Child Welfare

The Children’s Advocacy Institute of the University of San Diego School of Law, in collaboration with First Star, released the report “Shame on U.S.,” which discusses how the federal government is failing to properly enact, monitor, interpret, and enforce federal child welfare laws — and in so doing is allowing states to fall below minimum floors with regard to appropriately detecting and protecting children from child abuse and neglect and complying with minimum federal child welfare requirements and outcomes.

Foster care / Nevada

Children’s Advocacy Alliance recent released a brief, “Reasonable and prudent parent standards,” which highlights policy changes to give foster parents more discretion in allowing foster youth to take part in a range of “typical” childhood activities — including overnights with friends, participation in sports and other extracurricular activities and attendance on field trips. Without these revamped standards, foster parents are required to go through cumbersome and often lengthy approval processes within the foster-care system, which limit children’s opportunities to take part of normal, age-appropriate activities. Read the brief here.

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