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How a home for troubled children came undone and what it means for California’s chance at reform. More »

This is the story of Sule Anibaba, who worked as a counselor at the group home for troubled children in Davis, California, for five years, emerging both damaged and ashamed. Watch the video »

Illustrated film explores the dangers faced by residents and staff at a group home that housed some of California’s most disturbed and troubled children. More »

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For Many of Connecticut’s Disabled, Home Is Where the Harm Is

Again and again, the disabled turned up in emergency rooms only to have the injuries they’d suffered in the state’s group homes go uninvestigated.

Alerted to Danger, New York City Failed to Curb Harm at Group Homes

New York’s child welfare agency’s system for “heightened monitoring” of some troubled group homes did not ensure safety.

Investigation Exposes Failings of Oversight in NYC Group Homes

City investigators say oversight was so lax at homes for juvenile offenders that violent episodes were “all but inevitable.”

Report Cites Failure to Act Against Abusers of Juveniles in Detention

Amid significant reforms, federal officials worry that sexual abuse in juvenile justice system remains prevalent and too often unpunished.

California Backs off Group Homes, Looks to Lean on Foster Families

As California dismantles its beleaguered system of youth group homes, state lawmakers bet big on expanding foster care.

Los Angeles County Examines Troubled Group Home’s Finances

As a group home for some of the state’s most troubled children prepares to close, county auditors are poring over its finances.

Troubled California Group Home to Close

Management’s decision to close a home in Long Beach ends one crisis, but the state is still seeking answers for dealing with its most troubled children.

‘No Place for a Kid to Go’

In Long Beach, California, a group home for troubled children sinks into crisis.

In Rare Step, Workers at California Group Home Unionize

Frontline employees at a San Francisco home for some of California’s most troubled children bid for better pay and a greater role in treatment.

Widespread Problems With Group Home Agency Prompt City to Cut Ties

Boys Town becomes third agency to fail as New York City tries new model for juvenile offenders.

Violent Crimes Mar Effort at Less Restrictive Homes for Children

The arrest of three runaway boys shines light on New York City’s latest program for troubled youth.

Congress to Consider Scaling Down Group Homes for Troubled Children

At a hearing in Washington, a renewed call for addressing the violence and neglect that plagues group homes for foster youth.

Investigations of California Group Homes Marked By Delays and Uncertainty

When California’s Department of Social Services investigates reports of serious harm in its homes for troubled children, the results are often deemed “inconclusive.”

Podcast: Reporting the How and Why After a Disaster

Joaquin Sapien on investigating the failure of a group home for children, from drug use, fights and suicide attempts to allegations of rape.

Level 14

How a home for troubled children came undone and what it means for California’s chance at reform.

Level 14: Inside One of California’s Most Dangerous Juvenile Homes

Video: Inside One of California's Most Dangerous Juvenile Homes

Investigative Journalism, Illustrated: A Q&A With Level 14 Creators

How We Reported ‘Level 14’

Reporter Joaquin Sapien explains the process of investigating a home for troubled children in California.

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