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Child Welfare

Kamala Harris' Bureau of Children's Justice Takes Shape

Daniel Heimpel | Posted 03.05.2015 | Impact
Daniel Heimpel

On Feb. 12, California Attorney General Kamala Harris held a press conference in Los Angeles to announce the creation of a "Bureau of Children's Justice" with goals ranging from reducing truancy and combatting "childhood trauma" to improving the foster care and juvenile justice systems.

No ESEA Bill Is Better Than One That Fails to Protect the Poorest Children

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 02.20.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

For fifty years Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) has been the primary source of federal funding targeted to schools to serve poor children. Sadly, from the beginning states didn't keep their end of the bargain.

How Science Can Help Us Measure and Improve the Well Being of Foster Youth

Michael Piraino | Posted 02.19.2015 | Impact
Michael Piraino

The three key goals of child welfare policy in the United States are the child's safety, permanency and well-being. Of these three goals, the child's well-being often seems to be the most elusive goal.

10 Things Adoptive Parents Should Know (An Adoptee's Perspective)

Christina Romo | Posted 02.26.2015 | Parents
Christina Romo

Adoption is not possible without loss. Losing one's birth parents is the most traumatic form of loss a child can experience. That loss will always be a part of me. It will shape who I am and will have an effect on my relationships -- especially my relationship with you.

Improving Child Welfare: Why Community-Based Prevention Must be Part of the Reform Equation

Jacquelyn McCroskey | Posted 02.03.2015 | Los Angeles
Jacquelyn McCroskey

While it's the job of CPS to determine when maltreatment occurs and to respond accordingly, it's everyone's job to prevent child abuse and maltreatment before it happens. It's an enormous task, but one well worth doing for the future of L.A.'s children.

The Voiceless in a Failing System

Matt Hartman | Posted 01.27.2015 | Impact
Matt Hartman

In this country, the plights of youth in the foster care system are often brought to attention in the abstract, with former foster parents or social workers commenting on the difficulties and the problems of the system. Yet, the voice lacking is that of the youth who experience the system.

Building A Child-Friendly DC, Part 1

Judith Sandalow | Posted 01.23.2015 | DC
Judith Sandalow

How can DC's new and returning leaders move forward? The questions to answer are: what does a child-friendly city look like? And, what specifically can the government do to make more progress for all children?

What the Ailing LA County Child Welfare System Needs in 2015

Joseph M. Costa | Posted 01.16.2015 | Los Angeles
Joseph M. Costa

To commit to this renewed focus on child welfare will require the Supervisors to muster the political resolve to tackle very sensitive issues and require additional resources. Only time will tell if their "resolution" will translate into decisive action.

Child Welfare Reform: Effecting Real Change -- At Last

Sidney Goldberg | Posted 01.06.2015 | Politics
Sidney Goldberg

It stretches the imagination that anything similar to child welfare's enduring status quo would not evoke public outcry in other fields such as law, business or medicine. Child welfare involve families too and they deserve nothing less than the most competent assistance.

Relisha's Brothers, Part II: Endangered By Secrecy

Matthew Fraidin | Posted 03.06.2015 | DC
Matthew Fraidin

Secrecy in child welfare throws its dark curtain over yet another low-income family of color. This time, it is Relisha Rudd's brothers whose fate is being decided behind the closed doors of the family court.

Relisha's Brothers, Part I: At Risk of Poverty

Matthew Fraidin | Posted 03.02.2015 | DC
Matthew Fraidin

The tragedy is familiar to many by now. Eight-year-old Relisha Rudd disappeared in March from the DC General emergency family homeless shelter. Allegedly in the care of a janitor at the shelter, Relisha hasn't been seen since.

Darren Wilson and Vegan Mom

Matthew Fraidin | Posted 02.08.2015 | DC
Matthew Fraidin

Darren Wilson is a Missouri cop whose deeds have been dissected endlessly in the court of public opinion. Sarah Markham is "Vegan Mom," a Florida parent whose 12-day old baby was taken into foster care by Florida's child protective services. The case barely registered a blip on the public radar.

Home for the Holidays with a Grand Family

Donna M. Butts | Posted 12.03.2014 | Impact
Donna M. Butts

They had all the love in their hearts but not the dollars in the bank. And it takes money to raise a child.

Ebola, Africa and the Fight to Protect Childhood

Lauren Book | Posted 01.19.2015 | Impact
Lauren Book

It knows no socio-economic boundaries. Blind to race, gender and religion, it's infected thousands and infiltrated public consciousness like nothing in recent memory.

Helping High-Need Families Stay Housed and Together

Deborah De Santis | Posted 01.06.2015 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

Many communities have embraced supportive housing for their highest-need populations, including families facing homelessness or other forms of housing...

A Salute to Fierce Women Who Protect Children

John M. Simmons | Posted 12.21.2014 | Impact
John M. Simmons

While I won't downplay the part that men play in the fight for children and the rights of them and all of their mothers, I firmly believe that we are led by fierce women and that the world will be a better place for children and families because of the reasonable thought leaders on both sides of the adoption fence.

Good News for Children When Congress Works Together

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 12.17.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

A new law encourages more opportunities for youths in foster care to lead "normal" lives by making it easier for their foster parents to allow them to participate in age- or developmentally-appropriate extracurricular and enrichment activities that currently often require permission from the child welfare agency.

What About The Girls?

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

We need to wake up and realize all children, especially those of color -- girls and boys -- need adults to stop criminalizing them and recognize the special risks facing our girls.

Ominous Trends in Foster Care

Michael Piraino | Posted 12.08.2014 | Impact
Michael Piraino

We want to see all children in foster care achieve positive outcomes regardless of geography, economic circumstances, or such factors as race or ethnicity.

Your Role in a National Commitment to Keep Our Kids Safe

Michael Piraino | Posted 11.26.2014 | Impact
Michael Piraino

It is tragic that our nation's child welfare system is so overburdened that caring and compassionate caseworkers get so overwhelmed.

Why Child Welfare Investigation Delays in California Are Unacceptable

Joseph M. Costa | Posted 11.24.2014 | Los Angeles
Joseph M. Costa

If your children reported that they had been mistreated or assaulted in any way, it wouldn't take long for you to address the issue and assure your children that they would be kept safe. Then why is it that children in the child welfare system are not given the same decisive action?

The Invisible Achievement Gap: Students in Foster Care

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Across the country it's back to school time. I hope it is a year full of promise and not disappointment and added stress for all children -- especially those most vulnerable. I also hope this school year begins with a renewed commitment to help every child succeed.

Strong Programs, Strong Mentors, and Strong Mindsets

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 10.15.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

We know the commonly repeated claim that there are more Black men in prison than in college isn't true--but in 2011 Black men accounted for fewer than 6 percent of undergraduate students and 4 percent of graduate students, though they made up 8.7 percent of 18-29 year olds.

A Lesbian Mother on the Discriminatory 'Inclusion Act' Endorsed by Catholic Bishops

Marianne T. Duddy-Burke | Posted 10.06.2014 | Religion
Marianne T. Duddy-Burke

The so-called Inclusion Act does nothing to protect children. To the contrary, it could continue depriving children of potentially loving, stable homes. And it does nothing to protect religious liberty.

Beyond Beliefs: The International Fight to Protect Childhood

Lauren Book | Posted 09.06.2014 | Impact
Lauren Book

For the past week and a half, I've been traveling the rural island of Barbados teaching primary and secondary school students vital lessons on how to stay safe.