Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth are overrepresented in the homeless population. According to a growing body of research and study, a conservative estimate is
that one out of every five homeless youth (20 percent) is LGBT-identified. This is greatly disproportionate
to the estimated percentage of LGBT youth in the general population which is somewhere between 4 and 10 percent.1 Research indicates that each year, hundreds of thousands
of LGBT youth will experience homelessness. Most LGBT youth become homeless because of
family abuse, neglect, or conflict over their identity. Many homeless LGBT youth were kicked
out of their homes while others ran from foster and group homes because they were mistreated
CT: Grandparents raising grandchildren face financial hardship
Middletown Press – January 18, 2019
For decades, grandparents have taken on the role of parent when needed – some for a second, third or fourth time. Many, like Melton, are thrust into the role without warning, often stepping in for their own children who struggle with drug addiction, incarceration, mental illness or other issues. Some are unprepared for the financial, emotional and health challenges that come along with parenting at an older age and advocates say with little notice, they are forced to face many obstacles with few supports and services tailored to their needs. https://www.middletownpress.com/news/article/Grandparents-raising-grandchildren-face-financial-13545648.php
There is a growing consensus that group care is not beneficial for children except in time-limited therapeutic settings to meet specific treatment needs.
Unfortunately, most communities lack a robust network of foster family homes. Given this reality, many child welfare agencies are redoubling their efforts to identify
and engage kin as foster parents.
Despite the strong value of kinship foster care, major impediments still exist to finding, engaging, and placing children with kin when they must be removed
from their parents’ care. Efforts must be made to help children maintain important family connections and support, and to tailor services and assistance to address
the unique needs of kinship foster families, while still working toward the goal of reunification with parents.
This wikiHow draws on wisdom from the field about the seven steps to creating a kin first culture – one in which child welfare systems consistently promote kinship
placement, help children in foster care maintain connections with their family, and tailor services and supports to the needs of kinship foster families.
Worldwide Orphans (WWO) is grateful for the support of Anderson Cooper and is honored to be featured on CNN’s “Champions for Change” series.
WWO believes that play holds a transformative power for both children and adults. In the United States and overseas, we give children and adults an opportunity to learn, develop and become homegrown heroes in their own communities. Our trauma-informed, play-based model empowers communities to become actively invested in the growth and development of every child so both can reach their full potential.
Acting commissioner Beyer confirmed to lead NJ Department of Children and Families
Senate Vote Today Clears Commissioner to be Sworn in by Governor Murphy
TRENTON – New Jersey Department of Children and Families Commissioner Designate Christine Norbut Beyer today released the following statement upon receiving a unanimous vote from the New Jersey State Senate to confirm her nomination to lead the department:
“I am grateful to the members of the Senate for their confidence and trust in our vision for the New Jersey Department of Children and Families, and for the future of child and family services in the Garden State.
“Our vision is that the women, children and families we serve are safe, healthy and connected. That we are working together to ensure that children are protected and families are preserved. That we are preventing adverse childhood experiences and promoting protective factors and individual and family resilience.
“With today’s vote, we can continue the hard work of making that vision a reality for the thousands of children, families and women we serve, each and every day.
“To become the child-serving agency that our State’s children and families deserve, we must make sure we’re responsive to the voice of the parents and the families with which we interact. We cannot operate in a bubble, and we have to elevate the discussion on how to be our best, because New Jersey’s vulnerable children deserve our very best.
“Over the course of the next several months, we plan to hold a Statewide listening tour to hear from the people we serve, so we can get unvarnished opinions about what works and what needs improvement. We want to invite critics and allies alike, to share their stories and inform our progress.
“As we look to the path ahead, we know that, in order to meet the demands of child welfare in the 21st Century, we will need to collaborate with our partners in the field and on the federal, State, county and local levels – from caseworkers to provider agencies, local elected officials to State policymakers. We have to bring in stakeholders from all areas who have an interest in contributing to a seamless safety net for vulnerable children and families struggling to succeed.
“None of this work is easy. Absolutely all of it is vital, to enhance our ability to protect children and support families in the Garden State.
“Finally, as we shift into this next phase of my tenure at the Department of Children and Families, I want to thank the dedicated men and women who work, each and every day, in support of New Jersey’s children and families. Your commitment to those who need us most is commendable.
Attaining legal permanence is not always about finding a new family.
In some instances, it is about legally re-defining roles of existing family
members or establishing legal relationships with other adults who have a
family-like relationship with children through guardianship. Although
different from adoption, the adjustment to these newly defined responsibilities
can be just as complicated, including the need to address
children’s trauma and the changes in family dynamics. Social service
professionals can better serve guardianship families by learning about the
dynamics of the family’s permanent relationships, factors that influenced
their decision-making in choosing the guardianship option, and how those
decisions might affect the family’s current situation.
Today’s society is recognizing the experiences and needs of transgender people as never before. This trend is most evident in our nation’s schools, where an increasing number of transgender and gender-expansive students live openly as their authentic selves. At the same time, parents, students, educators, administrators and other stakeholders are working together to determine the best ways to support these