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Share this article:Los Angeles County has entered into a new settlement of a longstanding federal lawsuit alleging that its foster system was not providing necessary mental health services for youth in its care, it was announced Thursday. Originally filed in 2002, Katie A. v. Bonta challenged the county and state... Read more
Published on: 09-25-20
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. By John Kelly This post Survey Finds Black and... Read more
Published on: 09-24-20
Source: The Imprint
By John Kelly
After 17 years of operating under a consent decree, Los Angeles County has reached an agreement to extricate itself from a long-running federal lawsuit that sought to address gaps in mental health care services for children in foster care in California. By Jeremy Loudenback This post L.A. County, Foster Advocates... Read more
Published on: 09-24-20
Source: The Imprint
By Jeremy Loudenback
Foster youth often feel misunderstood and marginalized by society as a whole. Within the larger foster youth community, however, certain groups must deal with even more stress. Those groups, and how to help them build fulfilling lives, are the subjects of the latest set of policy recommendations by the National... Read more
Published on: 09-24-20
Source: The Imprint
By John Kelly
Advocates are worried thousands of cases are not being reported since teachers stopped seeing students in person.... Read more
Published on: 09-23-20
By Carolyn Jones
We must bail out the industry that allows millions of parents to work. Part of The Great Rebuild Issue of The Highlight, our home for ambitious stories that explain our world. It was a Tuesday in March when Ellen Drolette heard that schools were closing. Later that day, she learned... Read more
Published on: 09-23-20
Source: Vox - All
By Anna North
School meals are the only meals some children get in a day. But during the pandemic, school feeding programs have been reaching fewer and fewer families.... Read more
Published on: 09-22-20
The picture is incomplete, but education and training seem to boost outcomes While our analysis of employment and education connections across several time points (ages 17, 19, and 21) provides a better picture of the needs of young people transitioning out of foster care than has previously existed, it is... Read more
Published on: 09-22-20
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The state ranks 35th in overall child well-being, which includes education, economic security and health.... Read more
Published on: 09-22-20
The COVID-19 pandemic is threatening to crush the college dreams of thousands of people who will soon be aging out of foster care, and Congress must take urgent steps to avoid these devastating outcomes, according to a report being released this week. By John Kelly This post ‘The Forgotten Students’:... Read more
Published on: 09-22-20
Source: The Imprint
By John Kelly
IAKOV FILIMINOV/SHUTTERSTOCK Most schools around the country are still scrambling to get into this school year. States and local districts are continuously updating their decisions — a trend that we’ll see throughout the academic year. That creates an enormous uncertainty not only for schools but also for the out-of-school time... Read more
Published on: 09-22-20
Source: Youth Today
By Nickolas Bagley
New survey finds three-fourths of families have experienced a loss of income since March and more than one-third of students don't have a quiet place to study.... Read more
Published on: 09-21-20
Source: California
By Howard Blume
THE PERFECT STOCK/SHUTTERSTOCK Appointed officials, some political and some nonpartisan, are less in the spotlight than elected officials. Most stay out of the politicized public eye. Included in this category is the state children’s ombudsperson or child advocate. The word “ombuds” means “agent” in Swedish. In practice, a child ombudsperson... Read more
Published on: 09-21-20
Source: Youth Today
By gwritersinclair
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... Read more
Published on: 09-21-20
Source: The Imprint
By John Kelly
K-12 schools in Los Angeles are not allowed to be open at the moment. Yet many schools have reopened anyway, either by outsourcing their facilities to established providers like the Y, or by rebranding as day camps, which are license-exempt and virtually unregulated in California.... Read more
Published on: 09-18-20
Source: California
By Sonja Sharp, Laura Newberry
A parent and child wearing masks in Central Park. | Noam Galai/Getty Images And make that $3,600 per year for kids 5 and younger. On Thursday, the Joe Biden campaign made official the most significant antipoverty proposal of his candidacy: making the child tax credit much bigger, and available to... Read more
Published on: 09-18-20
Source: Vox - All
By Dylan Matthews
Newly released figures from the Los Angeles Unified School District – one of the nation’s largest – show that roughly 6,000 fewer students registered for kindergarten this school year than in the previous year – a roughly 14% decrease from last year’s number of 42,912 children.  By Kim Phagan-Hansel This post... Read more
Published on: 09-18-20
Source: The Imprint
By Kim Phagan-Hansel
A new study from Ben Sommers and other researchers at Harvard University finds that Medicaid work requirements fail to promote employment but do result in more people losing their health coverage and may promote other negative health outcomes. The study, published in Health Affairs, found that negative economic consequences ensued... Read more
Published on: 09-18-20
By Allexa Gardner
A community rallies to save its children from gun violence through coordination, cooperation, and a shared goal.... Read more
Published on: 09-17-20
By Elena Sheppard
There are policies and practices that have been proven to work for communities that embrace them. Adopting such measures need not be a politicized action. In fact, all major federal juvenile justice reforms have involved bipartisan support and legislators working together across the aisle. ( See, for example, The Juvenile... Read more
Published on: 09-17-20
Source: Youth Today
By gwritersinclair
New research by UCSF shows Santa Clara County's approach to housing its sickest and most desperate homeless residents is working.... Read more
Published on: 09-17-20
By Marisa Kendall
A few weeks ago, my client, a mother in a child protective case trying to regain custody of her children, informed my students she had lost her housing and was now homeless. By John Kelly This post The Looming Housing Crisis and Child Protection Agencies appeared first on The Imprint.... Read more
Published on: 09-17-20
Source: The Imprint
By John Kelly
For special-needs students, trying to return to the classroom, or just staying at home, presents a new set of challenges.... Read more
Published on: 09-16-20
By Hallie Levine
After a tense and uncertain summer, after-school providers funded through 21st Century Community Learning Centers are able to step back and take a breath. These providers — a myriad of community organizations, YMCAs, Boys and Girls Clubs  and school districts across the nation — are seeing a huge need to... Read more
Published on: 09-16-20
Source: Youth Today
By gwritersinclair
The plaintiffs claim data collection is important to identify needs of Native and LGBT foster youths.... Read more
Published on: 09-16-20
By BY D. SEAN ROWLEY
A new initiative will help 150 women starting in 2021.... Read more
Published on: 09-16-20
By ABC News
Last year, New York researchers determined that when parents have a child in foster care and are represented by teams of lawyers working in tandem with social workers and parent advocates, they were reunited with their child about four months sooner than those who were represented by a solo practitioner.... Read more
Published on: 09-16-20
Source: The Imprint
By John Kelly
KONSTANTINECHRISTIAN/SHUTTERSTOCK When Mary (name changed for anonymity) first entered the foster care system, she was a preteen who was ripped from her home and was about to be pulled away from her younger siblings. Police officers and social workers dragged them to a foster care center where they found separate... Read more
Published on: 09-16-20
Source: Youth Today
By gwritersinclair
Members of the Osborne Association’s Youth Action Council met with New York State Assembly Speaker Carl E. Heastie this summer in support of a bill to keep incarcerated New Yorkers closer to their families.By Jeremy Loudenback This post During the Pandemic, Children of Incarcerated Parents Struggle To Be Seen appeared... Read more
Published on: 09-16-20
Source: The Imprint
By Jeremy Loudenback