U.S. Justice Department: Discrimination Settlement a ‘Landmark’ Moment for Disabled Parents

Massachusetts must stop its yearslong practice of using “unsupported stereotypes” to justify taking away the children of parents with disabilities, under a settlement that the U.S. Justice Department said should serve as a warning to other states.

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Federal Roundtables with Foster Youth Find Them Feeling Supported, But Uncertain

Over the fall months, leadership at the Children’s Bureau held 12 roundtable discussions with current and former foster youth around the country, aiming to hear directly from the source about how the coronavirus pandemic was impacting their lives.


Flourishing Before, Floundering After

More than anything, I want to create a world where youth in foster care don’t have to fear being alone and not having a place to live. That is why I’m attending Cal State Los Angeles, studying to become a social worker.


New Survey Shows 1 in 3 New York Foster Families Lost Income in 2020, With City Hardest Hit

One in three New York foster parents have lost their jobs or critical sources of household income during the 8-month-old coronavirus pandemic, according to a survey of 656 foster parents in every county statewide. 



LGBTQ Foster Youth in New York City: Strong in Numbers, Struggling in Care
Credit: New York City Administration for Children’s Services 

LGBTQ youth represent more than one-third of those in New York City’s foster care system, a higher share than previously understood, according to a first-of-its-kind survey released this week by the city’s child welfare agency. 

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Who Cares 2020: Executive Summary

Newly released data compiled and analyzed for “Who Cares: A National Count of Foster Homes and Families” finds the number of foster youth in America continues to drop, but the percentage of them who are not identified as white appears to be growing.


Los Angeles Unified Prepares to Bring Some Foster Youth Back to Campus

Although coronavirus cases are hitting record highs across the nation, educators in one of the largest public school districts will welcome back its neediest students Monday – fearing that keeping them from the classroom could be causing even greater harm.

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U.S. Supreme Court Hears Religious Freedom Case Involving Foster Care Contract

While most of the country had their eyes and ears glued to, um, something else, Youth Services Insider listened in on the oral arguments in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, a case involving religion and foster care that was heard Tuesday by the newly recomposed Supreme Court. 



On Fulton v City of Philadelphia, Both Sides Miss the Most Important Point

When Catholic Charities faces off against the City of Philadelphia in the U.S. Supreme Court Nov. 4, the parties will appear diametrically opposed. Philadelphia requires all contractors to adhere to a nondiscrimination policy that includes sexual orientation.