Historic Bill Would Repeal Federal Requirement to Terminate Parental Rights in Foster Care Cases

11/8/2021

Historic Bill Would Remove Federal Requirement to Terminate Parental Rights in Some Cases

A bill introduced before Congress would allow states to decide whether to seek the termination of parental rights in child welfare cases.

Families Saved Money After California County Nixed Youth Justice Fees

11/2/2021

Florida Proposes End to Costly Juvenile Court Fees

A bipartisan group of Florida state lawmakers filed two companion bills that would prohibit juvenile court fees in the state.

California Takes on More Oversight of Unaccompanied Immigrant Children

10/14/2021

California Takes on More Oversight of Unaccompanied Immigrant Children

California is asserting its responsibility for the care of immigrant children in the state who don't have any adult to look after them.

California’s Newest Child Welfare and Youth Justice Laws

10/13/2021

California’s Newest Child Welfare and Youth Justice Laws

California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed significant child welfare and youth justice bills into law last week, capping a year of investments in the state’s most vulnerable children and families.

Can California change its treatment of kids in crisis?

9/30/2021

Stranded in the ER: Can California Change its Treatment of Kids in Crisis?

As a crisis unfolds in California's emergency rooms, a controversial bill that aims to help children is awaiting Gov. Gavin Newsom's signature.

New Texas Law Curtails Power of Pediatricians Contracted by CPS

9/30/2021

New Texas Law Curtails Power of Pediatricians Contracted by CPS

A new Texas law entitles parents under suspicion for physically harming their children to the right to a second medical opinion and in-person exams.

Improving California's Deadly Record of Outcomes for Black Births

9/28/2021

How to Improve California’s Deadly Record of Outcomes for Black Births

California Gov. Gavin Newsom should sign SB 65 to put the state on a better path to positive outcomes for Black pregnant people, the authors write.

How One Organization Cultivates Courage to Dream Beyond Bars

9/17/2021

California Bill Limiting Youth Probation Will Be Considered Next Year

California's AB 503, known as The End Endless Probation Act, would put limits on youth probation. It was filed inactive this legislative session but will be considered next year.

Legislative Roundup — California Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Bills Head to the Governor

9/15/2021

Legislative Roundup — California Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Bills Head to the Governor

With the threat of a recall behind him, California Gov. Gavin Newsom has significant child welfare and juvenile justice bills he'll need to decide on by Oct. 10.