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Olympic Gymnast Simone Biles.

7/28/2021

Simone Biles: You Can Be Strong and Choose Rest

Simone Biles is a champion for liberation through her public acceptance and acknowledgement of her need for rest, which is an inevitably radical act of resistance, writes Ivory Bennett.

My relentless pursuit of education while in foster care led me away from any path toward myself, writes Youth Voice author Shay House.

7/22/2021

How the Child Welfare System Made Me Prioritize Education Over Myself

My relentless pursuit of education while in foster care led me away from any path toward myself, writes Youth Voice author Shay House.

7/12/2021

Supreme Court Casts Hopeful Vision for a Divided Nation

For many commentators, Fulton v. City of Philadelphia seemed merely another salvo in our country’s unceasing culture wars — a zero-sum conflict in which only one side can win. I’d argue just the opposite. In a moment when society seems to be pul

Lael E.H. Chester

7/8/2021

Emerging Adults Need a Justice System Guided by Facts

The legal system must be guided by data and facts. Too often, our justice policy decisions are driven by a gut instinct to punish, writes Lael E.H. Chester.

Vivek Sankaran.

7/1/2021

Changing the Child Welfare System Starts With Reframing Our View of Families

While conversations about statutory reforms in child welfare are important and will hopefully result in meaningful change, questions linger.

Paul DiLorenzo writes that family support needs to go beyond regimented solutions.

6/28/2021

To Support Families, We Must Look Beyond Regimented Solutions

Family support programs go beyond the practice of serving one family at a time. There are multiple moving parts. Our effectiveness lies in the broader engagement of our neighbors. The model’s elegance is in collective action and connectivity of child, family and community.

Foster Care Attorney and Foster Parent Jay Paul Deratany

6/23/2021

I’m a Foster Care Attorney and a Gay Man Fostering a Child With My Husband. Here’s What SCOTUS Got Wrong Last Week

My work as an attorney helped my husband and me realize that the foster care system needs as many stable, compassionate people as it can get to become foster parents, writes Jay Paul Deratany.

After California closes youth prisons, it should invest in building youth leaders.

6/21/2021

It’s On All of Us: Close Youth Prisons, Build Youth Leaders

As California moves to close its youth prisons, it should invest in building youth leaders, writes Katarina Sayally.

Rebecca Masterson writes we need more words than "neglect" in child welfare.

6/16/2021

We Need More Words Than “Neglect”

Matthew Ponomarenko dropped his naked one-year-old son, Jax, in the middle of a highway. Fueled by PCP and crystal meth, Matthew chased after cars, screaming at the drivers as they drove by.