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New Study: The “Adultification” of Black Girls

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Why are black girls treated more harshly by schools and the juvenile justice system than white girls? A new study from the Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality says the “adultification” of black girls is at fault.

Posted July 26, 2017

Leading the Way: Colorado Makes Kinship Care a Priority for Kids in Foster Care

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In 2003, Colorado’s Division of Child Welfare placed 1,483 children in residential treatment centers. By 2016, this figure dropped 65% to 526, and the number of kinship placements in Colorado nearly doubled, from 1,308 to 2,401. The state’s dramatic shift toward kinship care is rooted in research and the result of an intensive consulting engagement the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Posted July 25, 2017

Program in King County, Wash., Offers Respite for Youth Involved in Domestic Violence Crises

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The Family Intervention and Restorative Services (FIRS) program in King County, Washington offers respite care and services for youth and families involved in domestic violence crises. It launched in 2016 thanks to leadership from the county prosecutor’s office and a collaboration among city and county agencies. Juvenile Court Services Manager Paul Daniels answers some key questions about FIRS’ design. 

Posted July 25, 2017

Prosecutors Lead the Way for Domestic Violence Detention Alternatives in King County

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Prosecutors in King County, Washington, led the charge to change the handling of juvenile domestic violence cases involving family members. Hence, the launch of Family Intervention and Restorative Services (FIRS), a domestic violence diversion program providing services for families in crisis and offering respite care for charged youth. 

Posted July 25, 2017

The Road to Adulthood

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With knowledge of how the adolescent brain matures, adults can do more to ensure that the road leaving foster care will take young people to self-sufficiency and successful adulthood. And this guide tells how.

Posted July 22, 2017

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What We Know

Proven Programs for Youth

Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development helps communities and professionals find and fund proven programs that promote children’s health and development.

Youth Incarceration Drops

The U.S. lock-up rate for young people is rapidly declining. Check out our infographic underscoring the sea change in youth confinement that is underway.

What is Permanence?

Every child needs and deserves to grow up in a safe, loving and nurturing family – a family whose support is unconditional and will last a lifetime.

Relative Caregivers on the Rise

One in 11 U.S. kids will live in kinship care at some point before the age of 18. What can we do to support relative caregivers to ensure that their children thrive.

Detention Reform for Girls

Effectively serving girls are among the most difficult issues facing detention leaders. We offer a how-to guide to help administrators create needed reforms.

First Eight Years are Critical

This KIDS COUNT policy report makes the case for investing in an integrated and comprehensive solution to meet the developmental needs of all children through age 8,