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6/2/2021

L.A. County Offers Struggling Youth First Work Experience as Economy Gears Back Up

L.A. County's [email protected] program provides vulnerable youth ages 14 to 24 with their first paid work experience as the economy re-opens.

Juvenile defenders argue virtual court has its disadvantages

5/14/2021

Let’s Not Stick With Remote Court Hearings After Pandemic, Juvenile Defenders Say

Virtual hearings may have been a necessary precaution for the past 14 months because of the pandemic, but a new report from the National Juvenile Defender Center says they take a toll on the legal rights of juvenile defendants and should not remain a normal practice once it’s safe to gather in court again.

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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.

4/27/2021

Advocates Call on California to Provide Pandemic Cash Relief to Foster Youth

In addition to growing struggles with homelessness, foster youth are concerned about the debt they'll be left with post-pandemic.

Youth Services Insider

4/14/2021

States Hook Up to Strategize Support for Kids, Families as Pandemic Rolls On

Eight states are getting together for the rest of 2021 to work out the best way to help children and families weather the second year of the coronavirus pandemic with a minimum of child neglect and abuse.

Youth Services Insider

4/8/2021

Arizona Launches Portal to Connect Former Foster Youth with Pandemic Relief

Many of Arizona’s current and former youth are in line for more federal help to get them through the pandemic, the state Department of Child Safety has announced. The change means young adults currently in foster care and former foster youth who have not yet turned 27 years old will be able to tap funds made available under a law Congress passed in December, the COVID-19 Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2020.

3/23/2021

Program Helping Homeless Students on Washington College Campuses Seeks to Expand During Pandemic

Illustration by Christine Ongjoco
For three years, Jaysa Cooper focused only on the 24 hours ahead, unsure where she would sleep and whether she’d be able to eat. The 21-year-old couch-surfed with friends and family or slept in her car in and around Yakima, where she was born and raised.

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3/18/2021

Foster Parents are Essential Workers and Should Not Be Overlooked

After a long year of fear, loss and traumatic uncertainty, the availability of vaccines protecting against COVID-19 is a welcome, necessary relief. Health care workers, teachers and the elderly have been rightly prioritized for access, but many vulnerable people are still waiting for eligibility.

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3/16/2021

California Foster Parents Win Vaccine Eligibility, As Fight Continues in New York

California foster parents are getting some long-awaited relief in the form of priority eligibility for coronavirus vaccines. The most populous state appears to be leading the nation in offering vaccines to these caregivers: Across the country in New York, foster parents have yet to be prioritized, and there are few indications that they are being prioritized elsewhere.