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Advocating for Yourself Starts with Exploring Your Resources
Writer Tatiana Lemire offers practical advice on resources as well as encouragement for foster youth interested in pursuing college.
Lessons from Ma’Khia Bryant’s Death: Better Housing Policy and Kinship Care Aid Can Save our Children
Sweet 16. It’s an age when many teens revel in the thought of getting a driver’s license, going to the prom or landing a first job, all sweet rites of passage that launch them into a new world of emerging independence.
Expand Support for Families, But Not Inside the Child Welfare System
New York City should invest in support for families, but Black and brown parents have opposed programs overseen by the child welfare system.
The ‘Gold Standard’ of Juvenile Detention Reform Shows There’s Still Work to be Done
Racial and ethnic disparities in juvenile detention are not unique to Cook County, but data validate the need for new approaches.
Ma’Khia Bryant’s Story Reveals Flaws in Foster Care System
Ma'Khia Bryant's death is a reminder to the child welfare system: Before placing children with strangers, we must exhaust all other options.
For Child Welfare Systems, One Simple Key to Community Engagement: Ask, Then Listen
As a part of their efforts to engage families, many child welfare agencies sponsor community events. These happenings are designed to build social capital, to provide an opportunity for residents and stakeholders to meet each other and to create a network of supportive relationships.
Why We Need To Shift the Power in Sexual Assault Investigations
Louise Godbold of Echo Training argues that any effort to make the process trauma-informed must be be led by survivors of abuse
Young, Gifted, & Black
Sade Daniels presents her poem Young, Black & Gifted, an artistic critique of the present treatment of Black girls in American foster care
The Privilege of Innocence: Ma’Khia Bryant and The Adultification of Black Girls in Foster Care
There is no perfect way to be a child in foster care. As a 30-year-old Black woman and foster youth alumni, I reflect daily on my decisions as a traumatized youth in care and the grace that was not always granted to me.