California Governor to Decide on Family Reunification Bills, and More

9/7/2022

California Governor to Decide on Family Reunification Bills, and More

Bills on California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s desk aim to prevent foster care removals due to poverty, better protect LGBTQ youth and reduce racial disparities.

California lawmaker Scott Wiener (D) introduced Senate Bill 107 to make the state a refuge for trans children seeking health care

8/22/2022

A Proposed Law Would Give Trans Youth Refuge in California

California legislators are poised to make their state a refuge for transgender youth seeking gender-affirming care and their families.

California Assemblymember Chris Holden, pictured in a brown seat speaking into a microphone, has authored a bill that would ban police from lying to minors during interrogations

8/11/2022

California Bill Would Bar Police from Lying to Kids During Interrogations

A bill moving through California's Legislature would stop law enforcement from using deceptive tactics on children during interrogations.

Tribal Leaders Vow to Protect Native Families from Separation as Indian Child Welfare Law Heads to the Supreme Court

8/4/2022

Supreme Court Set to Consider Fate Of Indian Child Welfare Act in November

The Supreme Court will begin to hear oral arguments in a case that challenges the federal Indian Child Welfare Act in November.

What Happens When Foster Youth Want an Abortion — and What Could Soon Change?

7/28/2022

What Happens When Foster Youth Want an Abortion — and What Could Soon Change?

A leading Massachusetts attorney for pregnant minors discusses confidential court hearings for youth seeking an abortion without parental consent.

7/21/2022

CARE Court: Can California Counties Make it Work?

While state lawmakers show enthusiasm about California's new CARE Court, county officials are worried they don’t have the resources to implement the idea.While state lawmakers show enthusiasm about California's new CARE Court, county officials are worried they don’t have the resources to implement the idea.

    California payments foster youth tax

    7/12/2022

    California Foster Youth Can Still Benefit From New State Payments

    In California, a new round of state payments could pass over some with the highest needs — including young adults transitioning out of foster care.

    How Hidden Foster Care Harms Children and Parents of Color

    7/7/2022

    California Bill Aims to Increase Availability of Tribal Foster Homes

    A California bill under consideration in the state Senate would provide resources to expand the number of Native American foster parents.

    Finally, More Judges Headed to ‘Desperately Overstretched’ New York Family Courts

    7/5/2022

    Finally, More Judges Headed to ‘Desperately Overstretched’ New York Family Courts

    New York lawmakers have agreed to add six judges to the Family Court bench along with 14 new Supreme Court justices spread across the state.