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Research Shows the Impacts of Foster Care Plus the Experience of an Incarcerated Parent

11/22/2022

Research Shows the Impacts of Foster Care Plus the Experience of an Incarcerated Parent

New University of Minnesota research examines the mental health toll on children with an incarcerated parent who have been in foster care.

A New Data Portal Will Track Outcomes for Transition-Age Foster Youth in California

10/4/2022

A New Data Portal Will Track Outcomes for Transition Age Foster Youth in California

California has a new tool for tracking and assessing newly public, anonymous data about the outcomes for youth aging out of foster care.

9/20/2022

Results in Social Worker Exams Reveal Stark Racial Disparities

New data shows racial disparities in who passes the standardized test to become a licensed social worker in the U.S.

Prescribing Antipsychotic Drugs to California Foster Youth Declines Dramatically

9/11/2022

Prescribing Antipsychotic Drugs to California Foster Youth Declines Dramatically

Mary Watson, a former Alameda County foster youth who was prescribed psychotropics, in her home in San Leandro, California. Photo by Dai Sugano for the Bay Area News Group.
They use the words “zombie,” “a blob” and “drunk” when describing what it felt like to be a kid in foster care, prescribed mind-numbing psychiatric drugs to overcome childhood trauma. 

First-of-its-kind Survey Examines Trauma and Healing Among Indigenous Survivors of Family Separation

8/29/2022

First-of-its-kind Survey Examines Trauma and Healing Among Indigenous Survivors of Family Separation

Researchers in Minnesota are collaborating on a survey of Indigenous survivors of family separation to document the abuse and participants' ways of coping.

6/6/2022

Assessing Foster Care from Within

On this week’s episode, we discuss a scary error in California’s abuse registry process, more on state efforts to end gender-affirming care for youth, Louisiana’s “Lower the Age” bill and a new ombuds office for youth in foster care in Ohio.

Podcast

    5/23/2022

    New Numbers on Broken Adoption and Child Maltreatment Registries

    On this week’s podcast we discuss the recent series and data reporting by USA Today on youth who experience adoption from foster care and return to the system, the recent federal investigation on America’s use of Indian boarding schools; and news on lawsuits in Alaska and Indiana.

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    The child welfare field is still pondering the impacts.

    3/17/2022

    Use of Foster Care Went Down During the First Pandemic Year. Did Maltreatment?

    Nationwide, foster care numbers dropped in the first months of the pandemic, but the child welfare field is still pondering the impacts.

    Study of Bay Area Restorative Justice Program Reveals Promise for Juveniles Who Commit Serious Crimes

    3/7/2022

    Study of Bay Area Restorative Justice Program Reveals Promise for Juveniles Who Commit Serious Crimes

    A scientific study based in San Francisco shows positive outcomes for youth who participate in restorative justice programs after they've committed serious crimes.