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Study Finds Pandemic Has Placed An ‘Untold’ Toll on Young Adults’ Food, Housing Security
The coronavirus pandemic took an “alarming” toll on the food security, housing stability and mental health of millions of young people in the United States — especially among Black people and other people of color — according to a new study.
Maine Lawmakers Vote to Close Youth Prison
Maine lawmakers voted narrowly to close the state’s only juvenile prison, but it’s not clear the governor, a former prosecutor, will let it happen.
Watchdog Agency Looks Into ‘Borderline Abusive’ Treatment of Foster Care Youth
The watchdog agency that oversees Washington’s foster care system is launching an investigation into the Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families’ allegedly punitive treatment of hard-to-place foster youth, especially after hours.
Pandemic Kept Kids in Foster Care Longer, Records Show
The coronavirus pandemic coincided with major drops in foster care exits, reunifications and adoptions last year, according to an Associated Press analysis of child welfare records from 34 states. The global news cooperative’s analysis discovered that reunifications between parent and foster child fell by at least 8,700 between March and December of 2020, compared with the same period the year prior.
Juvenile Justice Chief Under Fire in South Carolina
The head of South Carolina’s Department of Juvenile Justice took a blow last week when the state Senate gave him a vote of no confidence.
Oregon House Sends Measure Recognizing Tribal Adoptions to Governor
Oregon lawmakers have voted to codify provisions of the federal Indian Child Welfare Act into state law and sent the bill to the desk of Democratic Gov. Kate Brown.
Michigan Remains Far Short of Child Welfare Reform Goals, Court Monitor Finds
More than a decade after a federal judge approved Michigan’s sweeping agreement to fix problems with its child welfare system, the court-appointed monitoring team reported multiple ongoing concerns about the safety of kids under state care.
Illinois on Cusp of Bias Training Requirement for Mandated Child Welfare Reporters
Illinois teachers and others who look after children in a nonparental role may soon have to be taught how to recognize and eliminate their own racial and ethnic biases as mandated reporters of potential child abuse and neglect.
New Texas Law Makes it Harder to Remove Kids From Parental Home
Child protective services officials in Texas can no longer remove a child from their family because a parent tested positive for cannabis.