A robust and necessary conversation is taking place in New York about raising the age of criminal responsibility from 16 to 18 years old. New York and North Carolina remain the only two states that still treat 16- and 17-year-olds as adults, despite what we now know about neuroscience and adolescent development. Those in favor of raising the age often point to adolescents’ limitations when it comes to impulse control, empathy, and consequential thinking in parti
This week the latest national data on children in foster care and their educational outcomes was released. Though it is hopeful to see a little reduction in the absolute number of youth living in foster care, it was painful to read how poorly they fare compared to all children. Almost two-thirds of the nearly 400,000 youth in care are of school age.
Imagine yourself as an adolescent. A fellow classmate who has been annoying you the whole year finally goes too far—he talks about your girlfriend. As a response, you use profanity, and you and the classmate start yelling at each other. Are you disrupting the classroom? Of course. The teacher hears the two of you. Instead of pulling both of you aside to have a conversation, or sending you to the principal’s office, he summons a police officer from the hallway.
Today Cindy’s alarm went off at 5am, and it was still dark outside her window. She doesn’t work until 9:00 am but she had to go to a home visit on the other side of the city. Exhausted from being up late on the phone with one of her clients the night before, she arrived at her home visit with no one responding to the doorbell. After about half an hour she was ready to give up, and the caregiver opened the door rubbing her eyes. The caregiver expected Cindy at 7:00 pm, not 7:00 am—miscommunication strikes again. However, still able to conduc
Decentralizing child welfare services has proven to be better for children, families and community. This has been good child welfare practice for decades. Last week, Commissioner Ambrose announced the final community umbrella agencies (CUAs) selected to advance her goal of system decentralization for Improving Outcomes for Children (IOC).