Children First’s Report Series on COVID’s Impact on Children – READ THE COUNTY REPORTS HERE


Children First is a leading member of a growing coalition of advocates that is pushing for more progressive strategies to eliminate the disproportionate representation of Black and Brown children in the dependent and delinquent systems, reduce the number of youth who are removed from their families and placed in secure detention and residential facilities, and provide the services that ensure children who are removed from their homes receive the education, health care, and healing supports they need to return home ready for a lifetime of success.  

Children First successfully advocated for a new set of principles to drive the City of Philadelphia’s approach to placement of any youth in a residential facility including:

  • 提供高质量的当地连续照料,以在限制最小的环境中和距离社区更近的地方支持我们的青年;
  • 一种实践理论,其中包括以创伤为依据的护理模式;和
  • 从安置到返回社区的准备工作,包括与成年人的永久联系,有意义的教育计划和个性化治疗。

Having succeeded in advocating for the creation of a independent youth ombudsman office in Philadelphia, Children First champions the safety and well-being of our children through:

  • 审查住宅设施中的私立教育计划-客观评估教育计划的质量并建立质量指标,以客观地对这些计划进行评分并确定需要改进的地方。
  • 消除对确定的轻罪和缓刑技术性侵犯的拘留–废除对年轻人的不必要,非暴力的轻罪和技术性缓刑的不必要拘留,这些行为对黑人和布朗青年的影响不成比例,并且不影响社区安全。

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