Youth

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President and Court Acts On Juvenile Justice Issues 

Days after leading groups started to re-circulate a letter by more than 80 organizations, including CWLA, in support of action on a Senate bill to reauthorize the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA, S 1169), the President took action to ban solitary confinement of juveniles in federal prisons.  At nearly the same time the Supreme Court expanded its prohibition [...]

Senate Report on Child Abuse of Unaccompanied Alien Children

A majority-minority report by the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations of the Homeland Security Committee was released on Thursday, January 28 detailing abuse and lack of safeguards for children who came into the U.S. unaccompanied.  According to the report and the hearing that accompanied its release unaccompanied minors have been subject to various forms of abuse and trafficking with many [...]

ESEA Changes on Foster Care & Homeless Youth

The new version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), S. 1177, the Every Student Succeeds Act,  with a text that runs over one thousand pages includes a number of long sought after reforms that are intended to help children in foster care and improvements in the McKinney-Vento Education For Homeless Children and Youth Act. Foster care: Senator Al [...]

The Story Of One Boy’s Journey With Child Welfare

According to published news reports he was removed from his home and his mother due to child abuse allegations. He was three years old at the time and he spent the next two months in foster care.  He left that first foster care placement to stay with a relative.  Details aren’t clear but that arrangement changed after a few months [...]

AYPF Takes Extensive Look At Effective Approaches on Foster Medication

On Friday, November 20 the American Youth Policy Forum sponsored a Capitol Hill briefing on the topic of How Research Evidence Informs Foster Youth Medication Policies. The panel discussion included an examination of definitions, usage and oversight of psychotropic and other medications for youth and children in foster care. The discussion reached beyond the numbers into an examination of the [...]

GAO Issues Report On 8 States And Residential Care

On November 9, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) published a report they had provided to the Senate Finance committee in October. The report: HHS Could Do More to Support States’ Efforts to Keep Children in Family-Based Care examined eight states including Washington, Kansas, New Jersey, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Connecticut and Colorado by interviewing 41 stakeholders made up of state and [...]

Kane Introduces Housing-Child Welfare Bill

On November 17, Senator Tom Kane (D-VA) introduced S 2289, the Family Unification, Preservation and Modernization Act, a bill that would extend the Family Unification Program or “FUP.”   The 1990, Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) program provides housing vouchers to families involved with the child welfare system.  In 2000, Congress extended this program to youth aging out of [...]

Expanded ACE s Tool Discussed On The Hill

On October 21 the National Crittenton Foundation sponsored a briefing, Beyond ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences). The focus of the briefing was on the use of the ACEs or Adverse Childhood Experience evaluation tool. Ongoing research and findings document that when individuals are evaluated in terms of how many adverse experiences they have had as a child there can be resulting [...]

Bass Bill Mirrors Senate Assuring Medicaid For Former Foster Youth

On October 5, Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-CA) introduced along with Congressman Jim McDermott (D-WA), HR 3641 the “Health Insurance for Former Foster Youth Act of2015.” The bill mirrors Senate legislation, S 1852, by Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) that would fix what most agree is a technical hang-up in the ACA. The ACA requires states, regardless of their choices on extending [...]

JJDPA Reauthorization

A briefing, Smart Investments: Keeping Kids and Communities Safe, Reauthorization of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act was held on Thursday, September 17 to encourage congressional action on a reauthorization of the JJDPA. A number of groups including Coalition for Juvenile Justice, Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, Boys town, and the [...]