Diane Nunn, Division Director of the Center for Families, Children & the Courts, is to receive the First Annual Mark Hardin Award for Child Welfare Scholarship and Systems Change. The award will be presented to Nunn due to her work embodying “Mark’s leadership style, characterized by humility, a ‘willingness to serve,’ and a deep driving compassion for children and families.” As an attorney, she focused on family and criminal law and served as a juvenile court referee for the Superior Court of Los Angeles. According to Justice Richard Huffman, Chair of the California Blue Ribbon Commission on Children in Foster Care, “Diane Nunn was a key architect of California’s legal framework for juvenile dependency practice, a tireless advocate for children, and a leader who has inspired literally hundreds of us in California and around the country.” Click here to learn more about Diane Nunn and the Mark Hardin Award.
Come hear readings and see slide presentations by Fostering Art students who are current and former foster youth. These students participated in an intensive summer workshop and have written prose, poetry and short narratives chronicling their personal journeys in foster care and exploring their roles in the democratic process while examining their hopes for the future. Click here for more information on these events.
The recently formed Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth has introduced legislation critical to unleashing the educational potential of students in foster care.
A group of federal lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have found common ground on critical legislation that promises to streamline information exchange between education and foster care.
The Access to Papers Leads to Uninterrupted Scholars Act (A+ Act), would eliminate longstanding tension between the protection of personal student records and federal mandates on public foster care agencies. The aim: to help ensure educational stability and success for foster youth.
In 2008, the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act stiffened mandates on child welfare administrations to ensure, whenever possible, foster youth are not bumped from school to school as they bounce from home to home, and that — if a move is in the best interest of the child — his or her records are transferred in a timely manner. As foster care agencies across the country tried to live up to the law’s mandates, they kept bumping up against FERPA, which compels schools and school districts to jump through time-consuming hoops before releasing data critical to social workers.
For experts, advocates and administrators, the new legislation is an opportunity to change the way foster care and education work together towards the shared goal of improving educational outcomes for foster youth. Further, the A+ Act would allow for inter-agency data sharing, which experts agree would increase the chance of successful interventions to improve the dismaying educational outcomes students in foster care face.
Read the full article at the Chronicle of Social Change