Writer Lawrence Ball reflects on the impact the Independent Living Program had on his life.


Roses 4 the Independent Living Program (ILP)

Lawrence Ball writes about the impact of the Independent Living Program. Photo courtesy of Ball.
During high school, I did not know anyone else who was in foster care. It was something that I did not want to broadcast, because I felt like I was the only foster kid at the school.

Contributor Shay House writes that justice is Black people living in all of their glory.


Justice is Black People Living in All of Their Glory

Shay House writes that justice is Black people living in all of their glory, not being murdered because of the color of their skin.

Americans raised their collective voice against police brutality after the murder of George Floyd last year.


Today, We Have a Voice

Juwan Jessup writes that today, Black Americans have a voice and the power to stand up against unjust systems.

For Black Americans, justice means more than a guilty verdict.


Sympathy is Nice, But Justice is Better

Dezarae Newstrom writes that there is so much cruelty within policing and foster care, and that we need education on the history of these systems.

After the police killing of George Floyd, protestors called for freedom and an end to police violence against Black Americans.


Freedom is Bigger Than the End of Slavery

Jamari Jones writes that the guilty verdict in the murder of George Floyd set the tone for addressing racism.

After the police killing of George Floyd, many Americans demanded justice.


It is Not Over. We Still Need More Justice.

Deddtrease Edwards writes that Black and brown communities need to continue to fight for justice.

California's youth prisons will close by 2023.


Sound Off: California’s Youth Prison Closures

Juvenile justice advocates sound off on California's plan to close youth prisons and develop the Office of Youth and Community Restoration.


Young, Gifted, & Black

Sade Daniels presents her poem Young, Black & Gifted, an artistic critique of the present treatment of Black girls in American foster care


The Privilege of Innocence: Ma’Khia Bryant and The Adultification of Black Girls in Foster Care

There is no perfect way to be a child in foster care. As a 30-year-old Black woman and foster youth alumni, I reflect daily on my decisions as a traumatized youth in care and the grace that was not always granted to me.