5/9/2021

Michigan Senate Bill Would Require More People to Report Underage Sexual Abuse

5/7/2021

Mother’s Day Celebration Outside L.A. County Jail Sends Hope to Women Inside
Angelique Evans of the Young Women’s Freedom addresses the crowd on Friday. Photo: Jeremy Loudenback

Dozens of women wearing T-shirts emblazoned with “Free Black Mamas” logos and shouting “Happy Mother’s Day” circled a Los Angeles County women’s jail in cars Friday, a public demonstration calling attention to the struggles of incarcerated mothers and their efforts to reunify with children placed in foster care. 

colorful drawing of two sad people leaving a house that is crossed out

5/6/2021

Resuming Evictions Could Land Kids in Foster Care, Experts Say
A federal judge in Washington has struck down a national policy that prevented countless evictions during the coronavirus pandemic – a move that advocates worry could push vulnerable families and youth into homelessness, and potentially into the foster care system as well.

5/6/2021

Six New Laws Add to Georgia’s Efforts to Boost Adoption
Six new bills signed into law in Georgia this week are intended to accelerate the state’s ongoing efforts to make adoption easier.
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5/4/2021

New Vice President Named at Children’s Defense Fund
The Children’s Defense Fund, a major U.S. child advocacy organization, has a new vice president in charge of strategy and program.

5/4/2021

Unanimous Oregon House Backs Customary Tribal Adoption
The Oregon House of Representatives recently gave unanimous approval to legislation that would require state judges to accept tribal customary adoptions in cases involving Native American and Alaska Native children, ensuring that they can remain connected to their tribe.
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5/4/2021

Federal Children’s Bureau OK’s Oregon’s Foster Care Prevention Plan
Oregon this week became the 12th state to win federal approval for a plan to prevent children from falling into foster care.

5/4/2021

End the Cycle of Crises for Unaccompanied Immigrant Children
Children being medically examined at a border facility. Photo courtesy of Vera Institute of Justice

For the past decade, conditions in northern Central America have propelled the migration of vulnerable and often traumatized children to the U.S.

5/4/2021

Washington State Child Welfare Chief Endorses Reform Bill on Governor’s Desk
Ross Hunter, secretary of Washington State’s Department of Children, Youth, and Families, on a visit to Camp To Belong Washington, a camp dedicated to reuniting siblings separated by foster care, adoption or kinship.