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1/19/2021

Coronavirus Continues to Rise in California Youth Lockups
Young people from the Pine Grove Conservation Camp juvenile inmate firefighters prepare to battle the Power Fire in Madera County. Photo courtesy of the Department of Juvenile Justice

A staggering 1 in 4 youth incarcerated in California’s prison system for juvenile offenders has been infected with the deadly coronavirus, a grim tally that has grown amid recent outbreaks.

1/13/2021

National Freeze on Aging Out of Foster Care Will Make ‘Profound Difference,’ New York Advocates Say
Illustration by Christine Ongjoco

Ten months into a deadly pandemic that continues to wreak havoc on society and the economy, a federal relief package bundled extra child welfare money to states with a new rule: You can’t let foster youth age out into adulthood during the ongoing coronavirus emergency. 

New York City

1/10/2021

New York City Must Provide WiFi to Homeless Families

New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio’s announcement that schools will open for elementary students came as welcome news for many homeless families, as the switch to remote and blended learning has been fraught with uncertainty and unfulfilled promises.

1/8/2021

Live on Imprint at 2 p.m. EST: Federal Town Hall: New Funding and Support for Older Foster Youth
Click here at 2 p.m. EST to watch the town hall on coronavirus relief supports for older foster youth, featuring federal officials Lynn Johnson and Jerry Milner

1/6/2021

Diverse Organizations Urge California Lawmakers to Prioritize Children in Budget
California Gov. Gavin Newsom is preparing his 2021-22 budget.

As California Gov. Gavin Newsom prepares to unveil his 2021-22 budget proposal later this week, more than 1,000 organizations have urged policymakers to make children — especially the reopening of public schools — the state’s “all-hands-on-deck” spending priority.

1/4/2021

Study Finds ‘Devastating’ Pandemic-Era Effects on Former Foster Youth

The first few months of the coronavirus pandemic took a significant toll on the well-being of former foster youth, according to a new survey that researchers said points to the need to address those effects in the medium and long term. 

12/31/2020

Top Stories of 2020: How Kids and Families were Impacted by Coronavirus

As COVID-19 began what would be an unrelenting spread of hardship in America, The Imprint spoke with the CEO of a major child welfare service provider in Washington state, one of the first places hit hard in the pandemic. 

12/16/2020

New York Smooths Path for Young Adults to Re-enter Foster Care
Governor Cuomo at a press conference in November. Photo via Flickr.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signed a law Tuesday making it easier for former foster youth who have not yet turned 21 to re-enter the city’s care, which can include housing assistance and monthly stipends to cover their basic needs. 

12/16/2020

Dependency Court Backlog Finds Many Los Angeles Children Still in Limbo
Illustration by Christine Ongjoco

Since the coronavirus began to fray Los Angeles County’s safety net in March, the number of children involved with its child welfare system has swelled by 4,000 children, reaching the highest total in 14 years.