Category Archives: Youth at Risk

Are Texas Juvenile Correctional Facilities Improving?

The Austin-American Statesman reported last week on a survey of Texas youth offenders that shows that more juveniles are feeling safer in state-run facilities. The report also shows that additional reforms must be implemented. A survey of more than 100 youths at a Central Texas juvenile correctional facility demonstrates the need for more reforms in […]

LAST DAY to Register Early for the 11th Zealous Advocacy Conference in Houston, Texas

Today is the LAST DAY to register early and save 60% on the 11th Annual Zealous Advocacy Conference. After today, the $80 early registration fee rises to $200. Don’t miss your chance to register TODAY! 11th Annual Zealous Advocacy Conference Theme: Child Development & Juvenile Justice Date: Friday, March 23 and Saturday, March 24, 2012 Location: University of […]

South Dakota House Committee Passes New “Sexting” Definition on to Full House Vote

South Dakota lawmakers passed a key legislative hurdle yesterday to redefine “sexting” in their state’s laws:  A South Dakota lawmaker more narrowly defined “juvenile sexting” on Monday, saying he doesn’t think the illegal activity should fall under the child pornography law. An amended version of Mitchell Republican Sen. Mike Vehle’s bill passed the House Judiciary […]

A Link Between the Death Penalty and Juvenile Justice

As a death penalty attorney for over twenty-five years, David Dow asks us to consider the bigger picture in a death row inmate’s story. Over 75% of death row inmates have a previous history with the juvenile justice system. Dow emphasizes the need for effective intervention and prevention during childhood. Check out his presentation. TEDxAustin […]

Only 6 weeks until the 11th Annual Zealous Advocacy Conference!

We are only six weeks from the 11th Annual Zealous Advocacy Conference, held annually at the University of Houston Law Center. More importantly, we are only 18 DAYS from the close of early registration. After March 1st, the $80 early registration fee rises to $200. Take advantage of the early fee by registering today! You can register […]

Overmedicating of Children in Foster Care

Children in foster care are 13 times more likely to be medicated with powerful psychotropic drugs than children not in foster care. According to a new federal report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), there have even been instances where doctors prescribed doses beyond what the Food and Drug Administration have approved. As a CASA […]

Should negligent child welfare workers spend time behind bars?

NPR covered an intriguing story last week about a pending New York criminal case that may have repercussions for child welfare workers across the country. Chereece Bell was a CPS supervisor in New York City. She supervised some of the worst cases of abuse in Brooklyn in an agency department called the “Hospital Unit.” When […]

New Poverty Stats: What They Mean and How Texas Compares Nationally

After CPPP’s “Kids Count” report about Texas children was released a few weeks ago (covered here by Chloe), some new sobering statistics were released about the state of children around the nation. The U.S. Census Bureau released a report detailing the number of people in the United States living in poverty and without health insurance. Here’s […]

Words into Action? Outcome to be Determined… Texas Foster Care System Redesign

Senate Bill 218 went into effect this month. Section 11 of this bill requires the Texas Department of Family Services (DFPS) to “implement a redesign of the foster care system,” in accordance with the Foster Care Redesign Report submitted in January 2011. The Foster Care Redesign Report discusses the lack of local services available to […]

Kids Count in Texas

Several of the Rosenberg Scholars attend the Center for Public Policy Priorities Kids Count briefing yesterday at the United Way. CPPP and Kids Count have a wealth of data on children in Texas and across the nation.  You can view Texas statistics county by county or see how Texas compares to other states.  The uplifting news was that organizations […]

Is our justice system just? – Clemency for Sara Kruzan

The story of Sara Kruzan is complicated and compelling. Growing up in Riverside, California, Sara’s life was plagued by abuse: she was molested by several men, gang raped by neighbors, and emotionally and verbally abused by her mother. Despite this abuse, Sara excelled in school, sports, and a social life. Her life changed when, at […]

Leadership & Policy Forum on Truancy and Dropout Prevention

“Every 29 seconds, another student gives up on school, resulting in more than one million American dropouts a year – or 6,000 every day.”   — Do Something.Org Today, American public schools are rife with high absenteeism and low graduation rates. Essentially, many students do not feel compelled to come to school for a variety of factors. This […]