears Challenge to Terminations of Parental Rights

    A case that challenges the severity of termination of parental rights practices in Michigan has made it to the state Supreme Court.