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California Creates College Savings Accounts for Newborns, Low-income Students

8/23/2022

California Creates College Savings Accounts for Newborns, Low-income Students

Earlier this month, California launched a program to kickstart college savings accounts for millions of children.

Judges in “Kids for Cash” Scandal Must Compensate Families, Court Decides

8/19/2022

Judges in “Kids for Cash” Scandal Must Compensate Families

Two former judges were ordered to pay $206 million to hundreds of families whose children were victimized by their scheme to send kids to for-profit jails to receive kickbacks.

Annual Child Well-Being Data Book Highlights Mental Health

8/17/2022

Annual Child Well-Being Data Book Highlights Mental Health

The new KIDS COUNT Data Book shows that young Americans faced significant mental health challenges even before the COVID-19 pandemic.

8/15/2022

Alaska State Law Codifies Child Welfare Protections for Indigenous Families

A new state law that took effect August 5 in Alaska aims to “address and improve deep structural inequities” in the state’s child welfare system — protecting residents should broader federal protections be overturned by a pending Supreme Court case.

North Dakota flag, with an eagle carrying a snake in its mouth and a banner reading "North Dakota" underneath.

8/10/2022

North Dakota Launches Team to Divert Children from Incarceration and Foster Care

A North Dakota program to steer children away from the criminal justice and foster care systems launched this month. 

Foster Youth Interning in Congress Want Laws Improving Health Care, Greater Access to Benefits

7/21/2022

Foster Youth Interning in Congress Envision Laws Improving Health Care, Greater Access to Benefits

Interns with the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute presented their policy recommendations to members of Congress and their staff.

    Study Finds Maternal Mortality Rate Climbed Early in the Pandemic

    7/18/2022

    Study Finds Maternal Mortality Rate Climbed Early in the Pandemic

    After the onset of COVID-19 in March 2020, maternal mortality in the U.S. increased by about one-third, according to a recent study.

    Foster family coloring, with young child on the left and parent on the right.

    7/7/2022

    New Grant Will Promote Equity in Early Childhood Programs in Washington

    A new grant in Washington is accepting applications for funding for parent support, early learning and early childhood programs that advance cultural inclusivity.

    Federal Court of Canada Approves Class-Action Lawsuit for ‘Millennium Scoop’

    7/5/2022

    Federal Court of Canada Certifies Class-Action Lawsuit for ‘Millennium Scoop’

    In Canada, a federal court judged approved a class-action lawsuit encompassing Indigenous people forcibly sent to Indian boarding schools from 1992 to 2020, and their descendants.