Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis

7/27/2021

L.A. County to Provide Income to Transition-Age Youth

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors announced a $7.7 million plan for guaranteed income to transition-age youth.

7/13/2021

Los Angeles Leaders Vote to Try “Colorblind” Foster Care Decisions

Los Angeles County leaders committed to test out “colorblind removals” in child welfare cases — an attempt to correct implicit bias in the system.

Tennessee’s New Child-Related Laws Kick In

7/13/2021

Tennessee’s New Child-Related Laws Kick In

New laws affecting the protection of children went into effect July 1 in Tennessee, including one that increases the penalty for knowingly exposing children to dangerous drugs.

Colorado expands services for transitional foster youth.

7/1/2021

Colorado Expands Services for Transitional Foster Youth

Colorado youth who have transitioned out of foster care can re-enter the system if they wish to access services expanded under a new state law.

out-of-state residential facilities

6/25/2021

California Lawmakers Consider Permanent Ban on Sending Youth to Out-of-State Treatment Centers

Legislation pending in the California Legislature would permanently bar child welfare and juvenile justice authorities from sending troubled youth to out-of-state residential facilities.

New York legislature child welfare juvenile justice bills.

6/23/2021

Legislative Roundup — New York’s Actions on Children and Youth Justice

After a year of pandemic-prompted shutdowns and widespread protests against racism and police brutality, the New York Legislature closed its session this month with notable reforms to the child welfare, youth justice and child care systems.

Foster Care Attorney and Foster Parent Jay Paul Deratany

6/23/2021

I’m a Foster Care Attorney and a Gay Man Fostering a Child With My Husband. Here’s What SCOTUS Got Wrong Last Week

My work as an attorney helped my husband and me realize that the foster care system needs as many stable, compassionate people as it can get to become foster parents, writes Jay Paul Deratany.

As New York legalizes marijuana, parent advocates push child welfare agencies to be less punitive

6/8/2021

New Texas Law Makes it Harder to Remove Kids From Parental Home

Child protective services officials in Texas can no longer remove a child from their family because a parent tested positive for cannabis.

The ICWA Law Center staff.

5/17/2021

Minneapolis Lawyers Rely on ‘Gold Standard’ Law to Keep Native American Families Together

To examine the Indian Child Welfare Act and its impact, The Imprint reviewed summaries of 40 cases handled last fall by a leading nonprofit law firm in Minnesota, where Native American children are removed from their parents at a rate unseen elsewhere in the country. The review revealed that the federal law has a clear benefit for the children it is designed to protect — and without it, those rights would be greatly diminished.