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On Child Welfare Tech, Change is Scary But Necessary

1/24/2022

On Child Welfare Tech, Change is Hard But Necessary

In child welfare, there are opportunities to work smarter through technology — if we're willing to give up our workarounds, writes Molly Tierney.

Lael E.H. Chester is director of the Emerging Adult Justice Project at Columbia University’s Justice Lab

1/20/2022

New Responses Emerge on 18- to 25-Year Olds Who Commit Crimes

The field of emerging adult justice is new in the U.S. but the research that informs this field is well-established, write the authors.

1/12/2022

Kids in Foster Care Belong in Families, Not Modern Day Orphanages

When it comes to the use of institutions and group homes, writes Cheri Williams, the system charged with “rehabilitating ineffective parents” has become an ineffective parent.

A Court Reminds Us of the Obvious: Probable Cause Counts in Child Welfare Cases, Too

1/10/2022

A Court Reminds Us of the Obvious: Probable Cause Counts in Child Welfare Cases, Too

Kudos to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court for siding with parents' Fourth Amendment rights in child welfare cases, writes Vivek Sankaran.

Jacksonville Shows the Full Potential of Family Resource Centers

1/3/2022

Three Conversations Every Child Welfare System Should Have to Start 2022

Paul DiLorenzo describes three conversations that child welfare leaders in every state should be having as 2022 begins.

Setting an Equity Minded Policy Agenda for People who Experienced Foster Care

12/27/2021

Unpacking How Higher Education Infantilizes Foster Youth

Let' not create foster care 2.0 on a college campus by preemptively knighting ourselves as their guardians.

Before Labeling Children as “Delinquent,” Consider Their Pasts

12/15/2021

Before Labeling Children as “Delinquent,” Consider Their Pasts

The juvenile justice system targets youth of color in foster care with labels like “delinquent” without knowing their full histories, writes Lino Peña-Martinez.

Jacksonville Shows the Full Potential of Family Resource Centers

12/8/2021

Is ‘Feel Good’ Really Such a Bad Thing?

In Jacksonville, Florida, Family Support Services' solid reputation, attention to the detail of building relationships, and its plan for a new Family Resource Center make it likely to be a success, writes Paul DiLorenzo.

A Court Reminds Us of the Obvious: Probable Cause Counts in Child Welfare Cases, Too

12/6/2021

Get Kids with Kin, and Quickly

Research tells us that children in foster care fare much better when living with their family, but too often, there are barriers to kin placement, writes Vivek Sankaran.