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‘There’s No Magic in Turning 21:’ New York Legislators Are the Last Hope for Young Adults in Foster Care
After earlier pleas to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) went unanswered, advocates for young adults in foster care are urging support for legislation that would extend housing and financial support beyond the current age limit of 21 during the coronavirus pandemic.
Texas Failing To Keep Youth in Foster Care Safe
In December 2015, a federal judge ruled that Texas was violating the rights of children in long-term care of the state by subjecting them to abuse, overmedication and repeated placement moves.
State Lawmakers Race the Clock to Prevent Hundreds of Foster Youth from Aging Out Alone
With dozens of foster youth reaching their 21st birthday each week and job prospects still bleak, state legislators in New York and California advocates have introduced bills that would preserve young people’s access to essential support throughout the public health and economic crisis.
California Legislators Restore Child Welfare Cut as Budget Battle Looms
With California still officially entering a recession Monday and coronavirus infections continuing to multiply, the state Legislature released a budget that would restore more than $90 million in previously proposed cuts to child welfare services, setting up a showdown between lawmakers and Gov.
Democrats Seek Answers From Justice Department on Juvenile Detainees Amid Virus Crisis
A group of Democratic senators wants to know what, if anything, the Trump administration has done to help state and local juvenile justice agencies comply with basic standards of care for youth locked up amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Bill to Prevent California Foster Youth From Aging Out During Pandemic Moves Forward
California legislation that would have permanently extended foster care payments and housing benefits to young adults through age 25 has now been scaled back to a short-term support plan triggered by a state of emergency such as the current coronavirus pandemic.
New California Budget Includes $90.5 Million in Cuts to Child Welfare Services
Facing an historic economic crisis triggered by the coronavirus pandemic, California Gov. Gavin Newsom presented a revised state budget Thursday that reflected deep cuts from the original draft released in January.
Ohio Will Cover Cost to Keep Youth from Aging Out of Foster Care Amid Pandemic
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) announced on Twitter today that the state will prevent hundreds of youth from exiting the foster care system during the coronavirus outbreak.
“These changes will ensure that no child leaves care during this pandemic without a safe place to call home,” the governor tweeted.
California Rolls Out Plan to Prevent Youth from Aging Out of Foster Care During Pandemic
Last week, Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) announced the state would prevent foster youth from aging out of the system during the pandemic. This week, the administration laid out the specifics of his order.
California Considers Extending Foster Care Supports for Youth Following Advocates’ Appeal for COVID-19 Relief
In an urgent appeal to the governor and the California state legislature on behalf of the state’s 60,000 children and young adults in foster care, a group of leading advocates is calling for sweeping new measures to ward off devastating impacts from the spread of coronavirus.