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County’s proposed Best Starts for Kids levy, explained

According to neurologists, fully 85 percent of human brain growth is completed during the first three years of life. It’s a recognition that's driving a…

Getting ready for the Big One

My Roosevelt neighbors sleep with hard hats, boots, flashlights and emergency preparedness booklets under their beds. Some of us are members of our neighborhood First…

Charles Johnson: Subdue racism by ‘Taming the Ox’ of the self

In an ancient Buddhist parable, an ox runs away from a young herder. A series of ten drawings shows the boy searching everywhere for the…

How to keep foster youth from becoming homeless youth

“Seven” grew up in a repressive authoritarian cult. She was so isolated from the world, she didn’t know what TV was until she was 12.…

How public-private collaboration built a home for those with mental illness

How did a tiny Seattle nonprofit convince, cajole, nag and inspire almost a dozen public and private organizations, including some very big ones, to join…

3 novel programs help parents bring street youth back home

Sixteen-year-old Sarah ran away from home repeatedly. Her parents would call the police and Children's Administration, to no avail. Finally they called Friends of Youth,…

Writing for change

Researching Washington’s foster care system changed my sense of the territory, and I hope my stories brought about some changes in the way Crosscut readers…

Serving homeless youth with a continuum of customized care

“I’m not afraid of sleeping outside,” says the scowling, scruffy young man I'll call Ned. He’s homeless because his girlfriend broke up with him and…

For foster kids, grownup mentors make all the difference

The girl’s father lost job after job. Her family often lived on throwaway food begged from local grocery stores. Stressed out and drinking heavily, her…

Should Washington create special family courts?

Our legal system ensures that bankruptcy, maritime and copyright cases are heard by presiding judges who have special legal expertise in those respective domains. Why…

New hub home approach helps support – and recruit – foster parents

If you've ever considered becoming a foster parent, did doubts hold you back? Maybe raising a traumatized youngster sounded daunting. Maybe you'd heard that DSHS…
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