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Items relating to the work of the DC Council's Committee on Human Services, including work of similar agencies in other jurisdictions.
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New Report: Mentally ill adolescents in isolation on Rikers Island

New Report: Mentally ill adolescents in isolation on Rikers Island | DC Council Human Services | Scoop.it
The New York City Board of Correction released a report last week that documents the stories of three adolescents who were sentenced to more than 200 days in isolation on Rikers Island.
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Survey of Police Chiefs Yields Distressing Responses Regarding Juvenile Justice

Survey of Police Chiefs Yields  Distressing Responses Regarding Juvenile Justice | DC Council Human Services | Scoop.it
A new report released by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) takes a look at law enforcement perspectives on young offenders and juvenile justice system collaboration.
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Mixed report on N.J. child welfare system reveals rise in children abused after leaving foster care

Mixed report on N.J. child welfare system reveals rise in children abused after leaving foster care | DC Council Human Services | Scoop.it
TRENTON — The percentage of foster children who were abused again within a year of returning to their families rose 23 percent from 2010 to 2011, according to the latest report measuring the court-supervised effort to improve New Jersey's child...
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N.H.’s safety net for children has holes in it - New Hampshire Business Review - October 4 2013

N.H.’s safety net for children has holes in it - New Hampshire Business Review - October 4 2013 | DC Council Human Services | Scoop.it
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Hatch Child Welfare Bill Proposes Major Reforms of APPLA Option, Congregate Care, and Chafee Education Grants

Hatch Child Welfare Bill Proposes Major Reforms of APPLA Option, Congregate Care, and Chafee Education Grants | DC Council Human Services | Scoop.it
A bill introduced yesterday would forbid child welfare systems from setting long-term foster care as an option for foster youths under the age of 16, limit the use of group homes and residential care for children under 13, and extend the age...
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House food stamp bill would shift burden for the poor to the states

House food stamp bill would shift burden for the poor to the states | DC Council Human Services | Scoop.it
The House food-stamp bill passed on Thursday shifts some of the burden of caring for the poor to the states.
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As many as 8 of every 10 welfare applicants in 2013 denied by Pa., Inquirer has found

As many as 8 of every 10 welfare applicants in 2013 denied by Pa., Inquirer has found | DC Council Human Services | Scoop.it
The state of Pennsylvania has denied as many as eight of every 10 applications for cash welfare in 2013, a major increase over previous years, an Inquirer review of Department of Public Welfare figures shows.
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CLASP | Issues | In Focus | Subsidized Employment Helps Long-Term Unemployed Reconnect to Workforce

CLASP   |  Issues   |  In Focus   |  Subsidized Employment Helps Long-Term Unemployed Reconnect to Workforce | DC Council Human Services | Scoop.it
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Federal Juvenile Justice Law Deserves Protecting

Federal Juvenile Justice Law Deserves Protecting | DC Council Human Services | Scoop.it
by Jill Ward “It is therefore the further declared policy of Congress to provide the necessary resources, leadership, and coordination (1) to develop and implement effective methods of preventing and reducing juvenile delinquency; (2) to develop and...
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OP-ED: Celebrating the ‘My Kid Test’ and Patience in Chicago

OP-ED: Celebrating the ‘My Kid Test’ and Patience in Chicago | DC Council Human Services | Scoop.it
When you bring a couple hundred good people together on a Friday in downtown Chicago, you can expect a party to break out. But if those people also happen to be juvenile justice policy wonks, the party becomes a symposium, and some work gets done.
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D.C. worker accused of stealing over $700,000

D.C. worker accused of stealing over $700,000 | DC Council Human Services | Scoop.it
Aretha Holland-Jackson, a D.C. social worker, allegedly stole cash, food stamps and health benefits.
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Defense lawyers in every case of juvenile justice?

Defense lawyers in every case of juvenile justice? | DC Council Human Services | Scoop.it
Draft legislation coming out of a state legislative committee on juvenile justice seems to assume the system is failing because a lot of children and their families opt not to use a defense lawyer.
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Nearly Half of U.S. States Enact Juvenile Justice Reforms

Nearly Half of U.S. States Enact Juvenile Justice Reforms | DC Council Human Services | Scoop.it
The public remains largely unaware that 95 percent of juveniles tried in adult courts nationwide are non-violent offenders.
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OP-ED: Reducing the Social Distance Between Minority Teens and Police

OP-ED: Reducing the Social Distance Between Minority Teens and Police | DC Council Human Services | Scoop.it
Emory Bogardus developed in the 1920s the “social distance scale,” which has been used extensively to measure attitudes among racial groups. Bogardus’ research found that as contact and familiarity increase, social distance decreases.
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Bill looks to keep juvenile offenders out of system - The Badger Herald

Bill looks to keep juvenile offenders out of system - The Badger Herald | DC Council Human Services | Scoop.it
A move to overturn the state law to try 17-year-olds as adults could allow better access to the services they need to avoid staying ...
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Time to Affirm What We Mean by 'Juvenile' - Room for Debate

Time to Affirm What We Mean by 'Juvenile' - Room for Debate | DC Council Human Services | Scoop.it
Shifting young people out of the adult criminal justice system altogether and into the juvenile justice system is the right thing to do. By Annie Salsich.
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Adoption Certification Requirement Compounds Foster Care Shortage in L.A.

Adoption Certification Requirement Compounds Foster Care Shortage in L.A. | DC Council Human Services | Scoop.it
Los Angeles County’s Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) is at a crossroads. While the number of children coming into the system steadily climbs, the number of suitable homes where they can be placed continues to dwindle.
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Focus on the Figures: First Entries into Foster Care, by Race

Focus on the Figures: First Entries into Foster Care, by Race | DC Council Human Services | Scoop.it
Every other week, The Chronicle of Social Change will feature one key indicator from Kidsdata, which offers comprehensive data about the health and well being of children across California.
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Critics Question Maine Governor's Welfare Claims

Critics Question Maine Governor's Welfare Claims | DC Council Human Services | Scoop.it
MPBN, Maine News and PBS programming. See television and radio highlights, web exclusives, and NPR News.
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Getting Adults on Board for Alternatives to Locking Up Kids

Getting Adults on Board for Alternatives to Locking Up Kids | DC Council Human Services | Scoop.it
stevendepolo / Flickr (license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/) From the Center for Public Integrity:  The idea of hauling young offenders into court — and hoping lockup will change them — no longer appeals to a host of experts who...
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Disparities in Child Welfare: Considering the Implementation of Differential Response

Disparities in Child Welfare: Considering the Implementation of Differential Response | DC Council Human Services | Scoop.it
This brief is a precursor to forthcoming data and research about the impact, or lack of it, connected to differential response strategies in child welfare services.
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Lawmakers vote to override Mo. foster care bill

Lawmakers vote to override Mo. foster care bill | DC Council Human Services | Scoop.it
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Missouri lawmakers have voted to override Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of legislation requiring an additional set of fingerprints of foster parents.
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Neb. high court settles parental notification law

Neb. high court settles parental notification law | DC Council Human Services | Scoop.it
(AP) — The state must notify a noncustodial father who pays child support of any action to place his child in protective custody or foster care, the Nebraska Supreme Court said Friday even as it determined that the state's laws regarding parental...
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