Lawsuit Pits Faith-Based Adoption Agencies Against Michigan’s Anti-Discrimination Policy

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Spotlight on Baltimore pipeline deal … Los Angeles Sheriff putting aside misconduct investigations … Washington state works on debt-collection bills.

How Local Food Banks Can Help Feed Hungry Kids at School

COMMENTARY | It's not just about school meal programs. Organizations can help ensure that students have food after school hours and over the weekend.

Why Engaging Young People Is Vital For City Leaders

“Mayors are figuring out that if you do not have kids at the table ... you’re probably not a very good mayor.”

Mental Health Trails Metal Detectors in School Safety Dollars

Gunmen killed 56 people in U.S. school shootings in 2018. While most states have prioritized investment in physical infrastructure, like surveillance cameras, some are starting to look at mental health treatment availability as well.

The Consequences of Teen Motherhood Can Last for Generations

Declining rates of adolescent pregnancy come with a catch.

One in Eight NYC Students is Homeless by Fifth Grade

New research found that homelessness among students in New York City varied widely depending on geography and ethnicity.

As Need Grows, States Try to Entice New Foster Parents

States are using new campaigns, including online ads, to recruit foster parents.

The Soaring Cost of Child Care In 5 Charts

The cost of raising children has gotten so overwhelming for so many families that policymakers on both the federal and state levels are floating proposals.

The Coming Care Crisis as Kids With Autism Grow Up

The number of adults with autism diagnoses is soaring, but there aren’t enough programs and services to meet the demand.

Foster Parents Have Become Professionals in Some States

The idea of hiring professional foster parents to take care of children is controversial, but is being tested as a solution to the shortage of families in these state systems.

President Trump Signs Extension of Federal Welfare Program

“While short-term extensions can be challenging for states, we are committed to working with Congress on a long-term reauthorization that provides certainty for states and families,” according to Scott Pattison, the executive director of the National Governors Association.

As States Monitor Federal Shutdown, One Could Run Out of TANF Funding in February

The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program's authorization expired in December, prompting states to use limited leftover funds.

Millions of College Students Are Going Hungry

A new government report highlights just how pervasive the problem is.

Amid Shutdown, Feds Figure Out Ways to Fund Food Stamp Benefits. For Now.

States have until Jan. 20 to request an early issuance to make sure they receive February SNAP funding.

New Rules Could Open More Homes to Foster Kids

The proposed federal guidelines would eliminate square footage and bedroom requirements, among other changes.

The ‘Narrative of Improvement’ vs. the Reality of San Francisco Homelessness

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | State employment in Rhode Island surges … first-of-its-kind ban on tiny toiletries … and a mayor fails to announce he put his police chief on unpaid leave.

A Growing Need for Aging-in-Place Services in Suburbs and Rural Areas

A new Harvard study found that the share of older adults living in low-density metro census tracts grew by more than 6 million people from 2000 to 2016.

Looming Work Requirements Demand A New Approach to Government Assistance

COMMENTARY | Instituting work requirements does not mean that people get jobs, keep jobs, or advance in jobs. The focus needs to be kept on the end game—economic stability and mobility—not administrative indicators.