California Budgets $8 Million to Bring Youth Home from Troubled Facilities

California will spend more than $8 million to find safer homes for children returning from troubled out-of-state residential programs, in response to a Chronicle and Imprint investigation into rampant reports of abuse at the facilities.

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Q&A: St. Lawrence County’s New Commissioner Faces Massive Caseload
Photo courtesy of Cindy Ackerman.

Even before the pandemic struck in March, the past year has been challenging for the Department of Social Services in St. Lawrence County, a rural county just south of the Canada border.


National Freeze on Aging Out of Foster Care Will Make ‘Profound Difference,’ New York Advocates Say
Illustration by Christine Ongjoco

Ten months into a deadly pandemic that continues to wreak havoc on society and the economy, a federal relief package bundled extra child welfare money to states with a new rule: You can’t let foster youth age out into adulthood during the ongoing coronavirus emergency. 


Trump Finalizes 11th-hour Rule Change Allowing Religious and Sex-Based Discrimination

Among the many ways Donald Trump is seeking to leave a lasting imprint on the government in the final days of a beleaguered presidency, the administration this week erased Obama-era rules that prohibited publicly funded, faith-based social service providers from discriminating on the basis of factors such as sexual orientation or religion.

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Feds Strongly Suggest That States Use Coronavirus Relief for Cash Payments to Foster Youth

States will have a lot of latitude on how to spend their share of the $400 million in assistance for older foster youth, which passed as part of the massive COVID-19 relief bill in December.


Live on Imprint at 2 p.m. EST: Federal Town Hall: New Funding and Support for Older Foster Youth
Click here at 2 p.m. EST to watch the town hall on coronavirus relief supports for older foster youth, featuring federal officials Lynn Johnson and Jerry Milner
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A Pop Tart Tribute to Human Rights

In late December, the nonprofit iFoster hosted its inaugural Great iFoster Bake Off, a national Zoom-hosted competition where foster youth and caregivers teamed up to decorate holiday houses made out of Pop Tarts.


Why These Parents Returned to a System That Took Their Kids Away
A group of newly hired parent advocates in Los Angeles with a past in the child welfare system are providing advice and assistance to others with children placed into foster care.


Texas Lawmaker Wants to Require Trauma Training for Attorneys, Judges
State Rep. Ray Lopez (D). Photo courtesy of Texas State Directory

Tara Hutton remembers how the little girl she had been fostering for a year began acting out on the day a new social worker came to their house in Magnolia, Texas.