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Foster America Announces Inaugural Cohort of Foster America Fellows

Foster America has announced its inaugural cohort of Foster America fellows. Foster America is a new program that recruits experienced professionals to work in child welfare agencies across the country. This year’s fellows have expertise in finance, advertising, design, management, engineering, data analysis, education, and public health. Their projects range from helping partner agencies preventRead More

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New Report on California’s Guardian Scholars Programs

The Campaign for College Opportunity released a new report regarding California’s Guardian Scholars Program. Practices with Promise: The Guardian Scholars Program: Skyline College profiles the program at Skyline College, one of the participating institutions.

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National Homeless Youth Legal Network

The United States Interagency Council on Homelessness and the American Bar Association are working to develop a national Homeless Youth Legal Network (HYLN) to facilitate the removal of barriers youth face to accessing housing, education, employment and income supports, and other mainstream services needed to attain self-sufficiency. To learn more about the HYLN or theRead More

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NIC Releases Report on Girls in Adult Facilities

The National Institute of Corrections, in collaboration with the National Council on Crime and Delinquency, has released No Place for Youth: Girls in the Adult Justice System – Gender-Responsive Strategies for Justice-Involved Women and Girls. This report focuses on the growing population of girls younger than 18 in adult correctional facilities. The bulletin summarizes currentRead More

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Unjust: How the Broken Criminal Justice System Fails LGBTQ Youth

A new report co-authored by the Movement Advancement Project and the Center for American Progress examines how as many as 3.2 million LGBTQ youth are vulnerable to discrimination, profiling, and mistreatment in the juvenile and criminal justice systems. In fact, LGBTQ youth are twice as likely to end up in juvenile detention; 20% youth in juvenileRead More

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New Tools to Help End Homelessness

The U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released a set of materials designed for stakeholders to used directly and engage essential local partners in efforts to prevent and end youth homelessness. The three new resources discuss system planning, mainstream system collaboration, and promising programs, al with a focus on engaging key partners locallyRead More

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Guest Blog by Nicole Pittman and Eli Lehrer

Nicole Pittman is the Director of the Center on Youth Registration Reform at Impact Justice; Eli Lehrer is President of the R Street Institute. Jason (whose name has been changed) was 14 when he met his first girlfriend, 13-year-old Tianna. After a few months of dating, Tianna’s mom walked in on the couple having oral sex.Read More

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CSSP Report on Supporting LGBTQ Youth in Child Welfare

The Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) released the policy report, Out of the Shadows: Supporting LGBTQ Youth in Child Welfare Through Cross-System Collaboration, which describes the challenges LGBTQ youth face in the child welfare and how systems can collaborate to better support this population.

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Removing Youth from Adult Court: Much to Celebrate, More to Fight For

Guest Blog by Marcy Mistrett, CEO of the Campaign for Youth Justice In its Blueprint for Youth Justice Reform, the Youth Transition Funders Group (YTFG) laid out a ten point plan to reduce youth justice involvement and improve outcomes for youth up to age 25.  Point six in the plan calls for “keeping youth outRead More

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Webinar: Reassessing Electronic Monitoring for Youth

Electronic monitoring of youth in the juvenile justice system has become increasingly commonplace, with little to no regulation or oversight. However, it raises significant concerns, including: the possibility of net widening; severe deprivations of liberty for youth; racially-biased application; and little research to support its efficacy. On June 23 at 2:00pm ET, the Coalition forRead More

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