LGBTQ Foster Youth in New York City: Strong in Numbers, Struggling in Care

Credit: New York City Administration for Children’s Services 
LGBTQ youth represent more than one-third of those in New York City’s foster care system, a higher share than previously understood, according to a first-of-its-kind survey released this week by the city’s child welfare agency. 


More Than 12,000 California Youth are Homeless. What’s Being Done to Change That?

On any given night in 2018, 159,911 youth younger than 25 across the country were homeless — 36,361 of them on their own. One-third of them were in California. As the homeless youth population declines nationwide, California remains the state with the highest population of people experiencing homelessness overall and the highest number of unaccompanied homeless youth, according to the 2018 Annual Homeless Assessment from the U.S.


Report: Majority of LGBTQ Youth Report Being Bullied or Harassed

Youth who identify as LGBTQ are very likely to be bullied, teased or rejected because of their status, according to a recent report by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). HRC and the University of Connecticut conducted a survey of more 12,000 LGBTQ youth from all 50 states and Washington, D.C. 


Report: Trump’s Immigration Policies are Keeping Kids from Accessing Healthcare and Going to School

The Trump Administration’s “anti-immigrant sentiment” is engendering heightened levels of stress and anxiety among children of immigrant families and is keeping kids from accessing healthcare and attending school, according to a new report from the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP).


Report: Increased Deportations Could Put More Kids in Foster Care

The immigration policy changes made thus far by the Trump Administration may, in some states, fuel a surge in the number of children who enter foster care, according to a new report from the Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC).


Report: RAND Predicts Greater Investment in Prevention and Kinship Care Would Make Child Welfare Better — and Save Money

Policymakers could improve outcomes for children and youth in foster care and save money at the same time by both increasing and improving child maltreatment prevention programs and kinship care, according to a new report from the RAND Corporation released last month.


    Report: Anti-LGBTQ Laws Across the U.S. Hamper a Huge, Untapped Pool of Prospective Adoptive and Foster Parents

    Since the U.S. legalized same-sex marriage in 2015, several states have passed laws allowing publicly funded child welfare organizations to exclude millions of LGBTQ adults as potential foster parents. This, combined with a Trump administration executive order on religious liberty, is cause for concern over the future of child welfare programs, according to a new policy brief from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC).


    Report: High Stress and Low Pay Are Biggest Concerns for California’s Child Welfare Workforce

    SOURCE: California Child Welfare Co-Investment Partnership SUBJECT: Child Welfare Workforce TYPE: Child Welfare YEAR PRODUCED: 2017 A new report takes a closer look at California’s struggle to recruit and maintain an adequate and diverse child welfare workforce.


    Report Finds Youth Homelessness on the Rise, Asks Congress for Help

    A national study conducted by researchers at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago found that one in 10 young adults between the ages of 18 and 25 experienced some kind of homelessness over the past year.