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April 4, 2011
Adolescents: What's the Difference Between Assessing "Risk" and "Need"?
Evan Elkin of the Vera Institute of Justice talks about why the difference is important - you can learn even more by viewing slides from and listening to the ...
March 28, 2011
At the Margin
Many girls and young women live in a world hostile to their well-being, a world not of their making. See their stories and hear about efforts to bring them in from ...
March 23, 2011
Republican-controlled Legislature wages war on children
Arizona gets hit hard by children-focused programs in the Legislature.
March 21, 2011
Utah Rep. Mike Lee: Federal Child Labor Laws Are "Unconstitutional"
Republican Congressman Mike Lee of Utah states his belief that federal child labor laws are unconstitutional, and that it really should be up to states to pass such ...
March 15, 2011
True Tales of Deadebeat Dads
In Youth Communications' newest issue of their youth-written
newsletter, three teens write about their life experiences about their deadbeat ...
February 14, 2011
States Have a Role in Anti-Poverty Efforts
First Focus reports on an Illinois study of poverty levels correlated with specific votes in Congress on anti-poverty measures. The take-away lesson is that good ...
February 9, 2011
Follow Up for Ask Secretary Duncan
Voting for top questions to US Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, is now closed. To continue taking action, please visit the SparkAction Action Center and our ...
February 1, 2011
Learning and Social-Emotional Supports for Students Experiencing Family Transitions: Meeting the Needs of Military, Foster, and Homeless Children
If you missed this Congressional briefing last fall, here is the information available online.
January 31, 2011
Extracurricular Activities Improve Odds for Foster Youth
Research shows that only 54 percent of children in foster care will finish high school and they turn 25. The National Center for Youth Law says California is doing ...
January 16, 2011
U.S. to Get First National Data on Child Care in 20 Years
This survey will provide new knowledge about the types of providers of child care, as well as the needs, constraints and preferences of families with children age ...
January 12, 2011
Cities Invited to Apply for Training Program to Improve Police Interventions with Children and Teens
January 9, 2011
Christie Signs Tougher Law on Bullying in Schools
The New York Times reports that New Jersey enacted the nation’s toughest law against bullying and harassment in schools, three and a half months after the ...
January 8, 2011
Up From the Bottom
A young girl tells of her experience as a homeless high school dropout.
January 8, 2011
Government Efforts, Including the Recovery Act, Prevented Poverty from Rising in 2009
Despite a deep recession, very high unemployment, and widespread hardship, a combination of existing safety net programs and temporary expansions in them ...
December 30, 2010
11 Things States Should Do to Keep Children & Families Secure in ’11
One thing most people seem to agree on, especially in difficult economic times, is that investing in our children makes the most compassionate as well as economic ...
December 12, 2010
Congressional Briefing Videos: Guiding Youth Out of Juvenile Justice
In the Capitol on October 26, 2010 leading researchers in juvenile justice discussed how to meet the goals of the Second Chance Act using evidence across a variety of ...
December 9, 2010
Tips to Job-Coach Teens
How can mentors, professionals and caregivers help teens find work? This 2007 article recently highlighted in Reclaiming Futures is for anyone working with at-risk ...
December 8, 2010
How Britain Tackled Child Poverty & Improved Child Well-Being
While child poverty in the US has reached its highest level in 20 years, the UK’s ambitious and multifaceted antipoverty campaign – ten years into its ...
November 19, 2010
Journalist Uses Media to Spur Foster Care Reform
Fostering Media Connections is a media-driven, grass roots initiative to speed the implementation of sweeping federal foster care reform and change the common ...
November 17, 2010
The 'Black Male Crisis': Why We Mean So Well but Do So Badly
The latest data on black male well-being from infancy through to adulthood are appalling. But they're meaningless unless we use these data—and the stories ...
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