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Guards Without Masks and Tests With No Results
A 20-year-old Northern California man stepped into freedom late last month, after serving his time in one of the state’s three youth prisons – human warehouses now struggling to beat back the coronavirus before it spreads faster through a population of 775 young people who committed crimes as juveniles.
COVID-19 Tears Through Family with 18 Children
By the time Brittany Jencik, 49, got the call confirming that she had tested positive for COVID-19, the sickness had already spread to her 63-year-old husband, Barry and their children – all 18 of those living at home.
Advocates Propose New Deal-style Assistance for Transitional Foster Youth
California lawmakers may have helped older foster youth from some of the immediate ravages of the coronavirus pandemic in the state’s recently passed budget, but the San Francisco-based Youth Law Center says it’s time to look forward and start planning now for long-term recovery strategies.
New York Taps Family First Act Fund to Prevent Aging Out During Pandemic
For months since the eruption of the deadly coronavirus, youth and advocates have been imploring New York to allow young people in the foster care system to continue receiving financial and housing support beyond their 21st birthday.
Senate Bill Would Send Billions to States for Child Welfare Services
In an attempt to steer dollars to state child welfare agencies before coronavirus-fueled budget tightening, a group of Democratic senators have introduced a massive assistance package with the likely aim of inclusion in further stimulus legislation.
A Social Services Leader Returns to Fight Pandemic and Racial Inequality
Will Lightbourne, a longtime director of state and local social services, emerged from retirement last month to become the director of the California Department of Health Care Services – just as record-breaking coronavirus cases tripled in the state.
‘There’s No Magic in Turning 21:’ New York Legislators Are the Last Hope for Young Adults in Foster Care
After earlier pleas to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) went unanswered, advocates for young adults in foster care are urging support for legislation that would extend housing and financial support beyond the current age limit of 21 during the coronavirus pandemic.
L.A. Leaders Look to Save Job Training Program for Foster and Homeless Youth
As coronavirus cases surge and the reopening of the economy gets rolled back, Los Angeles County leaders are searching for funds to protect a job training program aimed at helping vulnerable teens and young adults get crucial work experience.
New York Averts COVID-related Lapse in Early Intervention Therapy for Toddlers with Developmental Delays
Hundreds of New York state toddlers whose early intervention services were threatened by the possibility of missing a June 30 deadline because of COVID-19 precautions got a reprieve on Monday when the state moved the deadline back.
Federal Immigration Agency Must Release Children from Family Detention Centers, Judge Rules
Comparing the threat of coronavirus to fire tearing through a house, a federal judge on Friday ordered Immigration and Customs Enforcement to release minors who have been held in family detention facilities for more than 20 days by July 17.