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In its Initial Budget, L.A. County Pledges to Invest in Youth Jobs


In Its Initial Budget, L.A. County Pledges to Invest in Youth Jobs

In its initial budget, Los Angeles County is pledging nearly $16 million next year to provide paying jobs and internships to young people.

Los Angeles County Avoids Juvenile Hall Closures, but New Problems Surface


More Troubling Conditions Revealed at L.A. County Juvenile Hall

A report from a local oversight group described abysmal conditions for young people incarcerated in a Los Angeles County Juvenile Hall.


Building a Voice for System-Involved Youth with Alain Datcher

On this week’s podcast we discuss the everyday impact of the Indian Child Welfare Act in court; a guide for current and former foster youth who want to find out if they are owed social security benefits; Alabama gets sued (again); and new entries into the Family First Prevention Services Act.

Color-blind Removal Approach Gains National Interest


Color-Blind Ambition

Driven by evidence that child welfare decision-makers judge parents of color more harshly and are more likely to remove their children, there is growing interest in a program that proposes to weed out racial bias when social workers weighing allegations of abuse and neglect decide whether to remove a child from their parents.


Tiffany Haddish Launches Internship Program for Foster Youth Interested in Showbiz

Actor and comedian Tiffany Haddish has launched a program for current and former California foster youth to receive paid internships in media, arts and entertainment. Haddish’s She Ready Productions, in partnership with the nonprofit Ready to Succeed, will provide the youth selected with training, mentorship and networking possibilities.


Deaths from COVID-19 Shake Up Colleagues in Los Angeles Child Welfare Agency

Margie Roman with her granddaughter Jessica. Photo courtesy Jessica Roman
Like many families served by the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services, Margie Roman — a longtime employee of the child welfare agency — stepped up to help raise two granddaughters when the girls needed a stable home.


    Historic Board Vote Transforms Policing in Los Angeles Schools

    Activists swarmed the headquarters of the Los Angeles Unified School District last summer in an effort to defund the Los Angeles School Police Department. Photo: Jeremy Loudenback
    In a historic move, the Los Angeles Unified School District board voted Tuesday to transform its school police force, eliminating more than 100 positions and stationing the remaining officers off campus.


    Los Angeles Unified Explores Alternatives to School Police

    Protesters led by Students Deserve, a youth-led group representing LAUSD students, urged the school board to defund its school police department on June 23. Photo: Jeremy Loudenback
    More than half a year after voting to slash $25 million from its school police department, the Los Angeles Unified School District board will decide on Tuesday how to use that money to support Black students and promote safety on campus.


    Los Angeles County Expands Kinship Care Efforts

    Photo by Dominque Ross
    On Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted to expand a program that has helped drive kinship placements of children in its foster care system to nearly twice the national average.