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Criminal Justice: Bill Would Establish Parental Diversion Program in Federal Courts
Federal judges handing down sentences to parents and caregivers would have the power to consider whether it would be better for the whole family if the defendant were to stay out of prison or probation and instead be ordered to receive a comprehensive range of services, under legislation introduced this week.
Federal Judge Rejects Trump Food Stamp Rule
A federal judge on Sunday threw out a Trump Administration proposal that would have cut food stamps to 700,000 Americans, including many foster youths aging out of care, at the end of the coronavirus emergency, which has put millions out of work.
Coronavirus Makes for Unique Congressional Internship for Foster Youth
The coronavirus pandemic has added urgency to the work of this year’s class of congressional interns with expertise in foster care – the history of their own lives. The fallout of COVID-19 has hit more than 400,000 children and youth in foster care like few other groups of Americans as yet another trauma in their lives, and none more so than young people approaching independence.
Unaccompanied Children At Our Border Are Not a Threat; They’re in Danger
Two weeks ago, U.S. District Judge Carl Nichols drew a line in the sand. The U.S. government had issued a directive requiring border agents to deport unaccompanied children, arguing that they could be vectors and contributing to the spread of COVID-19.
‘There’s No Magic in Turning 21:’ New York Legislators Are the Last Hope for Young Adults in Foster Care
After earlier pleas to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) went unanswered, advocates for young adults in foster care are urging support for legislation that would extend housing and financial support beyond the current age limit of 21 during the coronavirus pandemic.
Federal Immigration Agency Must Release Children from Family Detention Centers, Judge Rules
Comparing the threat of coronavirus to fire tearing through a house, a federal judge on Friday ordered Immigration and Customs Enforcement to release minors who have been held in family detention facilities for more than 20 days by July 17.
Texas Failing To Keep Youth in Foster Care Safe
In December 2015, a federal judge ruled that Texas was violating the rights of children in long-term care of the state by subjecting them to abuse, overmedication and repeated placement moves.
State Lawmakers Race the Clock to Prevent Hundreds of Foster Youth from Aging Out Alone
With dozens of foster youth reaching their 21st birthday each week and job prospects still bleak, state legislators in New York and California advocates have introduced bills that would preserve young people’s access to essential support throughout the public health and economic crisis.
California Legislators Restore Child Welfare Cut as Budget Battle Looms
With California still officially entering a recession Monday and coronavirus infections continuing to multiply, the state Legislature released a budget that would restore more than $90 million in previously proposed cuts to child welfare services, setting up a showdown between lawmakers and Gov.
Democrats Seek Answers From Justice Department on Juvenile Detainees Amid Virus Crisis
A group of Democratic senators wants to know what, if anything, the Trump administration has done to help state and local juvenile justice agencies comply with basic standards of care for youth locked up amid the coronavirus pandemic.