Youth Voice Writing Contest Finalist Qualyn Wilson.

5/19/2022

My Prison Experience

Youth Voice Writing Contest poetry finalist Qualyn Wilson writes about the connection between the foster care system and prison.

The Impact of Being Separated from my Family

5/19/2022

The Impact of Being Separated from my Family

Youth Voice Writing Contest essay finalist Esther Taylor writes about how the separation from her mother before her death affected her.

5/18/2022

Notorious Los Angeles Children’s Shelter Was Once a ‘House of Horrors,’ Lawsuit Alleges

In a lawsuit filed on Tuesday, a dozen former residents allege that they were sexually abused by staff at the now-shuttered MacLaren Children’s Center in Los Angeles County. Courtesy of Slater Slater Schulman LLP
Children lived in a “house of horrors” at one of the nation’s largest and most troubled shelters for foster youth, according to a lawsuit filed against Los Angeles County Tuesday.

A World Without Foster Care

5/18/2022

A World Without Foster Care

Youth Voice Writing Contest poetry finalist Tasha Matthews writes about what a world without the foster care system would look like.

Look Further than the Surface

5/18/2022

Look Further Than the Surface

Youth Voice Writing Contest essay finalist "Z" writes about the ineffectiveness of the foster care system, from its origin to the present.

Safety Isn't Real

5/17/2022

Safety Isn’t Real

Youth Voice Writing Contest poetry finalist Tierra Lamore writes about how safety can be a social construct.

Proposed Laws in Minnesota and Other States Would Limit the Practice of Seizing Federal Benefits from Foster Youth

5/17/2022

Proposed Laws in Minnesota and Other States Would Limit the Practice of Seizing Federal Benefits from Foster Youth

Across the country, local child welfare agencies like many in Minnesota are the financial representatives for foster youth eligible for federal benefits — a practice that could violate federal law.

From Pain to Perseverance

5/17/2022

From Pain to Perseverance

Youth Voice Writing Contest essay finalist Essence Thomas writes about how dance became her safe place in the midst of instability.

Safe Me

5/16/2022

Safe Me

Youth Voice Writing Contest poetry winner Marqueishia Jackson writes about what safety looks like to her.