As Youth Supporters Rally, Minnesota Lawmakers Pass ‘Trans Refuge’ Bill 

Minnesota passed a bill that protects trans youth and their parents from legal repercussions when traveling there for gender-affirming care.


Idaho Moves Toward Making Gender-Affirming Care for Youth a Felony

Idaho State Capitol. Photo, Idaho State Legislature
An Idaho bill to criminalize gender-affirming healthcare for transgender minors overwhelmingly passed in the House, and now heads to the state Senate.  Arkansas and Alabama have already passed similar legislation and are both in court with the Biden administration over the controversial laws. 


Texas Should Tell Parents Their Rights When It Investigates Child Abuse Claims, Lawmaker Proposes

Under a new bill in Texas, CPS caseworkers would have to notify parents of their legal rights at the beginning of an investigation.


Grappling with Homelessness, California Lawmakers to Consider Extending Foster Care to 26

California lawmakers will weigh legislation to extend the nation’s largest foster care system by five years for some youth. 


Biden’s Top Child Welfare Official Discusses Her 2023 Priorities with The Imprint

January Contreras, assistant secretary of the Administration for Children and Families, says her goals include supporting, encouraging, and pushing states to prevent foster care.

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New York Child Welfare Advocates Call on Lawmakers to Prevent Foster Care Through Community Investment

New York lawmakers, youth activists and advocates called for direct investments today in communities with high rates of foster care.


    Parents Paying the Bill for Foster Care

    On this week’s episode, we discuss a potentially landmark law on legal counsel in Washington, another state with an ICWA bill, and the Justice Department allegedly takes interest in a controversial child welfare algorithm.



    After Decades in Prison, Should Adults Convicted as Teens Get a Second Chance? A Growing Number of State Laws Say Yes 

    Cordell Miller was 49 and had spent 30 years locked up. Now he had to prove to a judge that he was far from his 17-year-old self.


    Native Montana Lawmakers Call on State to Recognize Traumatic History of Indian Boarding Schools

    A state senator with firsthand experience in American Indian boarding schools has introduced a joint resolution calling on the state legislature to recognize the history of these institutions and the trauma they caused generations of Indigenous people.