News Briefs


Audit Spots Big Problems With Protecting Rights of LGBTQ Youth in Illinois’ Care

Four years after the Illinois formally committed to honoring the rights of LGBTQ youth in its care, an audit released this month found little evidence that it lived up to its initial promises.


LGBTQ, Foster Youth Groups Hail Biden Administration Stance on Discrimination Lawsuit
Photo Credit: William Murphy/Flickr

Advocates for foster youth and LGBTQ rights on Wednesday applauded a strong signal from the Biden administration that it will withdraw a last-minute proposal from the Trump team that would allow taxpayer-funded grantees to deny essential services to foster youth and other groups on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, religion and other characteristics.


Federal Judge OKs Suit on Behalf of Behaviorally Disabled Students in Oregon

A federal judge has greenlighted legal advocates’ lawsuit seeking to represent all of Oregon’s behaviorally disabled schoolchildren who have allegedly been illegally deprived of their right to full-time schooling.

Based on expert testimony presented by the plaintiffs, the case suggests a pattern of local public education agencies sending hundreds or thousands of students with behavioral health problems home early from school, Judge Ann Aiken ruled in U.S.


Missouri House Moves Deductions, Credits for Foster and Adoptive Parents
State Rep. Hannah Kelly (R). Photo: Facebook

The Missouri House of Representatives unanimously passed two bills on Jan. 27 that would increase financial support for foster and adoptive parents. Now, they await approval by the Senate.


‘Black Foster Youth Handbook’ Author Nominated for NAACP Image Award

Former foster youth Ángela Quijada-Banks, author of “The Black Foster Youth Handbook” has been nominated for the NAACP’s Image Award in the category of Outstanding Literary Work-Instructional, along with the works of four other distinguished writers. 


Common Tax Credit Associated With Lower Maltreatment Reports
Photo: University of Washington

The government’s largest antipoverty program does more than simply make it easier for families to make ends meet. Known as the earned income tax credit, it also results in a significant drop in reported child maltreatment, according to a new federally funded study by researchers from the University of Washington.


Governor Shakes Up Guam’s Child Protection Services, Citing ‘Emergency’
Guam’s governor has placed the territory’s child protective system under a state of emergency. Photo: Facebook

Guam Gov. Lou Leno Guerrero has ordered a shakeup of the island territory’s Child Protective Services in the wake of a data review that pointed to systemic problems that have led to a failure to identify and root out “serious and significant instances of child abuse, maltreatment, and neglect,” according to news reports.


Biden Takes Steps to Ease Food Insecurity Pronto
Illustration by Christine Ongjoco.

Moving swiftly to address a growing hunger crisis, the Biden administration on Friday announced several new efforts to put more for on the tables of Americans who’ve been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.


New York City Releases Long-Delayed Plan to Help Youth, Young Adults

Youth and young adults who are having a rough time overcoming the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic are targeted for help under a set of long-awaited initiatives announced this week by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.