Texas resumes investigations into parents of trans children, families’ lawyers confirm

5/23/2022

Texas Resumes Investigations into Parents of Trans Children, Families’ Lawyers Confirm

Lawyers representing families under investigation said they heard from the agency Thursday about continuing the investigations that had previously been halted by a statewide injunction.

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5/23/2022

Creating Space for the Pain — and Joy — of Child Welfare Work

Leaders in the child welfare legal world should foster a work culture where joy and pain can co-exist, writes Vivek Sankaran.

5/23/2022

New Numbers on Broken Adoption and Child Maltreatment Registries

On this week’s podcast we discuss the recent series and data reporting by USA Today on youth who experience adoption from foster care and return to the system, the recent federal investigation on America’s use of Indian boarding schools; and news on lawsuits in Alaska and Indiana.

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‘Weaponizing’ Calls to CPS Hotline: New York Legislation Would Deter False Reports

5/19/2022

‘Weaponizing’ Calls to CPS Hotline: New York Legislation Would Deter False Reports

New York lawmakers are deciding whether to pass legislation that would reduce false allegations made to the Statewide Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment.

5/18/2022

Notorious Los Angeles Children’s Shelter Was Once a ‘House of Horrors,’ Lawsuit Alleges

In a lawsuit filed on Tuesday, a dozen former residents allege that they were sexually abused by staff at the now-shuttered MacLaren Children’s Center in Los Angeles County. Courtesy of Slater Slater Schulman LLP
Children lived in a “house of horrors” at one of the nation’s largest and most troubled shelters for foster youth, according to a lawsuit filed against Los Angeles County Tuesday.

The Ethics of Working Amid Family Un-Friendly Policies

5/18/2022

The Ethics of Working Amid Family Un-Friendly Policies

When government policies hold a group in disfavor, the child welfare community can do more to speak up for families, writes Paul DiLorenzo.

Amid Protest, Los Angeles County Supervisors Commit to Pre-Petition Representation

5/17/2022

Amid Protest, L.A. County Looks to Early Legal Representation for Parents to Avoid Foster Care Removals

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted to provide parents with free legal counsel at the outset of a child welfare investigation.  

Alaska Foster Youth Get More Input in their Cases

5/16/2022

Alaska Foster Youth Get More Input in their Cases

Alaska has amended court rules to allow foster youth the ability to attend hearings and have attorneys argue their own wishes in their cases.

5/16/2022

College Ready, Career Prepared: Foster Youth and Higher Education

On this week’s podcast, we discuss the return of federal earmarks and which youth and family organizations benefitted, Florida’s new Family Navigator plan, and the findings of the first Voice of The Foster Care Community survey.

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