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Chapin Hall Study Finds Lack of Support for Foster Youth in Community College

1/11/2022

Chapin Hall Study Finds Lack of Support for Foster Youth in Community College

A new study of young people who have been in foster care and are enrolled at community colleges in Illinois paints a dismal picture of their educational success.

JMacForFamilies Offers Internship Opportunities

1/10/2022

JMacForFamilies Offers Support, Skill-Building to Selected Current, Former Foster Youth

JMacForFamilies is soliciting applicants for its spring internship program, which trains promising young people with lived experience in the child welfare system in the skills to help advance themselves and their community.

Child Welfare Investigator Fatally Stabbed in Illinois Home Visit

1/10/2022

Child Welfare Investigator Fatally Stabbed in Illinois Home Visit

A child welfare worker with two children of her own was fatally stabbed inside an Illinois home while investigating a report.

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Issues Landmark Ruling for Mom in Child Welfare Case

1/7/2022

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Issues Landmark Ruling in Child Welfare Case

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that child welfare agencies must have probable cause to search a parent's home amid anonymous allegations.

Supreme Court Set to Decide Whether to Take Up Indian Child Welfare Case

1/6/2022

Supreme Court Set to Decide Whether to Take Up Indian Child Welfare Case

The U.S. Supreme Court could decide by the end of the week whether to take up a case involving the rights of Indigenous tribes and families in child welfare cases — an area of law that was thrown into confusion when a federal appeals court invalidated several provisions of the Indian Child Welfare Act, or ICWA.

Canada Settles Suit in First Nations Child Welfare

1/5/2022

Historic $31.5 Billion Settlement to End First Nations Suits Against the Child Welfare System in Canada

Canada has reached a historic tentative agreement with Indigenous people to compensate them for mistreatment by the child welfare system.

Family Settles Suit Against Michigan Youth Lockup Where Staff Killed Teen

1/4/2022

Family Settles Suit Against Michigan Youth Facility Where Staff Killed Teen

The family of a 16-year-old Michigan boy who died at the hands of staff members at a youth facility has settled in a wrongful death suit.

Justice Department: Youths’ Constitutional Rights Violated at Connecticut-run Lockup

1/3/2022

Justice Department: Youths’ Constitutional Rights Violated at Connecticut-run Lockup

A two-year federal probe has uncovered evidence that residents of a state-run juvenile lockup in Connecticut were improperly punished with solitary confinement and systematically deprived of mental health services and schooling.

With Influx of Federal Funding, New York Aims to Expand Foster Care Prevention

12/23/2021

Legal Settlement: New York Foster Parents Poised for Big Increase in Support Payments

New York state foster parents are in line for a major increase in support payments under the terms of a settlement announced in an 11-year-old legal battle in federal court. The agreement means foster parents in New York City, Long Island and Westchester County could see a hike of at least 46% in the basic monthly reimbursement they receive for rearing foster children, which covers such expenses as food, clothing and shelter, as well as supervision during out-of-school hours, travel for family visits and school supplies.