“People Should Define Who Their Family Is”

On January 1, two of Washington State’s largest human services providers combined to form a new organization called Akin. The merger of two healthy nonprofits perhaps reflects the alignment of business and outcomes to a new vision for how youth and families are served by governments and their partners.

California's failure to protect laws can cause further trauma to kids and families


California Can Take Kids from Abused Moms. Why the Separation Can Harm Both

California’s ‘failure to protect’ law allows child welfare agencies to take kids from homes scarred by domestic abuse, which some say can worsen trauma.

Legislation in New York Allowing Parents to Contact Kids Who’ve Been Adopted on the Governor’s Desk, Again


Legislation in New York Allowing Parents to Contact Kids Who’ve Been Adopted on the Governor’s Desk, Again

A New York bill that would open the door to communication between children and biological parents whose parental rights have been terminated is being considered by Gov. Kathy Hochul.

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The Danger of Disconnection

Our current child welfare system has a primary design flaw: failing to account for the importance of human connections.


In New York City, Housing Silos Prevent Reunification

In New York City, which rightfully prides itself on compassion and resilience, there are parents who are trying to rebuild lives with their families but are caught in the crosscurrents of temporary housing, mental health challenges, and the foster care system. 

Upstream City


Upstream City: To Move Forward, Apologize and Atone

In the final installment of Upstream City, Nora McCarthy calls on New York City to apologize and atone for past wrongs in child welfare.


    SafeCamp Spotlights: Kee Tobar of How Is That Legal?

    On this week’s episode, we discuss another class action lawsuit filed against Indiana’s child welfare agency; housing barriers to reunification; one of America’s most famous adoption stories unravels; and new leaders in child welfare.



    SafeCamp Spotlights: Corey Best of Audio Nuggets

    On this week’s episode we discuss new data on the use of detention since the COVID-19 pandemic began, a whistleblower in Texas, and the passing of Charles Ogletree. Corey Best, founder of Mining for Gold and host of the Audio Nuggets podcast, joins to discuss how he built his show in the mold of a hip-hop cypher.

    Youth Services Insider


    Federal Funding Available to Expand Wraparound Services in Affordable Housing

    The Administration of Children and Families (ACF) is offering $2 million in grants for programs aimed at increasing stability and well-being for families living in affordable housing.