News Briefs


State, L.A. Agree on Plan to Improve Conditions of Juvenile Detention

More than two years after the California Department of Justice launched an investigation into deficient and inhumane conditions in Los Angeles County’s juvenile detention facilities, the county and its school district settled on plans to clean up the problems over the next four years.


Poll Seeks Input From Foster and Kinship Families About Pandemic Impacts

As we approach one year of living with the coronavirus pandemic, we want to hear from foster and kinship families about how the global health crisis has transformed their lives.

Our editorial team has designed a short, anonymous survey for caregivers of youth currently in foster care.


Report Ranks New York State Counties by Family and Child Well-Being

From the teeming high-rise tenements of New York City’s Bronx County to the sparsely populated hamlets of rural Yates County, before the pandemic, more than 800,000 of the Empire State’s children were living in poverty and over 900,000 households were struggling to keep a roof over their heads, according to a new report.


Pediatricians Group Deems Trump’s Border Policy of Family Separation ‘Torture’

The influential American Academy of Pediatrics has added to growing pressure on the incoming Biden administration to reverse the practice of separating children from their asylum-seeking parents at the Mexican border set by President Donald Trump, concurring with other prominent groups that the practice amounted to torture under international standards.


Bill Would Raise Age of Criminal Responsibility to 18 in Texas
State Rep. Harold Dutton (D) has introduced a bill that would include 17-year-olds in the juvenile justice system.

Texas is one of the last states to treat all 17-year-olds as adults in the eyes of the law.


Study Finds ‘Devastating’ Pandemic-Era Effects on Former Foster Youth

The first few months of the coronavirus pandemic took a significant toll on the well-being of former foster youth, according to a new survey that researchers said points to the need to address those effects in the medium and long term. 


Punitive Youth Justice Still Ignores Science in America, Report Says

Although the population of youth locked up in America plunged by two-thirds between 2000 and 2018, the country stubbornly continues to lead the world with its rate of 60 per 100,000, according to a new report.


Kids Count Survey Paints Grim Picture as Congress Works on Deadline

Even before the novel coronavirus gripped the United States last March, about 12 million American kids were living in poverty and 4.4 million had no health insurance. But at least things had been gradually improving in some ways since the Great Recession.


Foster Youth Film Channel Launches on IndieFlix Streaming Channel
Participants in Kids in the Spotlight film a scene. Photo courtesy of KITS

Los Angeles County is home to some of the most famous, glamorous people in the world. It’s also home to thousands of foster youth, some of the most traumatized, least visible of all.