Congressional Watchdog Says Feds Should Be More Proactive on Kinship Care
Relative caregivers are parenting 2.7 million American children in kinship care. This group of caregivers often goes without critical support that is available, sometimes to the detriment of their own well-being, according to a new audit by the congressional watchdog agency.
House Bill Puts Up $2 Billion in Emergency Funds for Family, Youth Homelessness
Late last week, a bipartisan group of House legislators introduced a bill that would supply $2 billion to states for help in preventing youth or family homelessness during the coronavirus pandemic.
House Introduces Its Child Welfare Stimulus Package
The House Ways and Means Committee dropped a bipartisan bill today that would prevent youth from aging out of foster care during the coronavirus pandemic and provide additional federal cash to state child welfare agencies.
National Youth Mentoring Model Faces Rigorous Final Test
A federal grant will allow for the completion of a major study on the effect of long-term professional mentoring on at-risk youth.
Every single one of the 5- and 6-year-old kids in the study faced multiple daunting obstacles before they met their “friends” – the full-time professional mentors supplied by the nonprofit Friends of the Children – who have helped them navigate life’s inevitable challenges for at least the next 12 years.
As Hotline Calls Plummeted, Michigan Did Some Dialing of Its Own
It is safe to say that without the benefit of hindsight, no child welfare agency got it totally right in responding to the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. But Michigan child welfare director, JooYeun Chang, said that an unrelated assessment of her agency, finished months before the virus hit our shores, was fortuitous in helping to shape a creative response to COVID-19.
Recommendation to Check Abuse Reports with Medicaid Based on Questionable Analysis
Last month, an inspector general report out of the Department of Health and Human Services recommended that Medicaid data can be used “to identify instances of potential child abuse or neglect.”
Point Source Youth to Expand Footprint in Fight Against Youth Homelessness
Point Source Youth, a nonprofit that helps local partners in 30 communities fight to prevent youth homelessness, is preparing to meet a key organizational goal by expanding its work into 20 more communities across the country.
Michigan Case Shines Light on Practice Almost Banned Under Federal Law
After Jodi Cohen’s excellent reporting this week, the Michigan Supreme Court will review a case in which a teenager from Oakland County was detained for not taking her virtual learning seriously during the pandemic.
Amid Pandemic, Federal Guidance Has Been No ‘Wholesale Release’ of Juveniles
Last week, Youth Services Insider looked at the fresh round of numbers from the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s juvenile detention surveys, which found that during the coronavirus pandemic, admissions to those facilities continue to be low while releases from them have slowed considerably.
Juvenile Detention: Fewer Coming In or Out As Pandemic Continues
The Annie E. Casey Foundation continues to supply a macro-level look at how the use of juvenile detention has changed during the coronavirus pandemic. Its most recent release of data today shows two trends in May that could portend a more dramatic shift next month.