What it Takes to Ensure Quality Congregate Care

11/30/2021

What it Takes to Ensure Quality Congregate Care

We need to develop an approach for federal oversight that ensures quality congregate care, and does not become an exercise in additional administrative burden, writes Jody Levison-Johnson.

New York City Has New Administrative Judge to Tackle Troubles in Family Court

11/30/2021

New York City Has New Administrative Judge to Tackle Troubles in Family Court

Overseeing family court in New York City’s five boroughs is now the job of Queens-raised Chief Administrative Judge Anne-Marie Jolly.

Los Angeles County Child Welfare Chief Bobby Cagle Suddenly Steps Down

11/23/2021

Los Angeles County Child Welfare Director Bobby Cagle Suddenly Steps Down

Four years into his tenure as the head of the nation’s largest local child welfare system, Los Angeles County’s Department of Children and Family Services Director Bobby Cagle is leaving his post.

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11/23/2021

Little Rock, in a Child Welfare Crisis, Becomes First Test for Family Integrity & Justice Works

Arkansas' most populous county has seen skyrocketing foster care and worker turnover in the past two years. The state is bringing in a new consulting firm started by former federal leaders to rethink things.

11/16/2021

LA Leaders Order Sweeping Investigation of Toddler Gravely Abused in Foster Home

Retired Judge Michael Nash’s Office of Child Protection will lead the investigation into a 4-year-old boy’s grave injuries in a foster home. Photo courtesy of The Oprah Winfrey Network
As a 4-year-old boy lies comatose after suffering severe abuse in a Los Angeles area foster home, county leaders have ordered a full investigation into how child protective services delivered the preschooler into such a perilous home — and why he was removed from his own home in the first place. 

11/15/2021

Racial Justice Advocates Issue Plan to Reimagine LA County’s Child Welfare System

Khari Jones and his daughter Fari Love Jones remain connected despite a terrifying entanglement with local authorities shortly after the baby’s birth in June. Photo courtesy of Khari Jones and Kayla Love
A coalition of Los Angeles County racial justice advocates, lawyers for parents in the child welfare system, reproductive rights groups and community-based organizations is calling on elected officials to implement wide-ranging reforms to the local foster care system. 

Campaign Pushes for Children and Parents’ Right to Counsel

11/11/2021

Campaign Pushes for Children and Parents’ Right to Quality Legal Counsel

A campaign is underway to extend the right to an attorney to children and parents nationwide caught up in the child welfare system.

Within Child Welfare, Absolutes Hurt the Conversation

11/10/2021

Absolutes Hurt the Conversation on Bettering Child Welfare

Child welfare is complex and professionals who write about the field should focus on substance over blame, writes Paul DiLorenzo.

States Urge Supreme Court to Validate Indian Child Welfare Act

11/8/2021

Led by California Attorney General, 25 States Urge Supreme Court to Validate Indian Child Welfare Act

Last month, 25 states urged the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold the constitutionality of the Indian Child Welfare Act, which was signed into law 43 years ago this week.