In Minnesota, ‘Lifebooks’ Create Personal Archives for Young People in Out-of-Home Care

12/5/2022

In Minnesota, ‘Lifebooks’ Create Personal Archives for Young People in Out-of-Home Care

Elliott Odendahl shows her lifebook in her office, where she works as a therapist. Photo by Nicole Neri.
The records Arnisia Coleman has of her childhood are mostly court documents. Judges’ orders on foster care placements dating back to when she was 3.

Foster Care Failed to Protect Two Texas Teens from Sexual Assault

12/1/2022

Foster Care Failed to Protect Two Texas Teens from Sexual Assault

Two teenagers who were allegedly sexually assaulted in October were in foster care at the time, outside of a formal, licensed placement.

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11/29/2022

Texas Governor Announces New Leadership for Family and Protective Services

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott yesterday announced the newest appointments to leadership in the state's Department of Family and Protective Services.

Illinois Investigation Exposes Insurance Company’s Failures To Serve Foster Youth

11/22/2022

Investigation Exposes Insurance Company’s Failures To Serve Foster Youth in Illinois

An investigation showed that a top Medicaid contractor in Illinois did not effectively manage the health care of youth in foster care.

Decades-old Lawsuit to Reform Washington’s Foster Care System Is Resolved

11/21/2022

Decades-old Lawsuit to Reform Washington’s Foster Care System Is Resolved

A Seattle office of the Washington State Department of Children, Youth and Families. Photo by Espen James.
A landmark lawsuit over the poor treatment of children in Washington’s foster care system has come to an end, more than two decades after it was filed.

Veronica Vieyra benefited from the UBI program Santa Clara County has in place for former foster youth.

11/21/2022

California Announces Guaranteed Income Pilot Projects for Former Foster Youth

Former foster youth Veronica Vieyra participated in the guaranteed-income program for former foster youth in Santa Clara County. Photo courtesy of Vieyra.
The California Department of Social Services has awarded $25 million in grant funding to seven guaranteed-income pilot projects serving pregnant women and young people aging out of the state’s foster care system.

    11/17/2022

    Child Welfare Advocates Say New Mexico Falling Short on Court-ordered Reforms

    A report on the progress New Mexico has made on fulfilling commitments to better care for foster youth has found the state falling short.

    11/17/2022

    Civil Rights Advocates Call U.S. Child Welfare System a ‘National Problem’

    A report from Human Rights Watch and the ACLU highlights the harms of the U.S. child welfare system and recommends reforms.

    Collaborative Models Can Better Serve Families

    11/17/2022

    Collaborative Efforts Can Better Serve Families

    When combined, government and community efforts to support the complex economic and health needs of families are stronger.