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1/4/2021

Study Finds ‘Devastating’ Pandemic-Era Effects on Former Foster Youth

The first few months of the coronavirus pandemic took a significant toll on the well-being of former foster youth, according to a new survey that researchers said points to the need to address those effects in the medium and long term. 

12/27/2020

Punitive Youth Justice Still Ignores Science in America, Report Says

Although the population of youth locked up in America plunged by two-thirds between 2000 and 2018, the country stubbornly continues to lead the world with its rate of 60 per 100,000, according to a new report.

exploitation

11/27/2020

Los Angeles Shares Model for Fighting Sex Trafficking of Minors

In 1996, about 1,000 delegates from 130 nations gathered in Stockholm to finally get serious about a global effort to curb a problem to which it had long turned a blind eye: the commercial sexual exploitation of children.

Youth Services Insider

11/10/2020

Who Cares 2020: Executive Summary

Newly released data compiled and analyzed for “Who Cares: A National Count of Foster Homes and Families” finds the number of foster youth in America continues to drop, but the percentage of them who are not identified as white appears to be growing.

10/20/2020

The Complicity of Academia in Policing of Families

Academia is a space for immense learning and knowledge building. It is a place where ideas are crafted into resolutions for some of the world’s greatest concerns. Yet, because of its potential to do good, we often overlook academia’s complicity and collaboration in harmful research projects and practices.  

10/18/2020

PPE Shortage was Child Welfare Workers’ Biggest Need in Early Weeks of Pandemic

Adding to the growing wave of research emerging from the early days of the novel coronavirus, the results of a survey of professionals in justice and child welfare agencies show that, like health care workers, they faced a harrowing shortage of masks, gloves and other personal protective equipment.

10/5/2020

The Research Doesn’t Support Child Welfare Abolition

Current calls to eliminate all elements of structural racism in the United States include proposals to abolish child welfare services. Alan Dettlaff and Kristen Weber, in an op-ed published by The Imprint this summer, based their abolition argument on the idea that “the child welfare system causes harm to Black children and we have known this for decades.” 

9/24/2020

Survey Finds Black and Native Foster Youth Bearing the Brunt of Coronavirus in Minnesota

More than 80% of Minnesota current or former foster youth have been negatively impacted by COVID-19, and the fallout has been disproportionately borne by African Americans and American Indians, according to a report released today by the Foster Advocates, a St.

9/20/2020

We Shouldn’t Rely on Child Protective Services To Address Family Adversity
Researcher Kelley Fong, Georgia Tech University

For many parents, it’s their worst fear: a knock on the door from a state social worker with the power to take their children. With 1 in 3 children nationwide experiencing a Child Protective Services (CPS) investigation during childhood following a report of child maltreatment, this experience is all too common for U.S.