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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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.