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Children are the vulnerable parties in child abuse and neglect cases, with every aspect of their lives at stake when they face removal from their families or enter a courtroom.

Dependency courts dramatically shape a child’s future and have complete authority over the ch...

FSI is again submitting testimony supporting the legislation and will be attending the events.  

HB 687 reforming Maryland's civil statute of limitations by:

·        Eliminating the SOL for civil child sexual abuse claims.

·...

February 28, 2019

Submitted to the Maryland House Judiciary Committee Delegate Luke Clippinger, Chair Delegate Vanessa E. Atterbeary, Vice Chair Good afternoon, My name is Noy Davis. I am the Vice President of Operations of First Star Institute First Star is a child advocacy policy orga...

February 13, 2019

Homeless and former foster care students have surfaced on the radars of Texas legislators this year, and Texas institutions of higher education should pay close attention.

The proposed legislation (House Bill 99, Senate Bill 331 and House Bill 809), concerns the support...

November 19, 2018

In this first-of-its-kind report, the Annie E. Casey Foundation draws
on a new source of national and state-level data to illustrate the
experience of transitioning from foster care to adulthood. It is well
established that for youth and young adults in foster care, so...

The number of youth in foster care in America rose for a fifth consecutive year in 2017, according to a federal report released today, though state data obtained by The Chronicle of Social Change suggests that the total may have plateaued or even decreased this year....

The Washington State Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the state is responsible for the welfare of children after they're placed with foster parents, broadening protections for more than 10,000 kids in government custody.

In a 5-4 decision, the court ruled that the stat...

Large percentages of foster youth have college aspirations, but estimates from research suggest that no more than 20 percent of that population are known to enroll and fewer than half of them actually graduate.

Royel Johnson, assistant professor of education (higher edu...

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed an Assembly bill that will open doors for more of the state’s 60,000 foster youth to attend college.

Assemblyman Tony Thurmond, D-Richmond, who authored the legislation, Assembly Bill 3089, made the announcement Friday in a press release.

The...

“Raise your hand if you think every child deserves a loving home,” the social worker said.

She held up a photo of five brothers and sisters, all teenagers.

I glanced around the room and tried to read the eyes of other potential foster-care parents at the information sess...

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It’s just common sense: An adult's past criminal history or history of child maltreatment is not to be balanced against the safety of a child. This is...

Child Maltreatment History Should Be a Bar to Being a Foster Parent

April 23, 2017

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