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Court Upholds Flores Protections: New Regulations Violate Rule of Law

On Friday, September 27, 2019, Judge Dolly Gee, slapped down the Trump Administration’s attempt to replace the Flores protections for immigrant children and their families through regulation. The Judge flat-out declared it a violation of the law. In her closing statement of the ruling Judge Gee of the U.S. District Court for the Central District

ABA’s Youth in Court Toolkit

The American Bar Association’s (ABA) Center on Children and the Law recently released its Youth in Court toolkit. The toolkit provides a basic framework of adolescent brain science, a legal overview of laws relating to youth engagement in case planning and court hearings, and tips for attorneys and judges to engage youth and support their

Census Data Shows Poverty Down in the U.S. and Large Income Disparities

On Thursday, September 26, the U.S. Census Bureau’s released the 2018 American Community Survey (ACS) detailing information on American social and economic measures such as jobs and occupations, educational attainment, and other topics. The nation’s Gini index, which measures income inequality, grew from 0.482 in 2017 to 0.485 last year, according to figures released Thursday

Child Trends Report on Funding Supports and Services for Transition-Age Youth

Child Trends released a report, sponsored by Youth Villages, on “Funding Supports and Services for Young People Transitioning from Foster Care” to address existing funding supports and services that do not adequately cover the types of intensive supports and skill development that many young people transitioning from foster care need. Nineteen child welfare leaders across

Juvenile Justice FY2020 Funding Passed out of Committee Unanimously

On Thursday, September 26, the Senate Committee on Appropriations unanimously approved the FY2020 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS) bill (S.2584) including funding for the $7.6 billion for the 2020 Decennial Census (an increase of $3.7 billion). Appropriations to the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)

Court Rejects Challenge to Maryland Law Banning Conversion Therapy of Minors

On September 20, 2019 a Federal District Court in Maryland rejected a challenge to Maryland’s recent law that prohibits conversion therapy of minor children. A Maryland psychotherapist, Christopher Doyle, claimed that the law violated his religious freedom. The plaintiff was supported by the Liberty Counsel based in Orlando Florida. Conversion therapy generally seeks to change

Bipartisan Deal Emerges on Family First Transition

Capitol Hill is working on a bipartisan deal that is intended to assist states to implement the Family First Prevention Services Act. The bipartisan, bicameral legislation would give states an added $500 million in child welfare funds, allowing states to spend more flexibly on the three categories of evidence-based services and create a guarantee of

CMS Issues Guidance on QRTPs but Maybe Not Clarity

On Friday, September 20, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) provided guidance on whether or not the new classification of Quality Residential Treatment Programs (QRTPs) will fall under the Medicaid classification as an Institutions for Mental Diseases (IMDs). There has been great concern that the new QRTP standards would cause these same child

Senate Bill Introduced to Halt Public Charge Regulation

On Tuesday, September 17, Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HA) introduced the Protect American Values Act that would restrict the Administration from using federal funds to implement its new “public charge” rule scheduled to go into effect on October 15, 2019. On August 14, 2019 the Administration published a new final rule to expand the definition of

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