News of Interest

In Some States, an Unpaid Foster Care Bill Could Mean Parents Lose Their Kids Forever

January 19, 2023 | by Joseph Shapiro | National Public Radio

In North Carolina and at least 11 other states, parents must pay a debt to the government—or they could lose their children. NPR's Joseph Shapiro describes what this means for...

Team Decision Making® May Improve Equity in Child Welfare

January 10, 2023 | by Evident Change

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A new brief from the Annie E. Casey Foundation outlines findings from a randomized controlled trial showing that the Team Decision Making® model may improve equity in child welfare. Child...

2023 Media for a Just Society Awards Call for Entries

December 7, 2022 | by Evident Change

The 2021 Media for a Just Society Awards plaques
Are you a writer, filmmaker, podcaster, or other unique creator who is telling stories, raising questions, or proposing solutions to issues in child welfare or the justice system? We invite...


Family Visit Coaching May Improve Child Safety

February 1, 2023 | Evident Change

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A recent Evident Change study found that parents who completed Family Visit Coaching (FVC) services had fewer incidences of substantiated abuse or neglect after reunification compared to a control group.   The analysis showed that FVC was effective at reducing substantiations after reunification. Previous FVC research indicated that parents improved their parenting skills during FVC services...

Hear Us: “If It Can Be Broke, It Can Be Fixed”

January 20, 2023 | Race to Equity Project, Kids Forward

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Over three years ago we started the HearUs podcast to amplify the voices of youth in the Wisconsin youth justice system. Our vision: Young adults need to be the central voices for reform. When talking with the youth, we quickly found recurring themes emerge from the experiences shared with us. Our original idea evolved into...

Prisons Don’t Make Us Safer: Myths About Mass Incarceration

January 5, 2023 | Victoria Law

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I’ve been writing about incarceration and criminalization for nearly two decades. Over the past several years, I have witnessed mass incarceration enter everyday conversations among people who have never been directly impacted. While there is increasing and wider-spread recognition that incarceration is a travesty—pre-pandemic, the U.S. had approximately 2.3 million people in jails and prisons—understandings...