Stoneleigh Blog

By Candace Putter | Dec 11th, 2012

In 2008, when Jose was released from his nine-month stay in a Pennsylvania residential placement for his auto theft adjudication and returned to Philadelphia, he had a 1 in 10 chance of graduating from high school, according to the Johns Hopkins study, “Unfulfilled Promise”.  Without marketable skills, he was likely to join the ranks of the young unemployed, and his chances of landing in prison as an adult were significantly higher than his chances of landing in a family sustaining career.

By Brittany Anuszkiewicz | Nov 6th, 2012

"My future is to have a happy family, have a career, be something in life, be a role model, and teach people the right thing." These are the aspirations of one ninth grade foster youth at the Arise Academy Charter High School. Unfortunately, for too many youth in foster care, without the necessary guidance and support from committed and caring adults, dreams often fade into a harsh and bitter struggle for survival.

By Diana Millner | Sep 17th, 2012

The Children's Defense Fund released the State of America's Children 2012 Handbook last month, an annual compilation of national data on child well-being, as well as its Portrait of Inequality which focuses on the state of the most vulnerable black and Latino children and youth in America.

By Kerriann Laubach | Aug 30th, 2012

When my supervisor, Gregory Volz, trained his first group of students to run a youth court in Chester, PA, he asked them “What is the law?” as a simple introductory question. After a long silence, one student hesitatingly raised a hand and said, “The law is… when they indict you for something that you did not do.” Gregg cites this quote in a law review article on youth courts.

By Joelle Ruben | Aug 15th, 2012

Every day in Pennsylvania, child welfare professionals gather and assess information to make critical decisions about the commonwealth’s youngest citizens. Shouldn’t we similarly expect policymakers, who establish the guidelines for child welfare professionals, to base their own legislative proposals on data and experience instead of emotion and conjecture?