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New York Times,

More than 2,000 have reached the U.S. border with Mexico, where an expected spike in migration from other countries will raise tough questions: Who gets priority?

Nancy Marie Spears, Sara Tiano, Jeremy Loudenback,

A case now before the U.S. Supreme Court poses grave challenges to America’s landmark federal law that makes it more difficult for local child welfare agencies to separate Indigenous children from their families and tribes. But as of last month, 10 states including New Mexico have enacted local policies to make sure their residents are protected should the federal law known as ICWA, the Indian Child Welfare Act, be struck down by the high court. The 10 states include several that are home to the largest Indigenous populations within United States borders.

The Imprint,

Most of the thousands of children who are reported missing each year are in foster care, and some members of Congress want the federal government to do more to respond to the problem. Researchers know that most youth are only gone for a week or so but that many aren’t located for a month or more. 

National Family Support Network,

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Lodi Lipien, Flandra Ismajli, Jennifer Wolgemuth,

This qualitative interview study assessed the pandemic’s impact on the educational experiences of foster youth in the United States from the perspectives of their caseworkers. Participant caseworkers discussed how the pandemic affected the academic progress and social/emotional development of youth in foster care and highlighted some challenges of online learning.

Anthony Bald, Joseph J. Doyle Jr., Max Gross, Brian Jacob,

This paper describes tradeoffs in child welfare policy in the United States and provides background on the latest trends in foster care practice to highlight areas most in need of rigorous evidence. These trends include efforts to prevent foster care on the demand side and to improve foster home recruitment on the supply side. With increasing data availability and a growing interest in evidence-based practices, there are opportunities for economic research to inform policies that protect vulnerable children.

Changing the Way We Care,

These two case studies focus on kinship care: one describes kinship care in the Kenya context and the other describes family-based alternative care in Guatemala, including kinship care. They are meant to help practitioners better understand the practical implications of kinship and other forms of family-based alternative care and inform similar work in other contexts. These case studies have been produced by Changing the Way We CareSM, a global initiative implemented by Catholic Relief Services and Maestral International, and other global, national and local partners working together to change the way we care for children around the world.

Laurel Wamsley - NPR,

The Biden administration is moving to end sweeping pandemic border restrictions known as Title 42 on May 23. The official announcement came Friday in an order from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The News Observer,

In North Carolina, parental substance use has become the leading reason children enter the foster care system. The state Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reports that of 15,239 children in foster care in 2021, 41 percent were removed from their homes because of drug use. That’s up from less than 29 percent in 2012.

**While there is no closing date for applications, the selection process will begin once satisfactory applications have been received,

The Children in Adversity Senior Technical Advisor will be a member of this team based in Washington, DC. This is a long-term position with an immediate start date. The Children in Adversity Senior Technical Advisor will work across a broad range of technical functions. The Technical Advisor will lead on activities related to Objective 2 of APCCA and will guide programming to support those most vulnerable children who are, or are at risk of, living outside of family care by promoting, funding, and supporting nurturing, loving, protective, and permanent family care.