Man Still Fighting 40-year Sentence for Nonlethal Crime He Committed As 14-year-old

What was about to happen on Feb. 4, 1999, would drastically accelerate the trajectory of Christopher Thomas’ life, which had been spiraling downhill since birth, and end up with him getting sentenced to 40 years in prison as an unarmed tagalong in a nonlethal shooting. Seventeen years later, he is in prison still trying to understand how he got such a harsh sentence in a life that was never really his own.

Foster Youth Bring Their Priorities to Capitol Hill

Foster youth sometimes get the chance to respond to lawmakers’ child welfare agendas.
Based on a survey of more than 500 current and former foster youth in more than 25 states, they’ll stress to policymakers the importance of policies that maintain sibling connections, prevent homelessness, ensure college access and success and help former foster youth live independently.

Is U.S. Opioid Crisis Straining State Child Welfare Systems?

While a national opioid crisis rages, the number of child welfare cases surges natinoally. Is this more than a coincidence?

“Both things are true, that we are seeing a spike in opioid use disorders and we’re seeing an increase in foster care placements,” said Sharon Amatetti, MPH, a chief at the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment at SAMHSA, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. “But we can’t say that one is directly causing the other.”

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How Many Children Are in the Foster Care Twilight Zone?

When cases involving children needlessly torn from their families would arise in Texas — like this one and this one — advocates for taking away more children had a stock reply: The cases are aberrations, they would claim, Texas takes away relatively few children.

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Stop TANF from Being the Child Welfare Slush Fund

In the great debate over child welfare finance reform, few are paying attention to one of the biggest scandals surrounding how we pay for child welfare right now: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) has become a child welfare slush fund.