A Bill Once Again Before Minnesota Lawmakers Set Out to Preserve Black Families. This Year’s Version Would Apply to Almost Everyone in the Child Welfare System.

4/4/2024

A Bill Once Again Before Minnesota Lawmakers Set Out to Preserve Black Families. This Year’s Version Would Apply to Almost Everyone in the Child Welfare System.

The amended and renamed African American Family Preservation Act would expand the “gold standard” of child welfare law to nearly all foster children.

ribal Child Support Collections

2/12/2024

For the First Time, Feds Will Fully Fund Tribal Child Support Collections

Under a new rule released by the Biden administration, tribes will no longer share the costs of child support collections.

DOJ Calls on States To Eliminate Juvenile Fines and Fees

1/17/2024

DOJ Calls on States To Eliminate Juvenile System Fines and Fees

Federal officials are calling on states to eliminate juvenile justice-related fines and fees charged to families.

Electronic freeway Sign advising of an amber alert for a child abduction

1/5/2024

California Law Creates Police Alerts for Missing Black Youth

Under a new California law, emergency notifications by law enforcement will be expanded to include “Ebony Alerts” for missing Black youth.

New York Assemblymember Latoya Joyner announced her plan to leave office today. Photo courtesy of Joyner's office.

1/4/2024

New York Legislator, a Former Adoptee, Will Soon Step Down

A New York Assemblymember, former adoptee and co-author of the Preserving Family Bonds Act, has announced her plan to leave office.

1/3/2024

New York Will Use Public Health Dollars to Curb Youth Violence

New York is the latest state to pass legislation aimed at curbing youth violence through the use of Medicaid funds.

    11/13/2023

    The Potential of Pre-Petition Counsel with Jey Rajaraman

    Last month, the Biden administration proposed a new rule that would permit the use of federal funding to support attorneys for tribal governments, relatives and other kin, and parents and children at risk of experiencing a family separation. 

    Podcast

    10/30/2023

    Seen, Heard and Represented

    On this week’s episode we discuss action on Capitol Hill around the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act, a Congressional investigation that so far includes only one state’s child welfare system, and how programs are reviewed for the Family First Act.Natalece

    Podcast
    Youth Services Insider

    9/27/2023

    White House Announces Slate of Actions on Child Welfare

    The Biden administration announced a mix of final and proposed rules on child welfare policy today that cover the placement of foster youth with relatives, legal representation for parents and children involved with the system, and the placement of LGBTQ youth in foster care.