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Federal Judge Gives Final OK to Arizona’s Foster Care Improvement Plan

A federal judge on Wednesday gave final approval to a settlement with Arizona that puts an end to a six-year legal battle over the foster care system, but not before hearing from skeptics about whether the state will be able to keep its promises to some of society’s most vulnerable youngsters.


Texas Freeze Shows Danger of Small Networks for Former Foster Youth

For many Texans, their family, friends and neighbors came through during this month’s winter storms and the catastrophes that followed. These were support systems that literally saved lives and provided comfort and light in dark moments.


California Goes After License of Dr. Patrick Clyne, Pediatrician Long Suspected of Child Abuse

The state of California has taken its first formal action to end the medical career of Santa Clara County’s former chief pediatrician for children in foster care, 20 years after allegations surfaced that he had sexually abused boys living in his home and patients as young as 6 years old.

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Clearinghouse Abruptly Downgrades Family Centered Treatment

In December 2019, supporters of the Family Centered Treatment (FCT) model received the news so many child welfare programs are hoping for these days: it was approved for federal funding under the Family First Prevention Services Act.

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JooYeun Chang Joins Biden Child Welfare Team
JooYeun Chang, who is departing as child welfare director for the State of Michigan to join the Biden administration. Photo: U.S. Administration for Children and Families

Former Michigan child welfare director JooYeun Chang has joined the Biden administration as the principal deputy assistant secretary at the Administration for Children and Families (ACF).


What Child Welfare Can Learn from ‘Rewiring’

Fifteen months ago, we set out to test a proposition: That with a modest injection of flexible prevention money, and thoughtful approaches to rethinking some decision-making, we could turn a child welfare system into a family well-being system. 


Child Welfare Workers Scramble to Protect Foster Youth through Deadly Texas Winter Storm
Days into a historic pummeling from a massive winter storm, child welfare workers across Texas are scrambling to keep tens of thousands of foster youth in the state’s care safe from a storm that has already killed at least 10 people.


States Jump on New Chance to Target Most-Vulnerable Youth for Job Training

As the pandemic continues to hobble a devastated economy, two Western states are working to make sure that federal funds available for helping young people get jobs reach those who have grown up in the foster care and juvenile justice systems.


Audit Spots Big Problems With Protecting Rights of LGBTQ Youth in Illinois’ Care

Four years after the Illinois formally committed to honoring the rights of LGBTQ youth in its care, an audit released this month found little evidence that it lived up to its initial promises.