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Video Game-Themed Writing Workshops Draw Homeless Teens Together in a Time of Isolation

Study player one: Bronx shelters team up with industry pros to launch pandemic after-school program offering a precious chance for mentorship.

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Youth Find Silver Lining in Child Welfare Shift to Telehealth During Pandemic

A new survey by city medical and mental health providers for the child welfare system discovered online therapy means more kids are getting help. There’s a growing push to keep the system in place when the COVID-19 crisis ends.

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Drawing Lessons From Protests, Black Women’s Group Makes Holidays Happier for Foster Kids

Kimberly Bernard and Caroline Gombé show that in addition to demonstrating against what you don’t want in your community, you also have to fight for what you do.

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State Moves to Ban Face-Down Restraining Hold at Foster Care Facilities

So-called prone restraints involve adult guards pinning allegedly unruly children on the floor. The move can be deadly.

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As Cuomo Shutters Schools in COVID Flare Zones, Ground Rules Lag for Child Welfare Reports During Remote Learning

State Office of Children and Family Services says advice to educators on how to handle kids who fail to sign in for online classes is coming — but not for another few weeks.

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With School Start Confusion, New Concern Over Child Welfare Probes of Kids Lacking Tech

Hundreds of reports in the spring led to investigations of families whose kids failed to log on for remote learning. Advocates warn that little has changed since.

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