Voices of Youth Count Campaign

Last week CWLA joined others in the launch and announcement of the Voices of Youth Count campaign.  The Voices of Youth Count is led by Chapin Hall in collaboration with CWLA and other partners across the country.  Its goal is to have both a reliable national estimate of youth homelessness and a clearer picture of what it means to […]

Joint Briefing Paper Highlights Tribal Disproportionality In Juvenile Justice

The Coalition on Juvenile Justice and the Tribal Law and Policy Institute have published a new brief paper, “American Indian/Alaska Native Youth & Status Offense Disparities: A Call For Tribal Initiatives, Coordination & Federal Funding.”

The paper examines the overrepresentation of American Indian and Alaskan Native youth in the nation’s juvenile justice system. The research indicates that these young people are almost […]

Bipartisan Bill Would Amend Education Law to Assist Foster Children

On Friday, June 19, 2015, Senator Al Franken (D-MN) and Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) introduced a key bipartisan measure, the Educational Stability of Foster Youth Act. The bill is an attempt to align federal education law with was enacted under child welfare law, Title IV-E in 2008. The bill would:

 

Ensure that children can remain in their original school when […]

HHS Conducts Training on New Sex Trafficking Provisions

On Wednesday and Thursday of last week, the Department of Health and Human Services along with the White House coordinated a convening of states to help address the implementation of last year’s Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act.

In announcing the event, the National Convening on Trafficking and Child Welfare , the White House statement said “ the mandates […]

House Version of Juvenile Justice Bill Introduced

On June 11, Congressman Bobby Scott (D-VA), Ranking Member of the Education and Workforce Committee introduced HR 2728, the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Reauthorization Act of 2015. It picks up on some of the key provisions of a bipartisan Senate version (S 2999) by Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) and Senate Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI). Like the Senate bill, the […]

Finance Committee Examines Congregate Care

 

On Tuesday, May 19, the Senate Finance Committee held a hearing on the use of congregate care. The hearing was titled, “No Place to Grow Up: How to Safely Reduce Reliance on Foster Care Group Homes.” The hearing focused on the desire to make sure that children do not grow up or stay in what is generally referred to […]

White House Highlights Champions From Foster Care

For the second time in four days, on Tuesday, May 19, the White House was the center for a discussion on foster care. This event was framed around the Champions of Change program in which the White House recognized 12 young people who had been in foster care at some point in their lives. The format included two panel […]

Youth Villages, MDRC Discuss Research on Youth Transition

Youth Villages and Results for America convened a roundtable of experts to discuss the findings from a newly released evaluation by MDRC, a nonprofit, nonpartisan education and social policy research firm, on the promising interim results of Youth Villages’ transitional living program called YVLifeSet.

Becoming Adults, by MDRC examined the YVLife Set model that is intended to help young people […]

Children’s Bureau Offers Webinars on Key Foster Care Issues

As part of their efforts and recognition of May as National Foster Care Month, the Children’s Bureau is hosting two webinars in the next two weeks. The first webinar, Supporting Permanency for LGBTQ Youth in Foster Care, was on Thursday, May 14. A second webinar will be on Thursday, May 21, from 2:00 to 3:30 with the subject of […]

Foster Youth Caucus Discusses Kinship Care

Wednesday, May 6 the Senate Caucus on Foster Youth held the first of a series of four briefings during National Foster Care Month (May). The caucus chaired by Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) and Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) focused the first discussion on kinship care. Opening remarks were provided by Senator Grassley and Senator Stabenow’s offices. They were followed by […]