IMPRINT ARTICLES ON
The Power of Community
In October, I attended the Blueprint for Success Conference hosted by John Burton Advocates for Youth, which brings together professionals who support foster youth in higher education. After a few years of the conference being on hiatus because of the pandemic, we were finally able to convene.
“Straightening Out” Foster Youth
On this week’s podcast, we discuss a big state court opinion on juvenile life sentences, some more workforce crisis stories, and one state supreme court chief justice’s scathing dissent in perhaps her last case involving a foster youth.
New Background Check System in California Draws Complaints
In California, some are criticizing a background check system in place to safeguard kids in foster care for its bureaucratic snags.
Experts Want to Halt Landmark Mental Health Settlement for Foster Youth
Experts involved in a long-running lawsuit are pushing for better mental health services for foster youth in Los Angeles County.
Seeing, Humanizing and Affirming Black Boys in Foster Care and Adoption
Demontea Thompson connects the racist remarks of an L.A. councilmembers to the broader conversation about race and foster care
Texas Should Place More Foster Kids with Families Rather than in Residential Treatment, Report Finds
A report commissioned by the Texas Legislature has found that children involved in the foster care system should live with families rather than in residential facilities.
We Must Help Foster Youth at Tax Time
Filing taxes could mean hundreds or thousands of dollars in tax refunds for transition age youth, including those who have been in foster care or homeless. In California, the federal and state Earned Income Tax Credit programs are the largest income transfer programs, lifting millions of people out of deep poverty.
Federal Audit Shows Poor Record-keeping for Indiana’s Many Foster Youth on Psych Meds
A federal audit into psychiatric drug prescriptions for foster children in Indiana revealed hardly anyone was keeping complete records.
The Impact of “Drugging Our Kids” with Karen de Sá
On this week’s episode we discuss new child mental health legislation, an investigation into abuse at Head Start programs, and child poverty in America continuing to plummet.
Billing Parents for Their Children’s Foster Care? One California Lawmaker Says No
California parents fighting to reunify with their kids in foster care face an arduous path. They must appear at numerous court hearings, complete hours of classes, and attend all scheduled visitations — often while finding housing, separating from abusive partners and kicking drug habits.