Rep. Bass Statement on Passage of Child Welfare Package | Congresswoman Karen Bass

Shadow Day 2017: Rep. Karen Bass with Foster Youth Voices

  June 21, 2017 | Press Release WASHINGTON— Today, the 115th Congress passed their first child welfare package through the House of Representatives. The package, which includes five separate bills, aims at improving critical components of care within the child welfare system, particularly aimed at increasing the age of eligibility for education and vocational services for […]

Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth Co-Chairs Endorse Bipartisan Child Welfare Package | Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth

It’s time to modernize our child welfare system. 5 bills take that leap.

June 15th, 2017 – The Co-Chairs of the Bipartisan Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth endorsed five bipartisan bills that were previously provisions of the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA), which passed the U.S. House of Representatives in the 114th Congress. This package includes five separate bills designed to improve critical components of care within […]

Failure of Public, Political Will Threatens Progress on Child Welfare, Casey warns | Youth Today

Amid the charts and tables of this year’s Kids Count Data Book is a stark warning.The gains in children’s health, education and overall well-being since the last recession may be in jeopardy as “a huge failure of public and political will” saps support for policies that have helped produce those results, the nonprofit Annie E. […]

How Foster Youth Shadow Day Helped Me Find Peace | Teen Vogue

  In this op-ed, Ruth Contreras-Arnold explains what it’s like to be in the foster care system, and how a day on Capitol Hill empowered her. My name is Ruth Contreras-Arnold and I am a nineteen-year-old former foster youth. I have been in and out the child welfare system since I was three years old. […]

How LA County Began to Face Its Big Problem With Youth Being Sex-Trafficked | Youth Today

Seven years ago, she had no idea Los Angeles County had a child sex trafficking problem. Now Guymon is director of the Child Trafficking Unit for the Los Angeles County Probation Department and is part of the group that aims to make LA’s efforts to combat child sex trafficking a model for the nation. Her […]

The RAND Approach to Child Welfare: Cutting Cost, Improving Outcomes

  RAND Corporation issued a report describing how federal child welfare policy could be changed to improve outcomes for children and youth while saving $12.3 billion. To reach its conclusions, the Santa Monica, Calif.-based nonprofit research firm developed a model that points to the value of increased spending on child maltreatment prevention while also expanding […]

Foster kids spend the day shadowing California members of Congress – LA Times

On Wednesday, May 24th, 2017, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Los Angeles) spoke about Jimenez and the more than 100 other young people participating in the Congressional Foster Youth Shadow Program in a speech on the House floor.

Leonardo Jimenez, 21, of Los Angeles said after a lifetime in foster care, he never expected to have his congresswoman speak his name on the House floor, or to become a part of the historical record of the United States. “We have someone that is advocating for us that hasn’t been in our shoes, but is willing to […]

New program to help NJ families who foster or adopt deal with stress

One foster parent over the years has taken 48 children into her home. Another ended up adopting two of the children she fostered. Both have over a decade of experience, which they will be using to help parents who foster and adopt children in New Jersey. Read more: New program to help NJ families who […]

Affirm LGBT lifestyles, foster care workers ordered

Affirm LGBT lifestyles, foster care workers ordered Affirm LGBT lifestyles, foster care workers ordered by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, June 01, 2017 (23 hours ago) Tags: Religious libertyLesbian Gay Bisexual TransgenderLGBTgender identityfoster care CHICAGO (BP) — Foster care workers and families in Illinois must allow gay and transgender youth to express and explore their chosen […]

Girl seeks to share positive message about foster parents

Girl seeks to share positive message about foster parents   After two 16-year-old girls died in the care of their adoptive families, a central Iowa girl is trying to share the message that not all foster parents are bad. Li’l Miss Iowa Izabella Arndt, who was adopted, and Miss America Ambassador Haley Meyers are helping […]