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Biden Team Reverses Trump Rule on Foster Placement

11/30/2021

Biden Team Reverses Trump Rule on Faith-Based Discrimination in Foster Placement

The Biden administration has revoked a Trump-era waiver that exempted federally funded foster care providers from following nondiscrimination rules.

Virtual Home Visits Likely ‘Here to Stay’ After Pandemic Fades, Survey Says

11/23/2021

Virtual Home Visits Likely ‘Here to Stay’ After Pandemic Fades, Survey Finds

People in the child welfare field, like folks in virtually all occupations, are still trying to figure out exactly what the “new normal” will look like when (and if) COVID-19 fades to a lower-level public health concern.

UNICEF Calls for End to Juvenile Detention as Global Justice Congress Gets Underway

11/19/2021

UNICEF Calls for End to Juvenile Detention

One of the world’s best-known social welfare organizations, UNICEF, released two reports to make the case for nations to stop incarcerating children.

Delaware to Offer Free State College to Former Foster Youth

11/17/2021

Delaware to Offer Free State College to Former Foster Youth

Beginning next spring, some Delaware students who were previously in foster care will have access to cost-free college.

Campaign Pushes for Children and Parents’ Right to Counsel

11/11/2021

Campaign Pushes for Children and Parents’ Right to Quality Legal Counsel

A campaign is underway to extend the right to an attorney to children and parents nationwide caught up in the child welfare system.

Juvenile Justice Realignment Lawsuit: California County Violating State’s Open Government Law

11/10/2021

Juvenile Justice Realignment Lawsuit: California County Violating State’s Open Government Law

Legal advocates for California’s juvenile justice-involved youth have filed a lawsuit against Fresno County for not welcoming public input in developing local plans for youth justice.

Dave Thomas Foundation Names Top Adoption-Friendly Workplaces for 2021

11/9/2021

Dave Thomas Foundation Names Top Adoption-Friendly Workplaces for 2021

The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption has again ranked the 100 American employers that best support workers who are adoptive parents.

States Urge Supreme Court to Validate Indian Child Welfare Act

11/8/2021

Led by California Attorney General, 25 States Urge Supreme Court to Validate Indian Child Welfare Act

Last month, 25 states urged the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold the constitutionality of the Indian Child Welfare Act, which was signed into law 43 years ago this week.

Florida

11/4/2021

Florida Confirms Abuse Allegations Against Some Foster Parents

The child welfare agency in Florida is changing how it responds to allegations of abuse against foster caregivers, following a news investigation in March.