News Briefs


Calling for ‘Love’ not ‘Hate,’ Minnesota Governor Declares His State a Refuge for Trans Youth

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz (DFL) signed an executive order today making his state a refuge for trans youth from across the country who require gender-affirming health care.


Florida Child Welfare Wants to Retake Control of Abuse and Neglect Investigations from Law Enforcement

Florida child welfare officials want to end the practice of sheriff’s offices conducting child welfare investigations in parts of the state. 


Temporary Pandemic Relief Programs Slashed Child Poverty in NYC, Report Finds

A new report has revealed that temporary pandemic relief programs brought child poverty to a historic low of 15% in New York City. 

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Arizona Bill Would Strengthen Kinship Care and Bolster Youth Rights

A new bill in Arizona would prioritize placing foster youth with kin and strengthen the rights afforded to youth in foster care. 


California County to Repay Families for Illegal Juvenile Justice Fees

More than 1,000 California families will receive reimbursements for illegal fees they paid to Riverside County’s juvenile justice system.


Utah ICWA Bill Held in Committee, But Could be Revisited Later in Session 

A Utah bill to create a state version of the Indian Child Welfare Act has been held in the House Judiciary Committee, but may be revisited. 

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    North Dakota Introduces State ICWA Bill

    North Dakota is the latest in a list of states considering legislation to create a state version of the federal Indian Child Welfare Act. 


    Native Montana Lawmakers Call on State to Recognize Traumatic History of Indian Boarding Schools

    A state senator with firsthand experience in American Indian boarding schools has introduced a joint resolution calling on the state legislature to recognize the history of these institutions and the trauma they caused generations of Indigenous people. 


    Washington State Launches New Caregiver Portal

    Washington state’s new caregiver portal
    Prospective and existing foster caregivers in Washington state can now submit application and renewal forms through a new online portal aimed at streamlining the process.  Launched in early January, the portal is part of the Department of Children, Youth, and Families’ efforts to “increase and diversify the population of licensed and kinship caregivers, group care facilities, and Child Placing Agencies.”