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Texas Freeze Shows Danger of Small Networks for Former Foster Youth
For many Texans, their family, friends and neighbors came through during this month’s winter storms and the catastrophes that followed. These were support systems that literally saved lives and provided comfort and light in dark moments.
The Lawyer Illusion in Child Welfare Court
What Child Welfare Can Learn from ‘Rewiring’
Fifteen months ago, we set out to test a proposition: That with a modest injection of flexible prevention money, and thoughtful approaches to rethinking some decision-making, we could turn a child welfare system into a family well-being system.
A Return to The ‘Use of Self’
In the world of family support and prevention programming, we are hearing a great deal about the inclusion of people with lived experiences. It has appeared on our radar screens as if it is a new concept or an innovation unique to this moment.
America Must Change Its View of Poverty and Neglect
The child welfare system plays a conflicted role in our society’s history. It exists in a world of competing values and basic societal assumptions. Was it developed as a way to “save” children from abuse and neglect or as a means to “control families?”
Staying The Course for Families
As a child welfare social worker for a few decades now, serving as the leader of the U.S.
If Adoption and Safe Families Act Can’t Be Repealed, Here’s How to At Least Make it Better
A new memorandum from the federal government’s top child welfare leaders argues that the field has been getting one of its most important goals — permanency — all wrong. After examining the latest research — including new analyses of federal data conducted by the U.S.
Raising Our Standards by Raising the Minimum Age
As a public defender working in Greensboro, North Carolina, I had hundreds of clients over the years. While some of the oldest clients I had were riddled with health issues and long histories of mental illness, some of my youngest clients hardly even knew what was going on.
Foster Youth Deserve a Seat at the Table
I have been in foster care since I was 16. In that time, I have served as a “youth voice” on youth advisory boards (YABs) for among others, my agency, Heartshare St.