Amid Protest, Los Angeles County Supervisors Commit to Pre-Petition Representation

5/17/2022

Amid Protest, L.A. County Looks to Early Legal Representation for Parents to Avoid Foster Care Removals

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted to provide parents with free legal counsel at the outset of a child welfare investigation.  

Proposed Laws in Minnesota and Other States Would Limit the Practice of Seizing Federal Benefits from Foster Youth

5/17/2022

Proposed Laws in Minnesota and Other States Would Limit the Practice of Seizing Federal Benefits from Foster Youth

Across the country, local child welfare agencies like many in Minnesota are the financial representatives for foster youth eligible for federal benefits — a practice that could violate federal law.

Substitute Teacher Shortage Hits California’s Low-income Students Harder

5/16/2022

Substitute Teacher Shortage Hits California’s Low-income Students Harder

With substitute teachers in California in scarce supply and school officials worried about future staffing, one lawmaker is proposing solutions.

Minnesota Bill to Create Foster Youth Ombuds Office Goes to Governor’s Desk

5/11/2022

Minnesota Bill to Create Foster Youth Ombuds Office Goes to Governor’s Desk

A bill approved by the Minnesota Legislature today would establish a new ombuds office — a watchdog agency to serve the interests of foster youth.

Will California sidestep federal “work first” welfare rules?

5/4/2022

Will California Sidestep Federal “Work First” Welfare Rules?

California is trying to make its cash assistance program more flexible for low-income parents. Advocates say a federal rule is hindering that.

Mississippi Governor Signs Law to Provide Free Tuition to Foster Youth

5/2/2022

Mississippi Governor Signs Law to Provide Free Tuition to Foster Youth

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves signed a bill last week that will provide free college and technical school tuition for Mississippi foster youth through a scholarship fund.

Texas Legislature Digs Into Problems at Child Protective Agency

4/27/2022

Texas Legislature Digs Into Problems at Child Protective Agency

The Texas Legislature is ramping up its oversight of the state’s child welfare agency amid ongoing revelations of children harmed in government care and repeated condemnations from the federal courts.

Widespread Condemnation of 8-year-old Boy’s Treatment by Syracuse Police Continues

4/26/2022

Widespread Condemnation of 8-year-old Boy’s Treatment by Syracuse Police Continues

In New York, activist groups, residents and Gov. Kathy Hochul reacted last week to a video of Syracuse police detaining an 8-year-old boy.

Life Altered for One Texas Family Determined to Protect Transgender Child

4/21/2022

Life Altered for One Texas Family Determined to Protect Transgender Child

In Texas, top politicians say gender-affirming care is abuse, compelling one therapist to protect her clients — and her family.