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7/16/2021

Alabama Youth Ranch Celebrates the Lives of Eight Children Killed in Fiery Traffic Crash

Girls housed on the Alabama Sheriffs Girls Ranch on a beach trip in mid-June. Photo courtesy of Alabama Sheriffs Girls Ranch.
Eight children killed in a 17-car pileup on a slick Alabama highway a month ago were celebrated Thursday by hundreds of mourners who lined the pews of a megachurch and watched doves released into the open sky. 

4/20/2021

Chauvin Guilty Verdict: ‘Today we mourn. Tonight we dream. Tomorrow, we continue the fight’

Signs held at protests that took place in the wake of George Floyd’s murder last year by police officers.
Youth and leaders in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems reacted with speed and deep emotion Tuesday to the conviction of Minnesota police officer Derek Chauvin for the brutal killing of George Floyd last year — a murder that moved the entire globe to protest racial injustice and police brutality.

10/26/2020

The Forgotten Children of Texas

Each year, thousands of foster children in Texas are shuffled into little-known “treatment centers” where they are frequently neglected and abused. State officials have largely ignored allegations of wrongdoing and calls for reform.

8/2/2020

California Counties Empty Juvenile Halls to Combat COVID-19

The exterior wall of the El Dorado County Juvenile Hall in Placerville, California. Photo: Max Whittaker, Prime Collective
Seeking to avoid outbreaks of coronavirus, within a matter of months, county officials across California have dramatically reduced the numbers of youth locked in juvenile detention facilities – a decrease that justice advocates long decrying the over-incarceration of the nation’s young people might once have dreamed of.

7/30/2020

Family Enrichment Centers Show Early Promise in New York City, Evaluation Reports

New York City’s child welfare agency launched a bold small experiment in 2018: Three new community rooms deep in the city’s most under-resourced neighborhoods would offer comfy, staffed spaces for families to seek no-strings-attached advice and support, computer access, meeting space or children’s playtime, all at no cost.

7/28/2020

Missouri Child Welfare Overhaul Includes Kinship Diversion, Access to Birth Documents

Missouri has made it easier for an adult relative to temporarily look after the children of kin without legally removing them into foster care. That’s one of several substantive changes to the state’s child welfare system that Gov.

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7/26/2020

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.

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7/19/2020

New York Foster Parents Face a ‘Back to School’ Like No Other

First grade ended on a low note in June for Minda Briaddy’s 7-year-old daughter, who joined the family from foster care at age 4 and is now being adopted. After her in-person classes and special education services ended abruptly due to the coronavirus pandemic, her elementary school in New York’s Adirondack Mountains sent home three bulging envelopes stuffed with worksheets for her to complete at home on her own.

7/12/2020

Study Shows Excellent Preschool Experience Can Narrow Racial Achievement Gap

Highly trained, well-paid preschool teachers with low-student ratios, clean, safe classrooms with blocks, playdough, art supplies and outdoor spaces where kids can run and play could be key to closing the racial achievement gap, according to a new Rutgers University study.