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6/16/2020

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.

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6/11/2020

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.

6/8/2020

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.

5/29/2020

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.

5/19/2020

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.

5/14/2020

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. 

4/24/2020

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.

4/21/2020

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. 

3/27/2020

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.