11/21/2022

“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.

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New Background Check System in California Draws Complaints

11/15/2022

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

11/7/2022

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.

10/25/2022

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

10/21/2022

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.

California Foster Youth Can Still Benefit From New State Payments

10/12/2022

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 of Indiana’s Foster Youth on Psych Meds — and There are Many

    10/6/2022

    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.

    10/3/2022

    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.

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    9/28/2022

    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.