KoalaEvery state needs more foster / adoptive families and better emergency shelters for abused children.

The shortage reflected in the articles and stories below point to one more overwhelmed part of America’s troubled child protection system.  The sadness I’ve witnessed as a volunteer CASA guardian ad litem working with abused and neglected children in Minnesota’s child protection system is worse in other states.  This video captures Florida’s current foster problems

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The password is foster

In many states children are being left in hospitals and state facilities because there are no foster / adoptive homes.

Some states pay a base rate to foster families lower than the actual cost of feeding a child and almost no help for adoptive families.

  1. Too many states make it hard for grandparents and other family members to adopt or foster a state ward child.
  2. Some states provide far to little help to foster /adoptive families for the trauma & behavioral problems state ward children often bring with them into the home.

A quick review of the articles herein give you a sense of the depth and scope of the problems state ward children are facing and a better understanding of why so few of the 12 million children reported to child protection in this nation each year are receiving the help they need to become contributing members of our communities.

These sad stories go a long way in explaining why schools are so troubled and jails are so full.

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This article from the Chronicle for Social Change gives a concise explanation of current circumstances in foster care.

Arizona foster kids removed from 6 homes after sexual allegation

azcentral.com

State officials removed dozens of children in foster care from six group homes amid an investigation by the Arizona Department of Child Safety.

Arizona’s Department of Child Safety removes kids from group homes – ABC15 Arizona

DCS pulls 47 foster kids from group homes after allegation of se – azfamily.com 3TV | Phoenix … – AZFamily

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Heroin epidemic wrecks families, stresses foster system

WTSP.com

There is a spike in the number of children removed from parents due to heroin use, and officials are seeking more foster families to provide care.

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Child Welfare Ideas from the Experts, #12: Federal Foster Home Preservation Strategies

The Chronicle of Social Change

The Chronicle of Social Change is highlighting each of the policy recommendations made this summer by the participants of the Foster Youth …

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Hundreds of Notts children awaiting foster homes

Retford Times

As part of their ongoing recruitment drive, the county council is inviting people who are interested in becoming foster carers to drop into Retford Library …

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Open house offered for those considering being foster parents

Hometown Focus

ST. LOUIS COUNTY – The need for loving foster homes in St. Louis County remains at an all time high. To make it easier for people considering …

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County needs foster parents

Budgeeter News

Often due to parents‘ drug addictions and/or mental illness, children have to remain in foster care for longer periods. An average of 700 children are in …

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Informational Session For Potential Foster Parents

KDAL

DULUTH, MN (KDAL) – St. Louis County social workers will be holding an open house and information session on Thursday for potential foster parents …

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Group home caters to LGBT foster children

Cronkite News

Redmond said she wanted to provide a real home for LGBT foster children and her group home was immediately at capacity. They usually go on …

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Guilford still in need of foster homes

Greensboro News & Record

The Guilford County Department of Health and Human Services holds monthly information sessions for people interested in becoming foster parents.

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The San Diego Union-Tribune

Senior couple step up as foster parents

The San Diego Union-Tribune

Susan and her husband, Dick, a retired college professor, are now foster parents who specialize in the temporary care of homeless infants and …

Angels Foster Family Network does things a little differently than the County program – San Diego Gay & Lesbian News

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Alton Telegraph

A call for foster families in Madison County

Alton Telegraph

Nearly 500 children in Madison County, such as 9-year-old Yaendi, are in need of loving foster families. Children in foster care stay with their foster …

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CBC.ca

Children’s Aid Society seeking diverse foster families

CBC.ca

With Windsor’s Children’s Aid Society reporting its number of foster families are at an all time low, it’s reaching out to the city’s cultural communities for …

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Pirate FM

APPEAL: Hundreds Of Children Need Foster Homes

Pirate FM

We are actively looking for responsible, nurturing adults who have a spare room and can give children and young people in need of a foster home the …

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Applications invited for foster home for children programme

The Hindu

Under Foster Care guidelines, 2015, and under the Juvenile Justice Act, applications are invited from parents seeking to provide foster home for …

The Racialization of Adoption – Charisma News

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Kansas City Star

Overhaul the Kansas foster care system

Kansas City Star

A top-to-bottom overhaul of the Kansas Department for Children and Families should follow a blistering audit that revealed the agency fails to properly …

Audit blasts Kansas foster care system over missed visits, background checks – Hays Daily News

Kansas Legislation finds some problems with Kansas foster care system – KVOE

Audit: Kansas foster care system puts children at risk – Daily Dunklin Democrat

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Meeting to highlight need for foster families

Gainesville Daily Register

Kitie Hermes said being foster parents is a “calling” which she and her husband Larry Hermes accepted without reservation. To help generate interest …

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New York Post

‘Disturbed’ kids at city foster-care center ‘drugged’ at hospital

New York Post

Dozens of kids housed in a city-run foster-care center are labeled “emotionally … and removed from their parents but not yet placed in foster homes.

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APNewsBreak: NYC Review of Foster Homes Finds No Abuse Cases

ABC News

Hundreds of foster homes run by a nonprofit that placed children with a man now suspected of child molestation have been given a clean bill of health …

APNewsBreak: NYC review of foster homes finds no abuse cases – Houston Chronicle

APNewsBreak: NYC review of foster homes finds no abuse cases – Tulsa World

AP NewsBreak: NYC review of foster homes finds no abusive – Bowling Green Daily News

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DNAinfo

After Tough Childhood In 8 Foster Homes, Chicagoan Will Graduate College

DNAinfo

CHICAGO — Ebony Isaac’s dream home has five rooms, two floors and a large closet for a collection of Air Jordan shoes. It’s the home Isaac would …

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Carroll County Times
The Providence Journal

DCYF reduces number of unlicensed foster homes, but hasn’t met promise to eliminate them

The Providence Journal

PROVIDENCE — The state’s troubled child welfare agency has reduced the number of unlicensed foster homes where it is allowing children to live in …

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Irish Times

Foster home‘ abuse investigation may be expanded

Irish Times

The Government is to consider expanding a commission of investigation examining abuse allegations at a “foster home” in the southeast to similar …

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PA home page

Can You Open Your Heart and Home to a Child? Foster Parents

PA home page

There are many children in need of foster homes. The I-Team’s Andy Mehalshick takes a look. This looks like any family home..kids talking..hanging …

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CBC.ca
Deutsche Welle

Würzburg attack unlikely to deter German foster parents

Deutsche Welle

Other social workers gave similar responses. “We still have more offers from potential foster families than we need,” said Udo Stein, the director of the …

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Mixer scheduled to help find homes for foster children

Boston Herald

WORCESTER, Mass. — More than 100 Massachusetts children in foster care who are looking for permanent homes are expected to attend an …

Mixer scheduled to help find homes for foster children – Washington Times

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KMBC Kansas City

Audit levels serious accusations against Kansas foster care system

KMBC Kansas City

The report said licensed foster care home background checks were not completed as part of the annual renewal process. For relative placements …

Audit: Kansas Foster Care System Puts Children at Risk – ABC News

Audit: Kansas foster care system puts children at risk – The Seattle Times

State audit: DCF fails to ensure safety of children in foster care – Wichita Eagle

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Siblings who are desperate to get to their foster homes

YouCaring

These two siblings were dumped like rubbish along with their siblings and are the first two to fly to UK foster. After nearly dying they are getting their …

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OregonLive.com

Oregon Youth Authority in ‘desperate need’ of foster homes for young offenders

OregonLive.com

The agency tasked with housing young criminal offenders said it was in “desperate need” of foster homes for three transgender youth in its custody.

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WGME

State calls for more foster homes to meet growing need

WGME

ORONO, Maine (BDN) — Maine Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew and local foster parents gathered Thursday …

State encouraging foster families – Lewiston Sun Journal

State: Drug crisis fueling foster care demand – Lexington Herald Leader

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Bangor Daily News

State calls for more foster homes to meet growing need

Bangor Daily News

ORONO, Maine — Maine Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew and local foster parents gathered Thursday at …

State Seeks More Foster Families, Citing Drug Abuse in Parents – Maine Public Broadcasting

Need for Foster Parents Rises As Drug Epidemic Grows – WABI

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KFDA

Shortage of foster parents leaves children homeless

KFDA

AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) – A shortage of foster parents has hundreds of children without a place to call home. About 16,000 children are in foster care in …

Black in Foster Care – The Chronicle of Social Change

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Florida Times-Union
Orillia Packet & Times

Foster families needed

Orillia Packet & Times

If children in foster care are to stay in their home regions, local families need to step up. That’s the message from a local non-profit agency responsible …

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Need for Foster Families on the Rise

WDTV

The need for finding foster families around the state is growing at an alarming rate. Many children are being turned away because there are not …

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BarrieToday

Foster home shortage forces kids to leave friends behind

BarrieToday

Good kids who’ve suffered through their parents‘ struggles are having to leave not just their homes, but the community they know, as child-welfare …

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County Responds to Critical Grand Jury Report on Foster Care System

VoiceofOC

Orange County officials are taking issue with a recent grand jury report that found the county has an inadequate number of foster homes, overworked …

Car show to benefit High Sky Children’s Ranch – San Angelo Standard Times

The Children’s Center of Wayne County and Slow Roll Detroit Raise Awareness for Foster Care in … – Press Release Rocket

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Norman Transcript
Parenting: Foster Care and Finding Forever Homes

LA Parent

Parenting: Foster Care and Finding Forever Homes. Published July 17, 2016. By Rina Baraz Nehdar. parenting. Lynne Baumhoff adopted her son …

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Bend Bulletin

Not enough foster homes for kids

Bend Bulletin

The state Department of Human Services needs more foster families and volunteers. The application process varies county to county, but those …

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KVUE.com

Texas in desperate need of foster parents, CPS says

KVUE.com

AUSTIN – There are more than 16 hundred children in foster care in Central Texas. More than half are placed in homes hours away from their friends …

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CNNMoney

From foster child to White House adviser

CNNMoney

“We were fortunate that we lived in good foster homes,” he recalls. Those experiences helped pave the way to Brigham Young University and …

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WBEZ

Illinois Agencies Urge Foster Parents To Take In LGBTQ Youth

WBEZ

The state of Illinois is trying to make sure there are more foster parents … Foster Care” seminar to call attention to the need for foster homes for these …

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WRDW-TV
Editorial: Foster children need real beds in real homes

Tampabay.com (blog)

To be sure, relocating these vulnerable children to group homes, foster homes or extended family members is delicate work that must ensure their …

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KRGV

Lack of Foster Homes, Emergency Shelters in the Valley

KRGV

Many of those children had to move out of the area because of a lack of foster homes and emergency shelters. From September 1 until now, 569 …

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FOX 7 Austin

Dire need for foster parents in Texas

FOX 7 Austin

There is a shortage of foster parents in Texas. This had led to more than 180 children sleeping in state offices during the past two years. It’s a major …

Prevention funding for at-risk families could keep kids out of foster care – Dallas Morning News

Don’t Make Our Most Vulnerable Children Wait Longer! – Huffington Post

Lack of govt funds fosters a problem – Pune Mirror

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Faithful fuel rise in foster families

Claremore Daily Progress

Pastors across the state are urging their flocks to love their neighbors in a whole new way by opening their homes to foster children. Nearly 820 …

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Faithful fuel rise in Oklahoma foster families

The Independent

OKLAHOMA CITY — Pastors across the state Of Oklahoma are urging their flocks to love their neighbors in a whole new way by opening their homes …

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Mississippi Supreme Court

The goal of the program, called Rescue 100, is to provide 100 more licensed foster homes to meet the needs of abused and neglected children in the …

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Midland Reporter-Telegram

Midland is in need of foster homes

Midland Reporter-Telegram

Tanya first went into foster care when she was 14. She bounced from foster home to foster home — first in San Antonio, then Brownwood, Early, …

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News8000.com – WKBT

Local agencies in need of foster homes

News8000.com – WKBT

According to the Wisconsin Department of Children of Families, there are more than 7,000 children in need of foster parents in Wisconsin in any given …

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KXAN.com

Rising number of Texas foster kids left without homes

KXAN.com

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A crisis in Texas is highlighting the shortage of foster care families leading to a growing number of children left without homes.

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La Crosse Tribune

Coulee Region counties see increased need for foster families

La Crosse Tribune

Counties such as Vernon and La Crosse are seeing up uptick in the number of children needing to be placed in foster homes, as well as seeing the …

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Anniston Star

Cleburne County tries to meet high demand for foster child placement

Anniston Star

The agency’s goal is to add three to five new foster homes every year, Smith said. The agency tries to make the best match when placing children in …

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CYS looking for at least 58 additional foster families

Observer-Reporter

“The majority of foster homes are not located here in Washington County,” said DeeDee Blosnich-Gooden, deputy director of Washington County CYS.

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KUNC

Los Angeles Pioneers Program To Help Educate Foster Parents For LGBT Kids

KUNC

Juana Zacharias, 18, lives in a group home for foster children in Oxnard, Calif. She came out as transgender when she was 10; she entered the foster …

Leo Duran / KPCC – WFDD

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Knoxville in Need of Foster Families

KNIA / KRLS Radio

There is a shortage of foster homes in Marion County in general, but especially in Knoxville. Kai McGee with Iowa Kids Net tells KNIA/KRLS News the …

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Fewer families welcome foster children

The Hindu

Of the 96 orphan children residing in government homes in Chennai, only 8 … Officials claim that while it has been difficult to get foster families, the …

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In Need of Respite Foster Homes! $1500 Sign-On Bonus Available

Craigslist

Eagle Quest is currently seeking Foster Family Respite Homes. What is a respite home you ask? Respite homes provide temporary care for foster …

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We are Failing our Children: Addressing Homelessness among System-Involved Youth

Huffington Post

Few advocates who work with or on behalf of youth who’ve been involved in the juvenile justice or foster care system were likely surprised by these …

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NPR

Los Angeles Pioneers Program To Help Educate Foster Parents For LGBT Kids

NPR

The backyard of Juana Zacharias’s home hugs the railroad tracks snaking through the town of Oxnard, Calif. Her room in the cozy three-bedroom …

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Tulsa World

Benefit to aid foster parents

Tulsa World

A Tulsa business and nonprofit agency have teamed up to help parents clothe their foster children this fall. Chari Edwards, co-owner of C&J Uniform …

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fox4kc.com

Every Student Succeeds Act will allow foster kids to stay at one school regardless if they move homes

fox4kc.com

Guidelines for the new national policy came out this past week and they said foster kids can legally stay in their school regardless if they move homes.

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Foster care kids get benefits to age 21

Georgetown News Democrat

The benefits include programs to help the youth train for college or a career and extended payments to foster and host homes. Statewide, about 1000 …

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Oakdale Leader
San Francisco Chronicle

California’s state budget has small but significant reforms for foster care

San Francisco Chronicle

Yet the state wasn’t giving these families equal amounts of support or … 2016-17 state budget, will affect the nearly 24,000 California foster children …

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KLAS-TV

3 Brothers tell why they want an adoptive home

KLAS-TV

… they’re very close, even though they’re living in separate foster homes right … a year apart, and clearly know why they would prefer a forever home:.

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Business Record

AHeinz57 launches $1M capital campaign to expand

Business Record

An Adel-based canine rescue operation that has found homes for … Heinz said the nonprofit will remain primarily a foster-based organization, but the …

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urgent foster homes needed

Craigslist

Like to please his people and lay around being a dog! He is goofy and loyal, housebroken and does very well in his kennel Fostering is free and fun …

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C&G Newspapers

Art&Soul showcases foster children awaiting homes

C&G Newspapers

ROCHESTER HILLS — Everyone wants a place to call home, a place with a loving family who will support them through good times and bad. But the …

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TWC News

New Hanover County Sees Growing Interest in Foster Care

TWC News

The more foster homes we have that are local means we can keep children in the same schools, in the same communities so they can see their …

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MyStatesman.com

Byrne: Foster children in Texas need our help

MyStatesman.com

Children are sleeping on air mattresses on the floors in CPS office buildings because workers can’t find appropriate foster homes. Slightly luckier …

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Camas Washougal Post Record

Giving foster kids a hand up

Camas Washougal Post Record

When most kids move out of their family home for the first time, parents are … in eight different high schools because of having to move foster homes.

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Allentown Morning Call

Salvation Army helps foster children

Allentown Morning Call

The fear and uncertainty that a child faces when being removed from his home and placed into foster care is even more devastating when this …

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WTAE Pittsburgh
The Chronicle of Social Change

LA County Board of Supes Pushes for Changes to Family First Act

The Chronicle of Social Change

Finally, there is the strain it would put on the county to recruit more foster families than it is already trying to recruit in an effort to move further from …

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NWCN.com

Social Work Professor Turns Foster Care Journey Into Life of Research, Education, Advocacy

UKNow (press release)

Thus, began the carousel of placements in the homes of family friends, to state foster homes, to running away and staying with friends, to brief periods …

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Report states tribal child custody laws neglected on statewide level

Eureka Times Standard

… likely to be placed in foster care than non-Native children, with over 90 percent of the Native American foster youth being placed in non-tribal homes, …

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Dubuque foster families sought for children of color

Dubuque Telegraph Herald

Up to 20 percent of children entering the foster-care system in Dubuque County are children of color or mixed race, according to local community …

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83degreesmedia

For Good: Public-private partnership provides housing for former foster care youth

83degreesmedia

A three-bedroom, two-bath home in unincorporated Pinellas County, dubbed RFL (Ready for Life) Hope Home, can house five former foster youth at a …

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TribTalk

Texas needs better protection for at-risk kids

TribTalk

They ask for more help in their homes to help parent children in foster care with high needs, but there is a gap in providing needed and critical support …

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International Business Times UK

Japan’s 70-year-old child welfare law finally overhauled after United Nations warnings

International Business Times UK

Some people, foster parents included, tend to get (too) emotional because of their love for their child. But this law is a step forward in that people with …

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Four States Homepage
Houston Chronicle

Editorial: Policy sham

Houston Chronicle

Meanwhile, many of the 28,000 kids in CPS care have been kept in hospitals and state offices because there are no available foster homes.

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HollandSentinel.com

Nonprofit of the week: Holland Deacons’ Conference seeks funds for housing needs

HollandSentinel.com

… our work also includes the management and operations of the five adult foster care homes known as My Brother’s and Sister’s Houses in Holland as …

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Los Angeles Times

From living in cars to UC Davis — one student’s journey

Los Angeles Times

Despite years of instability, homelessness and foster homes, Angel has graduated with honors from David Starr Jordan High School, and will be …

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Columbus Dispatch

Parents, 8 kids go 25000 miles in camper in year for their kid-focused nonprofit

Columbus Dispatch

Parents, 8 kids go 25,000 miles in camper in year for their kid-focused … The Kendricks conducted workshops about foster care in nearly two dozen …

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Parallel paths: Adoptive families wait out long delay for children from the Congo

Herald & Review

The Koskinens had gotten Herve into a foster home by the time he was 5 months old. The Andersons even went to visit Phoebe a year ago after …

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The News-Press
Ohio To Extend Foster Care Services Through Age 21

OPEN MINDS (registration)

On June 13, 2016, Ohio Governor John Kasich signed legislation, House Bill 50, to extend foster care eligibility through age 21 to youth who are …

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KCC Media Hub (press release)

Foster Carer urges people to find out more at Ramsgate event

KCC Media Hub (press release)

Kent County Council needs more people to become foster carers with increasing numbers of children needing loving homes in the past year.

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Gaston Gazette

Parents regain custody; Fewer than half got kids back this year

Gaston Gazette

Ragan Sampson, the foster care social worker who oversaw the Eakers’ case, said it boiled down to a bad living situation that wasn’t safe for the …

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Lynchburg News and Advance
Gainesville Times

Child advocate leader Stephens stepping back after 27 years as voice for the vulnerable

Gainesville Times

Because of the lack of local foster homes, children who enter the foster care system have often been placed in available homes hours away.

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The Oshkosh Northwestern

Streetwise: Vines and Rushes expands in Ripon

The Oshkosh Northwestern

The OAHS now keeps 72 kittens in its care, with 69 in these foster homes. “Our Foster Care Program has been an instrumental component of our …

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NorthJersey.com
House Ways & Means Committee Issues Report on Family First Prevention Services Act

Targeted News Service (subscription)

The public and human cost of removing abused and neglected children from their birth families and caring for them in foster families, group homes, …

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UpperMichigansSource.com

The need for foster families

UpperMichigansSource.com

(WLUC) Hundreds of children across the state end up in foster care, but there is a shortage of foster homes for those children. In this week’s Facebook …

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Tulsa World
Jackson Clarion Ledger

A home after the system: Foster children and aftercare

Jackson Clarion Ledger

Dropped off at the front step of the Department of Human Services at age 15, Vicky Butler learned to grow up fast — but today, there’s an almost …

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Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal

Organization seeks families to take in foster children

WTVA

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) — Mississippi Children’s Home Services is looking for new families to take in or adopt foster children. The organization kicked …

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Tvilletimes

A positive experience for parents, children

Tvilletimes

Rachel and Dale Graham of Thomasville, who have been foster parents for the past three years, enjoyed a HiToms baseball game with their natural …

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Times LIVE

Economic woes putting pressure on foster care: official

Times LIVE

The country’s economic woes are putting pressure on foster care as the number of parents willing to receive children is not meeting demand.

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Fort Worth Star Telegram

Judge in foster care case orders more effort

Fort Worth Star Telegram

The nonprofit has reported encouraging results in increasing the number of licensed foster care homes and beds, placing children near their homes …

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Justmeans

Wendy’s Wonderful Kids: Finding Forever Families for Children in Foster Care

Justmeans

The Wendy’s Wonderful Kids program is the signature program of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. Started in 2004, with only seven sites, …

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Voice Of Alexandria (press release) (registration)

Franken Believes His Bipartisan Measure Will Help Give Foster Kids in Minnesota More Stability

Voice Of Alexandria (press release) (registration)

Very often, foster kids are forced to move from school to school when they change foster homes, which can be very disruptive to a child’s emotional, …

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Foster Kid Rises to Becomes White House Adviser

NBC 7 San Diego

When Suamhirs was a boy, he grew up in an abusive household and was placed in the foster care system where he was exploited and became a …

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Hundreds of BC foster children victims of sexualized violence

CBC.ca

Hundreds of B.C. foster children victims of sexualized violence … allegations of harm or poor quality of care for children in foster homes,” Cadieux said.

121 BC foster kids were victims of ‘sexualized violence,’ BC’s Children’s Rep says – Toronto Sun

BC report finds indigenous girls in care more likely to face sex abuse – The Globe and Mail

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Children’s Center-Bound Teens to Be Placed Directly Into Foster Homes: City

DNAinfo

The “host home” program will provide an additional 30 beds in specially trained foster homes for children ages 14 and up, as part of the agency’s goal …

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Safety concerns arise as more Texas foster kids sleep in state offices

MyStatesman.com

Lack of space in foster homes means children sleep in state offices, hotels, … Residential treatment centers house children with high behavioral or …

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These states are struggling with a drug addiction-fueled crisis in foster care

PBS NewsHour

Other states, such as Alaska, Kansas and Ohio, have issued emergency pleas for more people to become foster parents and take neglected children, …

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Is foster care protecting children?

Post-Bulletin

The county last year placed 195 children in out-of-home care. Foster care placements related to child protection cases increased 50 percent from 2014 …

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Number of Kids in Foster Care Cut 44 Percent Amid City Policy Change: Data

DNAinfo

Data from the city’s Administration for Children Services show a steady decline in the number of children who were sent to foster homes as the city …

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If You Want To Be A Foster Parent, You Need To Know The Truth

The Federalist

Foster parents can only take babies. They can refuse children from certain backgrounds. They can just take one child at a time. They can demand the …

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Organization promotes foster families

Arkansas Online

While a child is placed in a foster-care home, the biological parents — who can still visit their children — have a lot of work to do, Herring said.

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Placement agencies vital to children

San Angelo Standard Times

CPAs find secure homes for children in state custody — either temporary or permanent placement — through foster care and adoptions. “CPS and …

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Oregon agency sued over temporary foster child housing

Mail Tribune

PORTLAND — Attorneys for two children in Oregon’s foster care system are suing the Department of Human Services, saying it violates state and …

New lawsuit accuses DHS of ‘warehousing’ children – KOIN.com

DHS sued to block placement of children in hotels, offices – Portland Tribune

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Children’s Homes aims to transition foster children into adulthood

Shelby Star

When a child turns 18, he or she does not automatically gain the skills necessary to live independently. That idea is the basis of a new program from …

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Foster parents, agency heads urge Senate to act on Family First Prevention Services Act

Deseret News

10, 2016 at the Utah Foster Care Foundation in Murray. … standards for foster care group homes to ensure vulnerable children get the care they need …

Militant Foster Carers Are A Sign Of Deep Discontent In The World Of Child Protection – Huffington Post UK

New program seeks to reduce high rate of foster care in Volusia, Flagler – Daytona Beach News-Journal

Foster system failing our most vulnerable – Courier Mail

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Bill to save foster kids and families faces uphill battle: Guest commentary

Long Beach Press Telegram

Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., pictured speaking on Capitol Hill, is one of three senators whose support is needed to pass the Family First Prevention …

Organization promotes foster-care families – Arkansas Online

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Rise in English foster care for refugee children prompts call for govt act…

Reuters

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The number of lone refugee children in English foster homes rose by 50 percent in the past year, data …

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Greater support needed to improve, expand foster parent system

The Japan News

In cases when parents are unable to raise their children, priority is given to placing these children in a family setting, such as with foster parents.

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Want to foster a refugee child? Find out how

Huddersfield Examiner

Anyone who is considering fostering a refugee child should contact the … Those who still want to foster a child will then be invited to ‘skills to foster …

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County to Host Conference to Recruit, Train Foster and Adoptive Parents

El Paso Herald-Post (press release) (registration) (blog)

As incidents of child abuse and neglect continue to leave El Paso children in need of foster or adoptive homes, the 65th District Court and CARE …

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Fort Smith STEPS Family Center helping area children, parents

Times Record

“We appreciate and respect those who work with children in foster homes, but what we want to do here at STEPS is heal the family. We want to get …

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Bald for bucks: ‘Annie Jr.’ cast raises money for foster children

Kankakee Daily Journal

THE ORGANIZATIONS: Starfish Foundation serves foster children and their families in Kankakee County. They provide supportive needs, like visits …

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Parents‘ heroin addictions put too many kids in foster care

Columbus Dispatch

One of Valle’s first experiences as a foster parent involved a child taken from a home where drug use was rampant. “She was 5 and looked 2 or 3,” …

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Fostering Children on a Faith-based Fast Track

Jackson Free Press

The Jackson metro area and a few surrounding counties together have 272 foster homes—but 1,099 kids who need a place to go. Almost half those …

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Louisiana family services caseworkers scrambled to track foster children after flood disaster

The Advocate

Find the children. A foster mother herself, Gettys began tracking down foster families she works with at the state Department of Children and Family …

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Foster Kids Plagued With Numerous Misconceptions, Still Thrive

NBC 7 San Diego

It’s bad enough that these children suffered in abusive and neglectful homes before entering the foster care system. But they also must endure the …

Finding Foster Homes: Try Harder and Treat Them Better – The Chronicle of Social Change (blog)

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Heroin epidemic forcing more kids into foster care, state funding falling short

NBC4i.com

She knows firsthand the importance of the foster care system for parents who are addicts. “My child’s not following me into strange houses shooting …

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Why we should do everything possible to avoid foster care and keep kids with their families

Dallas Morning News

Advocates for foster children, including Dallas CASA, announced a Stand Up for Children campaign in 2008 in Dallas.

The need is pressing for Utah foster parents – St. George Daily Spectrum

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Agency Blamed for Boy’s ‘Horrifying’ Foster Home

Courthouse News Service

(CN) — The guardian of a special-needs child claims in a federal lawsuit that the boy was sexually assaulted by his foster care father, forced to eat off …

Grand jury probing foster care; new charges filed in NY case – WTOP

Report: Ridge child sex-abuse case prompts foster care probe – Newsday

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Families providing foster care for children

Wicked Local Weymouth

More people would embrace being a foster parent if they knew of all the different options available, say local mothers who love the experience.

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Labor criticises $8.5m reform plans for foster care homes after ‘Girl X’ failures

The Guardian

The New South Wales government plans to implement stricter standards for people caring for foster children in group homes in addition to $8.5m in …

‘Three-month program for every child in care’ – dailytelegraph.com.au

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The CALL hopes to recruit foster families

Siftings Herald

A Clark County group focused on child fostering is looking to raise more awareness at a local level. By Drew Wright / awright@siftingsherald.com.

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Former Foster Child Turned Country Star Seeks to Help Other Kids in Need

Points of Light

Born to a single mother who suffered from bipolar disorder, Jimmy spent his childhood being shuffled in and out of foster homes, while his mother …

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Foster kids housed in hotels? No more, DFCS decides

MyAJC

Faced with a shortage of foster homes across the state, the Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) has periodically placed children brought …

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Parents needed to adopt/foster children

The Preston Citizen

There are many families in the county that serve as foster parents to kids in need, but more are always needed. According to Idaho’s Department of …

The Foster Families We Need – The Chronicle of Social Change (blog)

Hundreds of Foster Youth and Alumni Urge Action on Family First: Let’s Listen – The Chronicle of Social Change

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Foster Care System in Desperate Need of Homes

KNWA

Each year, the Department of Child Services removes thousands of Arkansas kids from neglectful and abusive homes, but there are limited places for …

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Texas lawmakers will review worker turnover, recent changes at CPS

Dallas Morning News

… to move too fast in changing the way Texas purchases help for foster children. … Straus said he first wants to hear from the House Human Services …

Child Protective Services overwhelmed by rise in overdoses – WSAZ-TV

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An urgent cry for foster parents in Manatee County over heroin crisis among adults

Bradenton Herald

Foster parents are the gold mine that communities bank on to throw neglected, abandoned and otherwise helpless children a life preserver.

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A powerful way to change a child’s life — foster, adoptive-parent classes start Tuesday

Montana Standard

With that in mind, Dan Fox Family Care makes sure that foster children who are placed are carefully matched with parents who have similar interests …

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Nunavik sees more children in need of foster care, but fewer foster homes

Nunatsiaq News

That’s because Nunavik faces a shortage of foster homes as the number of children placed in care continues to grow. “At the moment, we’ve seen …

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Home News Notts County Council’s search for foster carers goes on with 200 children

Notts TV

Nottinghamshire County Council are under pressure to recruit foster carers after it was revealed that over 200 children across the county still need …

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Over 200 Children in Notts Waiting for Foster Homes

West Bridgford Wire

Nottinghamshire County Council currently needs foster homes for 208 children across the county – and just over 100 of those are aged 11 or over.

Becoming a foster carer makes you a hero in a child’s eyes – Weekly Times Now

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Long Island Abuse Case Reveals Risks of Out-of-State Foster Care

New York Times

Cesar Gonzales-Mugaburu’s house in Ridge, N.Y. Over the course of 20 years, he brought more than 100 children into his home. Credit Gordon M.

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Foster homes needed for children with complex medical needs

MyWebTimes.com

Youth Service Bureau is seeking families to become licensed to foster children with complex medical needs including a wide range of pediatric …

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Foster mom urges Latino families to help children in state care

Deseret News

State Sen. Luz Escamilla, D-Salt Lake City, addresses the media during a press conference about the need for more foster families with Latino …

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A better way to help vulnerable children and families

Washington Post

Many of those children find stability they never had thanks to the tireless work of dedicated social workers, foster parents, judges and treatment …

A quarter of Welsh foster children move home several times a year – ITV News

We Need More Foster Carers For Children In Care – Huffington Post UK

Thousands of foster children still moving home several times a year – Charity Today News

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Local children in need of foster parents

Canton Repository

Pathway Caring for Children says a shortage of foster parents exists. The Jackson Township-based agency, which serves children from Stark, Summit …

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Native American Foster Children Suffer Under a Law Originally Meant to Help Them

Phoenix New Times

the 3-year-old says, fixing a pudgy finger on the other child’s photo, framed in lacy gold …. Eventually, she decided to foster children in her own home.

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Don’t even think of housing foster kids in jails: Editorial

Toronto Star

For example, children whose families ran out of money for housing were twice as likely to be placed with foster parents or group homes, according to …

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Effort to recruit foster parents under way in Mississippi

Jackson Clarion Ledger

Sometimes children die in bad home situations while other children graduate from foster care but have no place to go, said Jamie Walley, director of …

Governor calls for faith-based effort to improve foster care – Mississippi News Now

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El Paso in need of foster families

KVIA El Paso

After suffering abuse or neglect, children across the country are sometime left without families and end up in the foster care system. It’s no different in …

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It’s Time For You To Become A Foster Parent

The Federalist

We have a network of homes in every state across the country that take in these children. These foster families love and nurture these kids in times of …

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A powerful way to change a child’s life– foster, adoptive parent classes start Tuesday

Helena Independent Record

Two young Helena women starting college this fall know they wouldn’t be where they are today if two local families hadn’t opened their doors and …

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Manatee kids left in wake of heroin epidemic need help

Bradenton Herald

The statistics on child sheltering in Manatee go hand in hand with the … “We need the government to provide foster homes for children,” Dick added.

Manatee County Needs Foster Care Parents – WUSF News

Heroin epidemic raises need for foster families – WWSB ABC 7

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Guardian Angels of Southwest Florida looks to expand number of foster homes

Bradenton Herald

The Kruses currently have five foster children, including one sibling group, and a biological child in the six-bedroom house in Palmetto. They are now …

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As Number Of Foster Children Rise, DHS Working To Improve Foster Family Recruitment

KUAR

More Arkansas children are entering foster care than leaving the system, and there are more than three times as many foster children as foster homes.

Congress Should Not Kill Lifesaving Options for Foster Youth – The Chronicle of Social Change

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Judy Cockerton: Transforming Foster Care in America, One Community at a Time

The Chronicle of Social Change

Cockerton called the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families and signed up to become a foster mom. In May 1999, the Cockertons …

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Former foster child pays it forward with duffle bag project

Burlington Hawk Eye

That help wound up coming in the form of bringing a touch of dignity to a child’s arrival at a foster home. Thanks to her efforts this year, efforts that were …

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No Foster Home…Then What?

The Chronicle of Social Change (blog)

We remove children from abusive and neglectful homes to protect them. Then what? Here are some unpleasant consequences of our foster home …

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Gov’t Looking to Place More Wards in Foster Homes

Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service

The Government is looking at getting more children, who are under the care of the State into foster homes. State Minister in the Ministry of Education, …

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Finding herself at Foster’s Home

The Flash Today (press release) (registration) (blog)

STEPHENVILLE (September 1, 2016) – Forty children. Unique circumstances led each of them to Sherwood & Myrtie Foster’s Home for Children.

Walk-a-thon draws attention to kids needing parents – The Lawton Constitution

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Iowa’s Child Cameron waits for you

kwwl.com

Iowa KidsNet is the single statewide service provider for Iowans interested in becoming foster parents or legally adopting children from foster care.

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Couple Who Fostered 50 Kids Gets Disney Cruise Line Vacation Surprise

ABC News

“On any given day in America, there’s roughly 450,000 children in foster care. And there are not enough homes. And of that number, about 25,000 will …

‘GMA’s’ Ultimate Heroes: Foster Family’s Gift to 50 Children – ABC News

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Foster parents make a difference ‘one child at a time’

Grand Junction Daily Sentinel

Janet Rowland, at podium, executive director of Court Appointed Special Advocates of Mesa County, addresses the need for 25 new foster families by …

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Foster Homes Needed Across NC to Care for Surge of Children

TWC News

“We can never have enough foster families to meet the needs of the kids,” said Cheryl Harris with the Cabarrus County Child Welfare Division.

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Children in foster care in Arkansas reaches all-time high

Arkansas Online

But the state has reversed a trend of losing foster families every quarter, according to reports prepared by the Division of Children and Family Services.

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Where to send foster kids? For 72 hours, Skookum House

KUOW News and Information

Peanut and his sister ended up at a place called Skookum House. It’s a new kind of temporary foster care home. Kids can stay there for up to 72 hours …

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Child advocate says DCF bursting at seams

Boston Herald

The state child welfare agency is being pushed to the limit, juggling nearly 9,500 kids placed in foster homes and other settings — a 10 percent spike …

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More Kids for Fewer Homes?

The Chronicle of Social Change

Recent federal data indicate that the foster child population has risen slightly over the past few years to just over 415,000 wards. During the same time, …

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East Quogue Woman Takes Foster Children Under Wing

27east.com

One of the hardest things about being a foster mom for Rebecca “Becci” Mendenhall-Atkins is seeing children enter her home with their few …

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Growing need for foster families in Ingham, Eaton, and Clinton counties

WSYM-TV

There are 13,000 children in foster care in Michigan and 800 of them live in Ingham, Eaton, and Clinton Counties. “The need for foster homes is very, …

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Growing need for foster families in Ingham, Eaton, and Clinton counties

WILX-TV

LANSING, Mich. (WILX) Jennifer DeLeeuw has been a foster parent to four children, and she admits being any kind of parent is no easy feat. “It’s been …

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Adoptive Homes Sought as Foster Care Surges

PR Newswire (press release)

Jordan Institute and UNC-CH data also reveal over 500 foster children aging out and facing adulthood without finding permanent homes, and about …

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Siouxland foster parents encourage others to open their homes to children

Sioux City Journal

Thomas and Dayna Nash pose in a playroom while talking about their experiences as longtime foster parents during an interview at their Morningside …

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Growing up a foster child: ‘Believe me. It hurts.’

Montgomery Advertiser

Corey Clark has a city to call home, but not a permanent place to rest his head at night. The 32-year-old, who lived in an estimated 123 foster care …

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Cuts threaten parent-child visitations, agencies fear

Arizona Daily Star

Agencies that oversee visitations and help reunite foster children with their parents are being scrutinized in a state-wide check on overspending.

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1 in 4 children at state-run shelters victims of abuse: study

The Korea Herald

… year were domestic abuse victims, followed by children from broken homes … who have been placed at either public shelters or foster care parents.

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