Child Welfare in the News
Philanthropy News Digest, August 27. 2018
This report found that forty states have laws that permit or even require courts to charge for public defenders. The fees push families — who can be held in contempt of court, receive a civil judgment, or receive liens against their properties if they can't pay — into debt, forces youth deeper into the justice system, and jeopardizes the constitutionality of juvenile court proceedings.
The Washington Post, September 1, 2018
Kids suffer trauma from the circumstances that led to foster care in the first place, but they also experience the grief of being separated from their primary attachment.
Science Magazine, August 28, 2018
A parental training program for families referred to Child Protective Services improved toddlers' unconscious reactions to mildly stressful situations, as well as improving parents' behavior, according to a new study by researchers at the University of California, Davis and the University of Washington.
Cory Turner, NPREd, July 18, 2018
Rates of anxiety and depression among teens in the U.S. have been rising for years. According to one study, nearly one in three adolescents (ages 13-18) now meets the criteria for an anxiety disorder.
San Diego Union-Tribune, August 3, 2018
A first-of-its-kind emergency program to support female survivors of human trafficking opened in Orange County this summer, offering shelter beds as well as specially tailored healthcare, case management and education assistance services.
Joshua A. Krisch, Daily Magazine, August 14, 2018
Experts agree that preschoolers are entirely capable of suffering from clinical depression. And that this depression is not always the result of abuse or neglect. Depression in small children works in much the same way as it does in teenagers and adults, studies suggest.
Vanita Gupta and P. McCarthy (Opinion), USA Today, June 26, 2018
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has announced that it will give $43 million towards youth projects to 11 communities around the country.
John Fensterwald, Ed Source, July 18, 2018
Federal spending on children will drop about a quarter within a decade, as appropriations for the elderly and rising interest payments on a soaring national debt will squeeze spending on America’s youth, the Urban Institute projected in a report issued Tuesday.
Kriston Capps, City Lab, July 18, 2018
A report last week from the White House Council of Economic Advisors declared the War on Poverty “largely over and a success.” The report diverged sharply from what even other Republicans say about poverty, to say nothing of economists.
Nick Cumming-Bruce, New York Times, June 5, 2018
The Trump administration's practice of separating children from migrant families entering the United States violates their rights and international law, the United Nations human rights office said on Tuesday, urging an immediate halt to the practice.
Caitlin Yoshiko Kandil, California Health Report, June 6, 2018
Economics are the primary driver of homelessness, according to a 2017 report by researchers at UC Irvine, with forty percent of those surveyed cited difficulty finding a job with sufficient wages, and 36 percent cited an inability to find affordable housing.
Vanita Gupta and P. McCarthy (Opinion), USA Today, June 26, 2018
In 2010, the Census reflected a net undercount of about 1 million young children, and the conditions are in place for it to happen again.
Rachel Anspach, Teen Vogue, May 25, 2018
Advocates calling for solutions to the “foster care-to-prison pipeline” point to the fact that one quarter of foster care alumni will become involved with the criminal justice system within two years of leaving care. Without family or local support foster youth lack figures who would advocate on their behalf, a problem exacerbated by lack of mental health care and racially disproportionate treatment by the criminal justice system.
Sarah Jane Tribble, San Jose Mercury News, May 29, 2018
The more than 21,000 families who are homeless in California often have nowhere to go if they want to stay together. While some shelters across the state have developed family-friendly models, these accommodations are still in short supply.
Kateri Wozny, U.S. News, June 8, 2018
As of May, officials said Los Angeles County had 2,526 youth in extended foster care, with 647 who were placed with relatives. The county family services agency also says about 60 percent of EFC youth are Hispanic, while about 30 percent are African-American.
Ellen Wulfhorst, Reuters, May 3, 2018
Often removed from abusive or negligent families, girls and boys in foster care are at high risk, said Dorchen Leidholdt, legal center director at Sanctuary for Families, which advocates for domestic violence and sex trafficking survivors.
Sarah Jane Tribble, May 10, 2018
The University of North Carolina Horizons Program is a residential substance use disorder treatment center where mothers can bring their children. The kids attend school or day care while mothers take classes and go to therapy sessions.
Bill Whitaker, CBS News, May 13, 2018
More than one million American children now live with grandparents, primarily because of their parent's addiction to opioids and other drugs: heroin, crack, meth and alcohol. Grandparents are putting off retirement and plowing through savings to rescue their grandchildren from dangerous situations.
John Kelly, Chronicle of Social Change, April 18, 2018
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report this month on school discipline with a topline finding that "black students, boys and students with disabilities were disproportionately disciplined (e.g., suspensions and expulsions) in K-12 public schools."
Tiffany Manuel & Nat Kendall-Taylor, SSIR, April 30, 2018
Today, millions of families across the country still struggle to afford a home that is safe, healthy, and connected to the resources they need: good schools, jobs that pay living wages, safe and reliable transportation, and high-quality health care
Simone Weichselbaum, The Marshall Project, May 1, 2018
In Newark, N.J., police have embarked on an experiment that they hope will calm tensions by immersing both cops and residents in uncomfortable truths about slavery and Jim Crow, coupled with lessons on epigenetics and trauma.
Karen de Sá, Cynthia Dizikes and Joaquin Palomino, San Francisco Chronicle April 5, 2018
A California lawmaker is calling for $22.7 million in state funding to help prevent unwarranted arrests of abused and neglected children in the state’s residential foster-care facilities.
Molly McCluskey, Pacific Standard, April 5, 2018
After settling a lawsuit for conscience-shocking behavior, a youth detention facility in Sacramento is setting the course to end punitive solitary confinement nationwide.
Mark Rank, New York Times Opinion, April 15, 2018
The United States has the weakest safety net among the Western industrialized nations, devoting far fewer resources as a percentage of gross domestic product to welfare programs than do other wealthy countries.
Catherine Gewertz, Education Week, March 25, 2018
Hundreds of thousands of students, teachers, and parents packed streets near the White House and the U.S. Capitol and marched in cities around the globe on Saturday to demand more-restrictive gun laws and decry gun violence, the latest in a series of massive demonstrations sparked by the Parkland, Fla., school shooting that killed 17 people last month.
Robert Salonga, Mercury News, March 29, 2018
Around-the-clock hotline to report suspected child abuse and neglect created in advance of National Child Abuse Prevention Month.
John Woolfolk, Mercury News, April 1, 2018
After years of efforts to crack down on the rampant use of psychiatric drugs in California’s foster care system, the number of youth prescribed the potent medications is plummeting — a major turnaround in how the state cares for some of its most vulnerable children.
John Kelly, Chronicle of Social Change, March 15, 2018
Casey Family Programs, a national grant maker in the child welfare field, has launched the Community Opportunity Map, a tool that allows users to see localized indicators connected to community health and maltreatment prevention.
Alisha Kirby, K-12 Daily, March 19, 2018
One of the less visible fallouts from the aggressive anti-immigrant policies of the Trump administration is the impact on early learners whose parents are in the country illegally, a new study suggests. The report from the Urban Institute that looked at what some districts are doing to encourage families to participate in voluntary pre-K programs.
Brian A Jacob, Joseph Ryan, Brookings, March 22, 2018
This report presents findings from a partnership between the University of Michigan and the State where they matched child maltreatment records in Michigan with educational data on all public school children in the state. They found that roughly 18 percent of third-grade students have been subject to at least one formal investigation for child maltreatment.
Natalie Pattillo, Pacific Standard, March 5, 2018
Across the country, there are hundreds of instances where children are removed from the custody of a parent who has suffered from domestic abuse at the hands of a partner.
David Washburn, California Health Report, March 8, 2018
Los Angeles County – the birthplace of heavy-handed police tactics like S.W.A.T. teams, helicopter patrols and gang injunctions – is embarking on an effort that could make the nation’s most populous county a model for using a lighter touch with juvenile offenders.
Sarah Holder, California Health Report, March 13, 2018
Every state in the country has fewer than 50 affordable housing units available for every 100 extremely low income families.
Byard Duncan, Reveal News, January 8, 2018
Directly connecting child removals to the source of the problem is nearly impossible. That’s because there’s no way to specify opioids – or any other drug – as a contributing factor in several states' electronic child welfare databases.
Todd Zwillich, WNYC, January 10, 2018
A new study out this week finds that a child born in the United States has a 70 percent greater chance of dying before adulthood as compared to 19 other wealthy, democratic countries.
Daniel Heimpel, Chronicle of Social Change, January 25, 2018
Interview with Sheila Kueh, the current chair of Los Angeles County’s Board of Supervisors. The responsibilities of Kueh's prominent position include shaping child welfare policy in ways that will not only have an impact in L.A., but nationally.
Nila Bala, Newsweek, December 30, 2017
California is scrapping juvenile administrative fees altogether in an effort to protect low-income families and children. The Justice Department, however, is standing in the way of repeal on a national scale.
Dan Hurley, New York Times, January 2, 2018
A detailed analysis of child welfare cases in Allegheny County, PA showed alarming trends in data analysis: 8 percent of the lowest-risk families were being screened into the child welfare system, while 27 percent of the highest-risk families were being screened out. Two researchers looked at dozens of data points and built an algorithm to analyze the county data.
Carolyn Jones, Edsource, January 6, 2018
In California, the number of homeless children in K-12 schools overall has jumped 20 percent from 2014-15 to 2016-17, and while state data does not identify whether any of these students are LGBT, youth homeless experts said gay students are disproportionately represented.
Anna Scott, NPR News, October 23, 2017
The latest homeless count in Los Angeles showed a 64 percent increase in the number of 18- to 24-year-olds on the streets since last year, to a total of nearly 6,000. Many of these children are former foster youth and local officials say that foster care often doesn't provide the stability people need to successfully step into adulthood.
Rachel Myrow, KQED, October 25, 2017
The Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History invited a team of former foster youth and advocates to help put an exhibit together on the lives foster youth in California entitled "Lost Childhoods." The exhibition runs through Dec. 31st, 2017.
Rory Appleton, Fresno Bee, November 9, 2017
Human trafficking is a widespread concern that advocates and law enforcement officials say is on the rise throughout Fresno. Three women tell their stories of horror, survival and healing.
Rina Palta, KPCC, October 11, 2017
Over 12,000 young people are homeless in California on any given night, and a group of state lawmakers is looking for ways to tackle the growing problem.
Hannah Rappleye, McHugh, Farrow, October 9, 2017
Increasing numbers of women of childbearing age struggle with opioid addiction. Nationally, the rate of American children born with neonatal abstinence syndrome, a set of symptoms experienced by babies exposed to drugs in the womb, has quadrupled over the past 15 years.
Kristian Foden-Vencil, KUOW, October 17, 2017
The top Republican and Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee have come together to introduce a bill that would publicize more information about private foster care providers.
SAMHSA, September 1, 2017
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) created a suite of educational materials to help caregivers and youth learn about the symptoms and treatment options for a variety of mental health disorders, as well as where to find support services.
Anna Gorman, KHN, September 8, 2017
As the opioid epidemic burns a path of devastation through communities across the nation, California is leading the way in revamping treatment for low-income residents.
Lisa Pickoff-White and Erika Aguilar, KQED, September 13, 2017
A greater share of people live in poverty in California than in any other state, according to a measure used by the U.S. Census Bureau that takes into account the cost of living and government assistance programs.
Nina Agrawal, LA Times, August 12, 2017
In fiscal year 2015-16, Children and Family Services spent about $91 million on extended foster care in Los Angeles County. Although the program’s success has been uneven, the vast majority of eligible teenagers — about 80% in L.A. County — choose to remain in care.