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Legislative Progress in New York City

On October 27, the New York City Council passed several bills and one resolution aimed at improvements and additional oversight in the city’s foster care system. The bills would create a foster care task force, require an annual survey of foster youth, and require the Administration for Children’s Services to create a five-year plan (threeRead More


FCWG Hosts Congressional Briefing on Public-Private Partnerships for Transition Age Youth

On October 20, the Foster Care Work Group hosted a Congressional briefing in the Capitol Visitor Center on Capitol Hill. The briefing was cosponsored by the Senate Caucus on Foster Youth and the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth. During the event, members of the Foster Care Work Group provided examples of successful public-private partnerships workingRead More


Updates at California Youth Connection (CYC)

California Youth Connection is pleased to announce to recent developments. First, the Board of Directors unanimously elected Haydee Cuza as Executive Director, effective September 26. Second, their priority bill, SB1060 was passed by the legislature and is headed to Governor Brown’s desk. SB1060 seeks to maintain sibling relationships throughout the adoption process by requiring thatRead More


2016 KIDS COUNT Data Book

The Annie E. Casey Foundation released its 2016 KIDS COUNT Data Book. The report focuses on key trends in child well-being in the post-recession years and offers recommendations for how policymakers can ensure all children are prepared for the future, based on the country’s shared values of opportunity, responsibility and security.


Funding Available to Support Grassroots Organizing for a Healthy Juvenile Justice System

The Positive Youth Justice Initiative is entering its third phase, with up to $750,000 in grant funding available for nonprofit organizations in California to advance positive juvenile justice. The Center for Health Program Management will fund grassroots organizations to advance the work of the Positive Youth Justice Initiative through community organizing to accelerate a statewideRead More

A Way Home America

A Way Home America Launches 100-Day Challenges

A Way Home America, the newly-created national movement aimed at ending youth homelessness, is launching 100-Day Challenges in three communities across the country. Modeled after similar efforts to combat homelessness among veterans, these 100-Day Challenges aim to uncover innovative solutions to youth homelessness with a powerful sense of urgency. They are a partnership between AWHARead More


Advocates Lead the Movement to Keep Youth Out of Adult Court

by Katayoon Majd In an opinion column for the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, Katayoon Majd, Public Welfare Foundation Program Director for Juvenile Justice, cites the work of advocates in pushing reforms to keep youth out of the adult criminal justice system. Read the full article here.


New Book Released on Serving Immigrant and Refugee Children and Families

In May, Columbia University Press published Immigrant and Refugee Children and Families: Culturally Responsive Practice. The text is edited by Alan J. Dettlaff, Dean of the University of Houston School of Social Work. FCWG member Yali Lincroft authored a chapter on policy directions.


Tow Foundation Honored by John Jay College

The Tow Foundation was recently honored at the Educating for Justice Gala, an annual event of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. The Foundation was recognized for their support of innovative programs and systemic reform in the areas of juvenile and criminal justice.  John Jay has also benefited through Tow’s generous funding of the College’sRead More


Safety and Justice Challenge Grants Announced

The MacArthur Foundation has announced nearly $25 million in grants to 20 communities as part of the Safety and Justice Challenge, a national initiative supported by the Foundation with an initial $75 million commitment to reduce over-incarceration by changing the way America thinks about and uses jails. Read the Press Release here.

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