Policy Updates

Stay current on policy developments affecting vulnerable youth.


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Federal Advisory Committee Issues Recommendations for LGBQ/GNCT Youth

The Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice (FACJJ) has issued recommendations to the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) for strategies to advance juvenile justice reform for LGBQ/GNCT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, questioning/gender nonconforming, transgender) youth. The recommendations are grouped into four categories: Policy and Program Development Training and Technical Assistance Data Collection andRead More

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Expanded SSI Application Timeframe for SSA Pilot Program

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has been implementing a pilot program since August 2016 that allows young people in foster care to apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits earlier than permissible under current rules. Since 2010, the SSA’s rules have allowed foster children to apply for this program up to 90 days before hisRead More

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Funding Opportunity for Child Welfare Agencies and Tribes for LGBTQ2-S Youth in Foster Care

On March 1, the National Quality Improvement Center on Tailored Services, Placement Stability and Permanency for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, and Two Spirit Children and Youth in Foster Care at the University of Maryland announced an upcoming grant opportunity for implementation of evidence-based, evidence-informed, and/or promising programs and interventions to address the unique needsRead More

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The President’s Role in Advancing Criminal Justice Reform

Commentary by Barack Obama Harvard Law Review Former President Barack Obama has authored an article for the Harvard Law Review, detailing his personal commitment to justice reform, and providing an overview of his Administration’s efforts and accomplishments. He also shares his insights regarding the methods of influence at a President’s disposal, as well as reflectionsRead More

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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

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DOJ Proposes New Juvenile Justice Rules

by John Kelly The Chronicle of Social Change The Justice Department has published proposed new rules related to the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) that will require most states to make significant improvements or face the loss of federal funds at a time when the appropriation has dropped significantly. Click here to read theRead More

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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

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ED and HHS Release Joint Guidance on Foster Care Provisions in ESSA

On June 23, the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released joint guidance on the foster care provisions in Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) signed into law in December 2015. This is theRead More

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New KIDS COUNT Policy Report

The Annie E. Casey Foundation has released a new KIDS COUNT Policy Report entitled, A Shared Sentence – The Devastating Toll of Parental Incarceration on Kids, Families and Communities. Download the report here.  

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GAO Releases New Report on Homeless and Foster Youth

On May 19, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report on the challenges and barriers affecting the ability of homeless and foster youth to pursue a college education. The report makes clear federal reforms in eligibility for and access to financial aid must be made to give foster and homeless youth a fairRead More

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