DOJ Calls on States To Eliminate Juvenile Fines and Fees


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.

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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.


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.


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.


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. 



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

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    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. 


    SafeCamp Spotlights: Angela Orkin of The Children’s Law Podcast

    On this week’s episode we discuss new data on drug use among youth who experience incarceration; federal legislation to define poverty out of neglect; testing cash assistance in child welfare; and how foster care is being discussed in the context of the overturning of Roe v.



    Ambitious Efforts to Reform New York’s Juvenile Justice System Fail in the Legislature

    New York's Clean Slate Act is on its way to the governor's desk, but a slew of juvenile justice reform bills failed to pass the Legislature.