From the Field


Voices Rising: Live Online Showcase of Foster Youth Action Across the US

Foster Youth in Action (FYA) is hosting a live video presentation featuring youth and young adult representatives from youth advocacy organizations across the country share their stories of action. The online event, which is open to the public, will be held on Wednesday, June 15 at 4:00pm ET (1:00pm PT). Register here.


Newly-Formed California Child Advocacy Project Releases First in Series of Policy Papers

A group of leading children’s advocates in California have joined together to form the California Child Advocacy Project in order to inform the federal child welfare reform debate about the lessons emerging from California’s reform efforts and research. The group released its first paper, which examines the extent of national and California caseload reduction overRead More


The National Campaign Announces Request for Proposals on Addressing Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy in Dependency Courts

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy is seeking six dependency courts to apply for and receive intensive training and technical assistance on When You Decide: A Judges Guide to Pregnancy Prevention Among Foster Youth Toolkit between July 2016 and December 2017. The goal of this Training and Technical Assistance Project is toRead More


A Way Home America

Over the past several months, an expanding group of federal, state, and local agencies, philanthropic partners, service providers, advocates, researchers, and young people have been meeting to strategize about ways to create a national movement to achieve the goals of the Opening Doors Federal Strategic Plan to End Homelessness to prevent and end youth homelessnessRead More


California Foster Youth Pregnancy Prevention Institute In Six California Counties

The California Foster Youth Pregnancy Prevention Institute is a multi year effort designed to help counties become more effective at providing pregnancy and STI prevention services for foster youth. The effort is also intended to support counties in developing policies and procedures to address reproductive health and pregnancy prevention for youth in foster care. Sponsored byRead More


Newly released guide addresses parenting LGBT and gender non-conforming children

The Center for the Study of Social Policy and Family Builders Adoption have released a new guide on parenting LGBT and gender non-conforming children. Entitled Raising Happy and Healthy LGBT and Gender Non-Conforming Children, the guide is designed for working with parents, relatives, and foster and adoptive parents who are providing care to children involvedRead More


Study on Effects of Foster Care and Juvenile Justice Involvement on Cleveland Youth

The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University recently issued a policy brief using linked administrative data from multiple agencies to explore the impact of child welfare and juvenile justice system involvement on Cleveland youth ages 14 – 21. This study wasRead More


Children’s Rights Featured on The Today Show

On December 16, Children’s Rights was featured on NBC’s The Today Show. Show anchor Natalie Morales interviewed Children’s Rights Lead Counsel Sara Bartosz and three young adults who had been in foster care, giving them a national platform to share their compelling stories. Morales also surprised Bartosz with a special gift – a PSA forRead More


The Well-Being Journey for Youth in Foster Care: Video

As a companion to the well-being report, the YTFG has also released a new video, The Well-Being Journey for Youth in Foster Care, developed by the Foster Care Work Group (FCWG). In the video, four extraordinary young people share what well being means to them and reinforce the importance of all of the well being domains.Read More


New Issue Brief on Medi-Cal for Former Foster Youth

In November, the National Health Law Program released Lessons from California: Medi-Cal Coverage for Former Foster Youth, which highlights recent improvements to the Medi-Cal Former Foster Care Program.

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