• January 2021
  • Vol. 22, No. 1

Current Theme or Topic

The focus of this edition is transitions—transitions we have begun making as a field and those we must make to become a more just, equitable, and humane system. Children's Bureau leadership reached out to a number of experts to invite them to share their wisdom on three particular types of transition: transitions in how we think about child welfare, transitions of leadership, and the transition so many of our young people make from foster care to life on their own. While these categories are listed separately, they are inextricably linked and deeply shape one another. Reading them together is a demonstration of how our thoughts shape our actions and how our actions and commitments—at all levels—shape the outcomes we achieve. Transitioning to a system that proactively supports families is key to promoting justice for children and families.

  • Beautiful Gifts and Lumps of Coal
    Written by Jerry MilnerAs we transition from 2020 to 2021, the newsfeeds on my phone and the few glimpses of live news I see when passing through an airport applaud the passing of 2020 as one of...

  • Trauma, Broken Promises, and Aloneness
    Written by David KellyThat we allow young people to leave foster care without the relationships and sense of belonging that every person needs is clear evidence that we must change child welfare...

  • Transitioning to an Antiracist Organization
    Written by David A. Hansell, commissioner, New York City Administration for Children's Services For far too long, racial disparities have existed in child welfare systems across the country,...

  • Transitioning to Love for All Families
    Written by Alise Morrissey, director of family impact, Children's Home Society of Washington, and a parent allyFamily is at the center of our society—when our families are strong, our communities...

  • 2020 Taught Us How to Not Fail Our Children
    Written by Laura W. Boyd, Ph.D., owner and chief executive officer, Policy & Performance Consultants, Inc. As I write this, I am really excited about 2021. Of course, that is easy and obvious...

  • Using What We Know to Better Support Transition-Aged Youth in Foster Care
    Written by Jennifer Pokempner, senior attorney, Juvenile Law Center, Philadelphia, PA The transition to adulthood is a time of great potential for all young people, but young people in foster...

  • Securing and Restoring the Family Is in the Child’s Best Interests
    Written by Jey Rajaraman, chief counsel, Legal Services of New Jersey, Edison, NJ   The child welfare system needs to commit to the basic and simple principle that securing and supporting...

  • It’s Not Case Closed; Transitions Take Time
    Written by Kaylene Quinones, M.S.W., cofounder, The Bravehearts, and coordinator, BraveLife Intervention at The Children's Village; and Jessica Grimm, cofounder, The Bravehearts  Transitions...

  • Abolition Asks Us to Stretch and Grow
    Written by Rise staffAs the pandemic began this spring and New York City families found themselves confined to small apartments with restless children, trying to home school, short on food, and...

  • From Trauma to Triumph
    Written by Keri Richmond, executive director, FosterStrong, and child welfare reform advocate How can we ensure young people transition from the trauma of foster care to claiming triumph in...

  • Redefining "Child Welfare Expert"
    Written by Jaquia Wilson, youth advocate and community engagement coordinator, SaySo (Strong Able Youth Speaking Out), Fayetteville, NC At 15 years old, I never said, "I want to go into foster...

  • Aging Out of Foster Care: Reflection on Transition and Transformation
    Written by Carol Wilson Spigner, D.S.W., emerita associate professor/clinician educator, University of PennsylvaniaThis article highlights what we know about youth aging out of foster care and the...