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Our Kids

Our Kids: The Challenge and Opportunity of Philadelphia’s child welfare system is a project of Resolve Philly. We cover the foster care system through solutions journalism and ongoing  community engagement work with those most directly affected. This year, with support from the Stoneleigh Foundation, we’re expanding the project to include two journalism fellows and a community advisory board—all with lived experience of the foster care system—to lend their power to this work.

Steve Volk is Resolve’s solutions investigative reporter and he leads this project; various other members of Team Resolve work directly and indirectly on Our Kids through community engagement, communications, and more.

Here is a selection of recent Our Kids reporting:

Philly took $5 million in foster children’s Social Security payments

That money, however, was being collected by Philadelphia’s Department of Human Services.

Bill would bar Philly from keeping Social Security payments...

Gym’s legislation would end the practice, requiring the city to save the money for the youths...

In the Child Welfare System, Black Families Should Matter

“I was like, ‘I didn’t do anything wrong. You know that now, and you’re still keeping my kids?’”

Click here to see all of the work we've completed for Our Kids.