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12/2/2021

The New Year’s Cliff for California Foster Care Requires a Community Solution

On New Year's Day, Serita Cox of iFoster writes, thousands of older youth in California foster care will age out the system. The community must come together to help.

What it Takes to Ensure Quality Congregate Care

11/30/2021

What it Takes to Ensure Quality Congregate Care

We need to develop an approach for federal oversight that ensures quality congregate care, and does not become an exercise in additional administrative burden, writes Jody Levison-Johnson.

11/22/2021

The Holidays Aren’t Always a Celebration. It’s Much More Complicated for Foster Youth

I was driving through my neighborhood recently, and saw someone hanging up Christmas lights. I said to myself, “It’s not even Halloween, yet.” It was barely October and I was already growing tired and in some ways beginning to resent the holiday season. 

Jacksonville Shows the Full Potential of Family Resource Centers

11/10/2021

Absolutes Hurt the Conversation on Bettering Child Welfare

Child welfare is complex and professionals who write about the field should focus on substance over blame, writes Paul DiLorenzo.

11/9/2021

Snapshots From the Life in the Foster Care System

Youth Voice partnered with Foster Advocates, an organization in Minnesota dedicated to fostering advocacy, policy change and organizing with and for Fosters statewide. Their 2021 Fellows share their experiences in the foster care system.

California must provide resources, support for youth in crisis

11/4/2021

California Must Provide Resources, Support for Youth in Crisis

County child welfare leaders and social workers in California are stymied by a lack of tools to support foster youth, writes Cathy Senderling-McDonald.

Get Kids with Kin, And Quickly

11/1/2021

The Power of Asking Why

Observing court one day, I heard one of those remarks that should stun anyone within earshot. Testifying in the case being heard, in which a family separation was on the table, the caseworker remarked, “No, I didn’t make reasonable efforts to reunify because the mother was homeless and was living in a room in a shelter.”

End Aging Out of Foster Care

10/27/2021

End Aging Out of Foster Care

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress provided a critical lifeline to youth in foster care, including a moratorium on aging out of care. These measures should be permanent, writes Alex Chivescu.

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved Youth Justice Reimagined, but hasn't adequately invested in it.

10/13/2021

Los Angeles County Needs to Put the Money Behind its Motion to Help Justice-Involved Youth

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved Youth Justice Reimagined, but hasn't adequately invested in the new juvenile justice model.