Sesame Street is now addressing homelessness. Lily, a seven year old muppet, is homeless, and last week Sesame Street in Communities convened a forum, inviting experts to launch its newest initiative. Panel members included LaShawn Haye, Project Hope Alliance, Kate Barrand,Horizons for Homeless Children, Karen Hudson, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Barbara Duffield, SchoolHouse Connection, Jasmine Hayes, the US Interagency Council on Homelessness, and it was moderated by Rocio Galarza from Sesame Community.
The population of youth in foster care in the United States has increased for the fifth consecutive year, according to a report from the federal Department of Health and Human Services. However, a national nonprofit publication said there are signs that number could be plateauing.
The annual Adoption and Foster Care Analysis Reporting System’s annual report showed 442,995 youth living in foster care as of Sept. 30, 2017. That is a 1.5 percent increase from the previous year.
For the last decade, the U.S. has made steady progress on insuring its children — specifically moving from about 10 percent of children being uninsured in 2008 to about 5% in 2016. Troublingly, that trend seemed to go in the opposite direction in 2017, according to a recent report by the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute’s Center for Children and Families (CCF).
Missouri Coalition of Children’s Agencies presented Representative David Wood with the Champion of Children Award at its conference in Springfield, Missouri, November 13. Representative Wood, a Missouri House member who serves Morgan and parts of Moniteau and Miller Counties, has truly championed the causes of Missouri’s most vulnerable children during his six years in office.