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Last Week in Child Welfare: April 29-May 6, 2019

by Christina Zschomler West Virginia West Virginia officials are turning to the federal government to grant Medicaid access to mental health support for families. Services the officials are requesting to be covered by Medicaid include providing social mentors for youth, extra support for parents, and additional access to therapy. Beginning in 2015 with a letter

Last Week in Child Welfare: April 12-19, 2019

by Christina Zschomler Oregon Oregon is facing heavy consequences and negative publicity in light of a recent lawsuit against the state’s child welfare system. Child welfare advocates filed the class-action lawsuit against the state, stating that the neglect and poor treatment of children within the Oregon foster care system is unacceptable. Governor Kate Brown claims

Recent News in Child Welfare: March 25-April 4, 2019

by Christina Zschomler Virginia Last week, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam ceremonially signed eight bills to prompt Virginians to prioritize foster care and child welfare. The signing of these bills additionally celebrated the start of Virginia Fosters, a new statewide campaign aiming to bring awareness of the needs of children in foster care to Virginians. These bills

Last Week in Child Welfare: February 22-March 1, 2019

by Christina Zschomler Nebraska Nebraska has officially begun upholding a new policy in which child welfare case workers cannot drug-test parents under investigation for child abuse. Some, like Elizabeth Crnkovich, a Nebraskan Douglas County Juvenile Court Judge, argue that the updated policy was implemented too hastily and without proper consultation. Lawrence Gendler, who is also

Last Week in Child Welfare: February 15-22, 2019

by Christina Zschomler Child welfare reform was significantly emphasized this week across the nation. Multiple states saw new bill proposals that would reconfigure and monitor child welfare and foster care statewide. Kansas While the need for child welfare reform within Kansas seems agreed upon by officials, what is the best way to go about making

From the Next Children’s Voice: Weaving a Bright Future

Weaving a Bright Future: Baltimore’s Thread Uses Community Resources to Reduce Isolation This article will appear in the upcoming spring 2019 issue of Children’s Voice.  by Elizabeth Gibbons Student success depends not only on a supportive academic environment; a holistic, family-, peer-, and community-centered approach can also assist young people who are struggling. The Baltimore-based nonprofit

From Children’s Voice Magazine: Drugs and Kids

Drugs and Kids: Stopping the Sexual Trafficking of Minors Through Community Engagement by Rhonda Sciortino Where there is child sexual trafficking, there often also are drugs. Traffickers give kids drugs to make them comply, to make them quit crying or complaining, and to incapacitate them so that they are unable to fight or escape. Once

From Children’s Voice Magazine: 10 Practical Steps to Support Sustained Permanency

10 Practical Steps to Support Sustained Permanency by Kirk O’Brien, Yvonne Humenay Roberts, Kristen Rudlang-Perman, Crystal Ward Allen, and Peter J. Pecora Nearly one in five children in foster care has been in care before. Reentry into care can lead to fractured families. Stable, nurturing families can bolster youth resilience and lessen negative long-term effects—but

Last Week in Child Welfare: August 12-August 19

by Elizabeth Gibbons New Hampshire A federally sponsored review of New Hampshire’s child protective services has concluded that much still needs to be done to ensure the protection of vulnerable children and families. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, New Hampshire is failing in every category the HHS uses to determine

Last Week in Child Welfare: July 22-July 31

by Elizabeth Gibbons Ideas from Experts The Chronicle of Social Change, an independent publication focused on child welfare and social policy, has compiled a series of articles highlighting new policy recommendations made by participants in the Foster Youth Internship Program. There have been three articles so far. The first article aims to improve placement stability to

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