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KARA’s reporting is a small part of the abuse suffered by children each month –  the great majority of child trauma & abuse is never known.

American states are struggling to find answers for better foster care, trauma informed services, child protection and ending adverse childhood experiences and saving at risk children by reversing the explosive growth of child abuse and neglect.

 

Today, state ward children are the 4th and 5th generation of abused children raising their own families without parenting skills and with serious drug, alcohol and mental health issues.

37% of children overall and 57% of Black children are reported to child protection services in America by the time they turn 18.

(American Journal of Public Health 1.17)

6 – 12 million children a year are reported to child protection services each year and in many states, 1/3 of foster children are required to take psychotropic medicines

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How Foster Care Has Stripped Native American Children of Their Own Cultures

TeenVogue.com

For Natives, foster care is a sensitive subject, and with good reason. Removing Native children from their families and tribes of origin was once federal …

168 area kids in foster care, only 40 homes – Staunton News Leader

Congress must take steps to help foster children find loving families – The Hill

Opioid crisis leads to large increase of children in foster care – WSAW

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The search for a ‘forever home‘: Teen foster kids just want family, love

Today.com

Tiara Sherman, 16, used to dread when her teachers would find out she lived in a group home for foster children. Afterward, they would smile at her …

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Texas Child Protection leader slams foster care pregnancy report

Chron.com

AUSTIN — The leader of Texas child protection is slamming a recent report that found high rates of teen pregnancy in foster care, calling the data …

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Why Being a Foster Child Made Me a Conservative

New York Times

My birth mother was addicted to drugs. As a young child, I spent five years in foster care. At age 7, I was adopted, but for a long time after that I was …

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Kansas steps up scrutiny of foster care contractor keeping kids in offices overnight

Kansas City Star

Kansas’ child welfare agency says it is keeping a close watch on a contractor in the Kansas City area that has kept kids in offices overnight because of …

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I Was a Foster Child and Now I’m a Foster Care Activist

TeenVogue.com

In this op-ed, Tanisha Saunders explains her experience in foster care and how National Foster Youth Shadow Day has helped her mentor other …

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50 Texas foster children slept in state offices, hotels in April

MyStatesman.com

“Along with a foster child’s safety, there is nothing as important in foster care as the best, most appropriate placement tailored for that specific child,” …

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After Aging Out Of Child Welfare, Foster Youth Face Homelessness And Other Challenges

Colorado Public Radio

There are kids in the foster care system who are never adopted, or placed back with their families and relatives. When they start aging out at 17, …

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Most Colorado foster kids change schools at least once a year, and performance falls with each move

The Denver Post

A 4-year-old girl arrived at her first foster home wearing dirty clothes and a pair of shoes large enough for a man. The next day, the girl was able to …

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Angels Foster Care Provides Stable Homes for Children Facing Unstable Future

Noozhawk

In 2006, her Santa Barbara-based nonprofit Angels Foster Care placed its first child in a long-term foster home. The program since has expanded to …

Dark Secrets: Children Are Being Deliberately Drugged Into Foster Care – The Good Men Project (blog)

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Division of Children and Family Services

Arkansas Department of Human Services – Arkansas.gov

DCFS is responsible for child abuse and neglect prevention, protective, foster care, and … Our mission is to keep children safe and help families.

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The Revolutionary Foster Care Law Buried in February’s Federal Spending Deal

Governing

In the past, the federal government would only reimburse states for child … In recent years, the number of children in foster care increased by 11 …

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Put Children Ahead of Ideology in Adoption and Foster Care

Advocate.com

Every parent feels differently about how to fulfill the needs of their children. When should you wean a child off their bottle? How much screen time …

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Connecticut recruiting LGBT families to adopt, foster kids

PBS NewsHour

Connecticut’s child welfare agency has launched an initiative to actively recruit members of the state’s LGBT community to become foster and adoptive …

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One Colorado foster child moved 46 times. Toughest cases get more attention, but resources are …

The Denver Post

One Colorado foster child moved 46 times. Toughest cases … The youngest child is 7 and has been in the system for more than five years. The state …

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Liss was dedicated to children as mother, foster parent and educator

mySanAntonio.com

A lifelong educator who also fostered numerous children over the years, Judith Foster Liss was adept at providing love and direction. “My mother …

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Will placing fewer children in foster care fix the system?

American Enterprise Institute

It’s true that a shocking number of kids who have spent time in foster care or who have aged out end up incarcerated. As much as 7% of the prison …

How Foster Care Works in the United States – TeenVogue.com

Consider providing a home for a child during Foster Parents Month – Dothan Eagle

Colorado In Dire Need Of More Foster Families – CBS Denver

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Fostering transforms the lives of children – and foster carers

Camden Council

Foster care transforms lives. Not just of the young people who are fostered, but also those of foster carers and their families. During Foster Care …

Today’s talker: Let’s keep children in their family, if they can’t be with their mothers – USA TODAY

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Foster care homes needed as more children affected by opioid crisis

Bothell-Kenmore Reporter

Cheryl Emmal Butler has been fostering teens for four years. Not only does she regularly handle typical teenage angst, but she works with children …

Dept. of Children and Family Services launches new foster parent programwww.brproud.com

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CDHS: State needs 1200 new foster families to make up for statewide shortage

The Denver Channel

10,000 kids statewide were put in out-of-home care last year — including foster care, group homes, and residential child care facilities — and officials …

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Tidal Wave of Children Into Foster Care System

13abc Action News

There are so many kids going into foster care because their parents are trying to recover from heroin addiction that the system is on overload.

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Nebraska Children’s Home Society

nchs.org

At Nebraska Children’s Home Society, we’re focused on educating children and families, facilitating adoption, supporting foster parents and children, …

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Will Placing Fewer Children in Foster Care Fix the System?

Institute for Family Studies

Children in foster care have had difficult lives, but there is nothing inevitable about their trajectories. Tweet This; Is foster care responsible for the kids …

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Helping Children of Incarcerated Parents and Children in Foster Care

cwla.org

With 2.4 million children determined to be victims of child maltreatment, forty percent of children in foster care have been exposed to parental …

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6 Myths and 6 Truths About the Foster Care System

FosterMore | Because No One Makes it Alone

There are hundreds of thousands of children in America’s foster care system. Misconceptions about foster care can prevent a lot of great foster parent …

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Grassley Floor Statement on National Adoption Month

Chuck Grassley

In my home state of Iowa, many counties are facing a shortage of foster homes, causing kids to be housed in shelters instead of with families.

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Careless Foster Care? The Conversation Starts Here

VOX ATL

We have all heard of foster care — temporary housing arrangements in which state-approved adults care for children whose biological parents or …

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Foster Care Month Highlights the Rewards, Struggles of Helping Kids in Crisis

Cleveland Scene

COLUMBUS, Ohio – On any given day, more than 16,000 children are in the foster care system in Ohio. And during Foster Care Month in May, the …

Caring for foster children ‘a calling’ – Hastings Tribune

Case manager reflects on joys, challenges of career during National Foster Care Month – Kokomo Tribune

Their Voice: The heroes of foster care – Daily Herald

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Tasmanian child protection whistle-blowers detail claims of abuse in foster care

ABC Online

Whistle-blowers have detailed allegations of child abuse in foster care, saying the Tasmanian Government is so desperate to house vulnerable …

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We’re In A Crisis: The Plea for Foster Homes

WEAR

These children need a temporary safe place that provides love and care and there is a critical need for foster homes and for more people who are …

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The awful TV portrayal of the foster system is damaging to kids nationwide

Syfy Wire

In 2016 there were an estimated 437,465 children in foster care. And yet, there is an annual turnover rate of up to 50 percent for qualified foster homes.

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Alone in the world: Foster kids in Colorado leave system with no home, no family, little support

The Denver Post

From the foster mothers who tried to give her religion and manners. From the child welfare system she couldn’t wait to escape. And from the terrifying …

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Kids in foster care aren’t getting the care they need. That’s why we’re suing DCF.

Miami Herald

Florida’s foster care system is broken. In Miami-Dade and Monroe counties, where children are in the legal custody of the Florida Department of …

Marin Voice: Foster care system seeks people willing to help our youth – Marin Independent Journal

Preventing child abuse and neglect fatalities – The Hill (blog)

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One millennial mom’s foster-to-adoption journey

ABC News

(Editor’s note: “Good Morning America” is celebrating Mother’s Day in the days ahead by highlighting many aspects of motherhood and the …

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100 babies: Iowa mom who lost 2 of her own fosters hope for others

DesMoinesRegister.com

PELLA, Ia. — On Mother’s Day, Deb Schuring gave birth to Andrea. She had high cheek bones and looked just like her husband, Mike. She was three …

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Rushing foster kids into quick adoptions isn’t always in their best interest

Los Angeles Times

Every year, approximately 50,000 children in foster care are adopted after it’s been determined that they cannot go home. A 1997 federal law called …

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Why Do Children in Foster Care Become Pregnant At A Much Higher Rate? Well, It’s Complicated

HPPR

Texas children in foster care are getting pregnant at a rate five times higher than children who are not in the system. That was the shocking bottom line …

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This Foster Care Month, Pass Laws to Improve the Lives of Foster Children

First Focus

National Foster Care Month brings attention to needs and resilience of children and youth currently in foster care and those who have aged out of …

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MDHHS highlights four reasons to become a foster parent

State of Michigan

“When children are unable to stay with their families because of safety concerns, foster parents step up to provide love, consistency and support,” said …

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Helping Children with Parents in Prison and Children in Foster Care

Future of Children – Princeton University

For children in foster care, they propose reducing the number of children placed in foster care by keeping them at home more often, and for increasing …

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May Is National Foster Care Month

Administration for Children and Families – HHS.gov

May is National Foster Care Month (NFCM), a time to acknowledge the foster parents, family members, volunteers, mentors, community members, …

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Become Licensed and Certified with DDD

Arizona Department of Economic Security – AZ.gov

Child Developmental Homes serve individuals under the age of 18. … Additional training is available for licensed foster parents to continue skill …

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Program aims to get NYC foster kids easier access to dental care

American Dental Association

New York — Children in foster care are expected to have easier access to dental care thanks to a partnership announced in May between the New …

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This New Federal Law Will Change Foster Care As We Know It

The Pew Charitable Trusts (blog)

… congressional staffer who opposes parts of the law. The new law, Hughes said, “closes the front door to a lot of safety nets that we’ve developed for kids in foster care. … (The report only looked at reports of child abuse and neglect, not placement in foster care.) A March report by the U.S. Department of …

More kids in foster care need more foster parents – WBAY

Without family, US children in foster care easy prey for human traffickers – Reuters

POINT OF VIEW: Ending the need for foster care as we know it – Palm Beach Post

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Child protective services says Amarillo needs more foster parents

KFDA

According to Child Protective Services, it’s becoming harder to find foster homes for children in the Amarillo area. Get the latest Amarillo news straight to your phone! Apple | Android. Rebecca Robinson with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services said the Panhandle is critically at-risk …

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Family of slain Montgomery foster mom sues DHR, case workers

Montgomery Advertiser

The mother of Porscha Echols, a Montgomery woman whose foster son reportedly strangled her to death last year, filed suit Wednesday against Alabama foster care administrators and case workers. The suit alleges administrators in the foster care system were negligent in placing the 14-year-old boy in …

Alabama failed to protect foster mom strangled to death by teen, lawsuit claims – AL.com

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Big changes are coming for kids in foster care. ‘You don’t get your first year back.’

Lexington Herald Leader

Becky Mullins’ heart broke two decades ago when the 2- and 3-year-old sisters for whom she cared as a foster mother were ordered back to their biological parents, where they had been abused until the state of Kentucky removed them. The girls had spent nearly all of their short lives in the Mullins’ Lee …

Finding Foster Children a Family When They Turn 21 – New York Times

I Grew Up in Foster Care—Until My Dads Gave Me the Family I Always Dreamed Of | Opinion – Newsweek

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Lawsuit Alleges Oregon Failed To Care For Foster Kids

OPB News

Oregon workers placed young children in a mold-ridden home that reeked of cat urine, with foster parents who who physically and sexually abused them, according to a $100 million civil rights lawsuit recently filed in federal court. Instead of investigating when signs of abuse surfaced, the lawsuit alleges …

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When Trump signed spending bill, he signed into law a huge overhaul of foster care

USA TODAY

But it will force states to overhaul their foster care systems by changing the rules for how they can spend their annual $8 billion in federal funds for child abuse prevention. The law, called the Family First Prevention Services Act, prioritizes keeping families together and puts more money toward at-home …

Foster child bill passes House – Daily Journal Online

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Cases of Georgia kids in foster care jump to record high of 15000

WSB Atlanta

ATLANTA – There are more foster kids in the Georgia system today than ever before. The new director at Georgia’s Department of Family and Children Services said they are reaching out to help more children in crisis. The Barlow family in Paulding County fostered five children, then made their family of …

South Carolina in critical need of foster parents – Live 5 News

Celebrate National Foster Care Month With These Austin Organizations – Austin Chronicle

May is Foster Parent Appreciation Month – Black Hills Pioneer

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Foster Care Agencies Settle Lawsuit Over Child’s Death for $5M

Law.com

Two child placement agencies have agreed to pay a combined $5 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit over the death of a 10-year-old boy whose caregivers failed to get him medical attention for an intestinal blockage. The settlement was reached between defendants NorthEast Treatment Centers …

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Lawsuit accuses state of failing to protect 3 abused children from unfit foster parents

OregonLive.com

A lawyer for three children who were abused or mistreated in a foster home has filed a $100 million civil rights lawsuit against the Oregon Department of Human Services, alleging the agency failed to protect them from unfit foster parents. State child welfare workers deliberately overlooked information …

Three foster kids allege abuse in Keizer home, sue DHS – KATU

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Chris Siemens: You can help foster parents and the children they serve

Tulsa World

It is critical that we build a community around the families caring for children who have experienced such traumatic events. This community includes social workers, foster parents, schools, faith-based organizations, neighborhoods, friends, and especially the children’s natural parents, family and friends.

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Iowa Foster and Adoption

iowafosterandadoption.org

Interested in foster care or adoption? Four Oaks Foster and Adoptive Family Connections is ready to search and help families and children of Iowa. Learn how you can become a foster or adoptive parent.

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May Is National Foster Care Month

Children’s Rights

Every May, Children’s Rights is proud to participate in National Foster Care Month—a time to raise awareness about the more than 435,000 children in foster care. Want to get involved? Children’s Rights invites you to lift up the voices of kids in foster care and the communities that support them:.

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Foster Boy and Labradoodle Find Their Forever Homes

Pickler and Ben

Reagan the Australian Labradoodle and Buddy the human child have been best friends since they were both 11 months old. Buddy was welcomed home by his foster family at the same time his new grandma adopted Reagan. The rest is history! Now both 4 years old, the two have over 300,000 …

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AG Paxton Defends Texas Legislature’s Foster Care System at the 5th Circuit

Texas Attorney General

Among other issues, the special masters’ plan would cap the number of children currently in foster homes and potentially uproot them from their placements. Foster homes would have to decide which children should be uprooted from their homes. Case workers would also be overburdened with …

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To foster a child is to open your heart: Learn how

Jackson Clarion Ledger

There are children in Mississippi who desperately need a foster home — a place where they can feel safe, cared for and loved. Canopy Children’s Solutions is hosting an informational meeting April 24 at 6 p.m. at the Canopy office located at 1465 Lakeland Drive in Jackson. The meeting is for …

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Call for support for foster care system to protect vulnerable children

Irish Times

The foster care system needs to be robustly supported to ensure the safety of children, according to the Irish Foster Carers Association. The organisation’s chief executive Catherine Bond called for a full investigation into the case of three children abused in a foster home in Co Galway. Each individual …

HSE apologises ‘unreservedly’ to women raped while they were children in foster care – thejournal.ie

Abuse victim calls for commission of investigation into Galway home – RTE.ie

Foster home abuse case: Taoiseach pledges report recommendations will be acted upon – Independent.ie

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Muslim foster child row shows more faith must be put in the care system

The Conversation UK

In a strongly-worded rebuke, Britain’s press regulator has ruled that The Times newspaper “distorted” its coverage of a five-year-old Christian girl who was placed with Muslim foster carers. The coverage attracted much criticism, for careless reporting, of trading on “Muslim baiting” and of portraying a …

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DCF Defends Response To Report Of Foster Child Molested In Home

CBS Boston / WBZ

A Massachusetts foster parent is devastated. A 6-year-old girl he and his wife have been caring for was molested in his home. WBZ-TV’s Paul Burton reports. Program: WBZ News Evening. Categories: News Crime General Local News WBZTV …

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Should the Second Amendment trump fosterhome safety rules?

AZCentral.com

The state must have some control over safety in homes where it places children, McKay said. Foster parenting is a privilege, not a right. “No one forces them; they choose to tolerate and adhere to conditions set by the state for safety,” he said of foster parents. “We will ensure that rules prevent a child’s …

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Five ways to make a difference for children in foster care

The Daily Courier

The month of May is National Foster Care Month, a time to recognize the critical role that we each can play in transforming the lives of foster youth in our community. More than 14,000 children are in foster care in Arizona, many of whom are legally free for adoption and awaiting permanent families.

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‘Worst foster parents in the world’: Federal agency says it lost track of 1475 migrant children

Chicago Tribune

Federal officials lost track of nearly 1,500 migrant children last year after a government agency placed the minors in the homes of adult sponsors in communities across the country, according to testimony before a Senate subcommittee Thursday. The Health and Human Services Department has a limited …

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In Oregon, lawyers for foster children don’t even have to show up

OregonLive.com

An Oregon State Bar rule requires lawyers to communicate with their clients, even if they are young children. During hearings on foster care and adoptions, government lawyers argue for what child welfare workers say is in a child’s best interest. Children also are assigned attorneys, and those lawyers …

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DHS looks at foster care system changes

KFYR-TV

“That would allow us to serve more youth who probably have more acute needs and more need for the ongoing, all day foster parent involvement,” said Nancy McKenzie, Path ND … For about 140 kids, the department spends about $9,000 per month per child for Residential Child Care Facilities.

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Fort Smith display seeks to raise foster care awareness

Times Record

For several hours on Tuesday, pairs of shoes represented every foster child in Sebastian and Crawford counties to anyone driving through Fort Smith. Workers with the Department of Human Services, Arkansas Family Alliance and others placed hundreds of pairs of children’s shoes on the northwest …

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children are awaiting foster care

MPB : Mississippi Public Broadcasting

Canopy Children’s Solutions. Advocates are asking more Mississippians to consider becoming foster parents. MPB’s Ashley Norwood reports. Each day, the Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services refers new children to be removed from their homes and placed into a therapeutic foster care …

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For girls in the Texas foster care system, teen pregnancy is 5 times more likely

Texas Tribune

Curry’s foster sisters were a part of a larger population of teen parents in Texas’ foster care system. According to a report released Sunday by child welfare policy organization Texans Care for Children, teen girls in Texas’ foster care system or who have just left it have a much higher risk of becoming …

Study: Texas foster children five times as likely to get pregnant than other teens – San Antonio Express-News

Teens in foster care more likely to become pregnant than other Texas youths, report finds – Dallas News

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Citizen Foster Care Review volunteer: ‘Anyone can change the direction of a child’s life’

Cincinnati.com

Seven hundred volunteers may seem like a lot. It’s not even close, however, to fill the needs of Kentucky children who are in foster or other out-of-home care. According to Statewide Foster Care FACTS, as of April 1, 2018, there are 9,034 children between ages 0 and 18 in Kentucky who are unable to be …

Beta students support kids in foster care – KYStandard.com

Minnesota’s approach to child protection makes children less safe – MinnPost

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Polygamists’ son, whose birth was seen on their TV show, dies in house fire in southeastern Utah

Salt Lake Tribune

The family lives in Rockland Ranch, a community near Moab where the homes are built into the side of a slickrock mesa. The Foster homes consist of three apartments. Enoch Foster struggled Wednesday to explain the fire, saying his surviving children have been unable to tell him exactly what …

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Officials working to keep tabs on 2000 foster children in a time of change

Tampabay.com

TAMPA — The fallout when a child welfare agency left foster teens unsupervised spread way beyond the loss of a $9 million contract. Around 2,000 foster children were under the watch of case managers at Youth and Family Alternatives, which was fired in February by Eckerd Connects, which runs …

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Special Report: Opioid crisis leading to more children in GA foster care

WTXL ABC 27

AMERICUS, GA (WALB) – Drug abuse has led the state of Georgia to take thousands of children from their parents’ homes over the past few years. Georgia’s Division of Family and Children Services does not have specific statistics on which drugs have caused each child to be put into foster care or the …

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Child Abuse Prevention Month: Two foster families recognized at luncheon

Shawnee News Star

On Tuesday, the annual Child Abuse Prevention Luncheon was held at the Shawnee Exposition Center. Each year the Pottawatomie and Lincoln County Child Welfare Collaborative and Support Task Force hosts this luncheon, where two foster families are recognized with the “Judge Glenn Dale Carter …

Local firefighters to receive special training on child abuse all month long – WTOL.com

Yes, we can prevent child abuse | Guest column – TCPalm

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Editorial: Improving foster care in Hillsborough

Tampabay.com

A new foster care provider in Hillsborough County is poised to take over operations in May, only months after its predecessor was fired for what was alleged to be a pattern of failing to supervise at-risk children in its care. Many of the case managers who worked for the previous provider are likely to stay …

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Kids in foster care doubles

Morgan County Citizen

The ever-growing opioid crisis is not only creating an alarming number of addicts in life-threatening danger across the nation, but also an exploding foster child population. Morgan County is not exempt from this national trend. Within one year, the number of foster children in Morgan County has nearly …

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The shocking number of children going missing from foster homes in Bristol

Bristol Live

Barnardo’s Chief Executive Javed Khan said: “Barnardo’s is concerned about the increasing numbers of children coming into foster care with high levels of vulnerability. We recommend that local authorities and other organisations are adequately resourced to carry out return home interviews to all …

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Alachua County struggling to find local families for foster children

The Independent Florida Alligator

Alachua County may have to look to neighboring counties to house foster children. Partnership for Strong Families, a community-based child welfare agency that cares for about 5,000 children in 13 counties, including Alachua, reports there are about 80 children in need of homes in Alachua, said Patty …

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Our foster son came home with Family Tree homework. Seems innocent enough—until you have a …

Love What Matters

“Our foster son came home with ‘Family Tree’ homework. Here’s how we chose to handle it: Tonight we got the dreaded homework assignment… the one that seems innocent enough—until you have a kid whose tree has gone through a hurricane of sorts, with leaves and branches strewn and mixed …

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Report: Texas Must Address Teen Pregnancy & Teen Parents in Foster Care

Texans Care for Children

As state leaders work on foster care improvements, supporting these teens must be a priority.

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Hart family mystery deepens as friends remember previous foster child in Minnesota

Seattle Times

The picture of Jen and Sarah Hart, who drove off a California cliff with at least some of their kids, gets more complicated as friends recall a Minnesota teen they fostered. The women seemed caring and outgoing. “What happened to them in the last few years?” one friend asked.

Story of Harts’ foster child is one of heartbreak, though not the way some might expect – Seattle Times

Neighbor’s Father Called 911 After Hart Child Jumped Out of Window and Begged For Help … – The Root

Devonte Hart’s aunt fought — and lost — battle for custody, court records show – OregonLive.com

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‘Haven House’ to provide comfort for foster children

KFYR-TV

WILLIAMS COUNTY, N.D. – It may look like an ordinary house, but it’s actually turning into a safe haven for children. “It’s helping to fulfill a huge … There are currently 92 children in Williams County who are in foster care, 42 boys and 50 girls from infants to 18 years of age. “Across our region, which is …

Donations needed for ‘comfort cases’ to help foster children – WWBT NBC12 News

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Indigenous, Black children over-represented in foster care and group homes, inquiry says

Toronto Star

Indigenous and Black children are over-represented in foster care and group homes overseen by children’s aid societies across the province, an Ontario Human Rights Commission inquiry confirms. “These findings are deeply concerning,” said Chief Commissioner Renu Mandhane, who noted …

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Three-quarters of Colorado foster kids aren’t graduating on time. Officials say rides to school would …

The Denver Post

The education outcomes for foster kids in Colorado are grim and getting worse: Just 23 percent graduated from high school on time last year. And that’s even worse than in 2016, when the four-year graduation rate for foster youths was 33 percent. Among the reasons, experts and former foster kids …

A rising number of children in foster care – WDTV

Can a Broken Foster Care System Be Fixed? These Philanthropists Think So – Inside Philanthropy

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Say no to LGBTQ discrimination in Kansas foster care law

Kansas City Star

Every day, I help children in foster care unite with loving families who will care for them unconditionally. Sadly, there are painful moments in my job where that just doesn’t happen. And the Kansas Legislature may make it even harder to find qualified parents for these children. I remember a child I had the …

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Volunteers in Worcester fill 500 backpacks for foster kids

Worcester Telegram

WORCESTER – Hearing that a child headed to foster care might have only a few minutes to gather some treasured items in a trash bag before being placed in a new home left Andrea Castinetti stunned. “I was like, ‘How is that possible?’ ” Ms. Castinetti said. “I was so naive to it.” Back in January, when …

Changes in store for foster care system – Hopkinsville Kentucky New Era

Cost of foster care services rising – The Courier

Intensive Recruiting Finds Families For Foster Youth – CBS Denver

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Inside Game: How Foster Care Was Changed Forever

The American Prospect

With an opioid epidemic raging, leaving states from Indiana to New Mexico with ballooning numbers of foster children, hundreds of child welfare advocacy organizations and nearly every member of Congress agreed the time for change had come. But some state child welfare officials had campaigned …

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Foster parent faces child abuse charges

KeysNews.com

Foster parent faces child abuse charges. By Mandy Miles Key West CitizenApril 12, 2018. Holly Estes Monroe County child welfare officials removed four foster children, all younger than 3, from a foster home on Big Pine Key, as a result of an investigation and subsequent arrest on Thursday of longtime …

Fostering Love: Wyoming County couple steps up to help kids in need – WVVA TV

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Jennifer Hart was drunk when she drove family off California cliff in deadly crash

New York Daily News

The couple’s former foster child, identified only as Lee, reflected on the troubling period she spent with them. One memory in particular stands out to her: Her one-time guardians abandoned her at a therapy appointment, turning her over to a new family without as much as a good-bye, according to the …

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Alamance County hosts statewide foster care conference

Burlington Times News

GRAHAM — Most children in foster care are there because of abuse or neglect, but some are there because of how they behave, and teaching people how to care for them is a full-time job. “The children coming into our homes and the homes we support are coming with their own behavioral health …

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Midland Co. is in need of more foster homes for foster children – KWES NewsWest 9 / Midland …

NewsWest9.com

April is Child Abuse Awareness Month and the Midland County Child Welfare Board is getting ready for their 10th annual Blue Ribbon Run. It raises money to help foster children in Midland County while also raising awareness. The idea of fostering a child for a period of time and seeing them leave can …

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Claim: Foster children got ‘super lice,’ dental abscesses in poorly supervised foster homes

The San Diego Union-Tribune

A San Diego County employee in the child welfare department claims she was fired after she reported a protective service worker was failing to properly check on foster children, who suffered harm in their foster homes including dental abscesses and infestations of “super lice,” according to a claim filed …

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Roseville woman started a nonprofit to grant simple wishes for kids in foster care

Minneapolis Star Tribune

Last year, Ledy founded a new nonprofit called Adoption Is Love out of her Roseville home. Its mission is to grant wishes for the growing number of Minnesota children who are in foster care or are waiting to be adopted. Ledy’s goal is to offer them a unique gift, or a special activity or experience — no …

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‘Foster Boy,’ Legal Thriller About Foster Child, Has Surprising Real-Life Turn Of Events

Deadline

It’s a case of art imitating life and vice versa. This month, a legal thriller about the abuse of an African-American kid in the foster system from producer Peter Samuelson (Arlington Road) is in post-production and readying for festivals. But just last week, the screenwriter for the film Foster Boy won a $45M …

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Child welfare: How you can become a foster parent, donate or volunteer in Arizona

AZCentral.com

If you want to help better the lot of children in Arizona, there are many things you can do. Some options involve money. Others require a time commitment. Still others could propel you into advocacy. There’s something for everyone, depending on what you believe is the best way to help a child in need …

The Adoption Exchange Changes The Future For Children In Foster Care – CBS Denver

Heart gallery aims to ‘find forever families’ for children hoping to be adopted – Miami Herald

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New Bills CB Vontae Davis brings legacy of caring for foster children

Buffalo News

When Suzy Roth got off the phone after hearing that NFL players wanted to partner with her organization and treat foster children to a shopping spree, the first thing she did was look up the team’s phone number to find out if it was for real. “I thought, I cannot line up kids in foster care to go shop with Colts …

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Letter: How many more children endangered in broken foster care system?

The Mercury News

According to the child welfare system, they have an unwavering commitment to keep children safe; disturbingly this was not the case for 3-year-old Mariah Sultana Mustafa, who overdosed on “meth” twice in the care of her foster placement.

Grayling magnet maker supports animals and children in foster care – Crawford county avalanche

Wright County needs loving families to provide foster care – ECM Publishers

Triad Foster Families ‘Desperately’ Needed – WFMYNews2.com

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Foster child had ‘soft spot’ for kids in need

Tribune-Review

“He was always concerned about children who are homeless because he was actually in a foster home as a child,” said Judy Ankney. Mr. Ankney contributed regularly to Hephzibah Children’s Home in Macon, Ga., and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “He had a soft spot for all those children,” …

Reporter’s Notebook: A Foster Child’s Story – CBS Denver

Students come through for foster kids in need – Fremont News Messenger

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Eckerd Connects proposes fix to Hillsborough foster care crisis

WFLA

On March 20, Eckerd Connects sent out a “request for Information” for child welfare agencies to propose how they would staff and manage a specialized residential group home for foster teens who don’t fit in anywhere else. It’s the first step leading to a bid process to create such a home with intense …

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More foster parents needed as opioid epidemic surges in Florida

FirstCoastNews.com WTLV-WJXX

As the opioid epidemic continues to grow, so does the number of children entering Florida’s foster care system. Right now in Jacksonville, more than 800 kids are in foster care. Gabby Ricard used to be one of them. Ricard was 15-years-old when her mother was sent to prison on drug-related charges …

Letter to the editor: Valley urgently needs foster homes – Valley Courier

Number of kids in Florida’s foster care system continues to rise – WTXL ABC 27

Foster care and adoption reform bill goes to governor – Ohio County Monitor

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Friday photo: Buckner Foster Care and Adoption participates in balloon release for National Child …

Buckner International

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and several Buckner locations participated in activities to help bring awareness to the issue of child abuse. In Midland, Buckner Foster Care and Adoption participated in a balloon release, releasing ballons to honor victims of child abuse. Nationally, one in …

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Somerville: Troubled foster child makes ‘transformation’ in loving home

SFGate

“His first day in my home he said: ‘I will never get adopted, so many people say they will keep me, then they don’t want me anymore.'” This is a perfect Sunday read. This is Kareem and his new mom Elaine. It’s been a long and difficult journey for Kareem. But now he finally has a real home.

Your Turn: Arizona is neglecting its foster kids. Suing may be the only way to save them – AZCentral.com

Mom says state put her son in foster care when she got sick. Now, she can’t get him back. – Lexington Herald Leader

Alabama’s foster children need ‘forever families – AL.com

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In a Loving Foster Family, but Missing Home

New York Times

An extended relative once pulled me aside at a holiday gathering, confused by my 4-year-old foster son’s uncharacteristic moodiness. Instead of the typically spirited, joyful little boy he’d most often been since he came to live with us eight months earlier, my foster son was sullen and withdrawn.

More foster parents needed in Omaha – KMTV – 3 News Now

Comfort for kids in foster care – NUjournal

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Nurturing foster children through ‘normalcy’

mySanAntonio.com

Kristopher Bibaud, left, 18, and Adiel Fandino, right, 19, who are housemates share some laughs in 2014. A year earlier, to help those teens aging out of the system better adjust, the Texas Department of Family and Protective services started a program centered around supervised independent living.

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Foster children suing state faced unemployment, homelessness and trafficking after leaving the …

San Antonio Express-News

A blue stuffed dog — a gift from her great-grandmother — is the only thing Alyssa held onto as she was shuffled through 21 foster homes over a decade, suffering alleged abuse from one family that forced her to drink vinegar as punishment and later watching as a family that wouldn’t take her adopted …

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Losing children to foster care endangers mothers’ lives

The Conversation CA

Mothers whose children are placed in foster care are at much higher risk of dying young, particularly due to avoidable causes like suicide. When a child is placed in foster care, most of the resources are focused on the child, with little to no support for the mothers who are left behind. I have been working …

Number Of Children Placed With Relatives, In Foster Care Continues To Rise In Wisconsin – Wisconsin Public Radio News

New extended support in NWT for foster care age-outs sees uptake – CBC.ca

Kiana Barroso, former fostercare child: ‘They can’t just be a normal kid’ – AZCentral.com

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WKYT Investigates | Kentucky foster mom says state not properly funding disabled children

WKYT

Saylor has spent her career taking care of people. She worked in emergency medical services for years before becoming a home health provider, so it made sense in her mind to foster children with medical issues. 14 years ago she took on three “medically fragile” boys in their early to mid-teens.

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Foster families feel this bill could save vulnerable children

WIS

Foster parent Zach Cooper has been following the bill’s progress. Cooper’s large family includes 2-year-old foster son, ‘E’, for short. He has experienced issues with DSS but says a child advocate could help resolve these. “When we live in the tension of…tomorrow, something could go very wrong one …

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Court appointed special advocates needed for foster children

KATV

The organization known as CASA, or, court appointed special advocates, is reporting a shortage of volunteers as more children are pulled from homes of parents with drug addiction. The CASA chapter in Lonoke serves 153 foster children, but there are an additional 30 kids without a CASA the …

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Khamphanh family fosters children in need of loving home

Daily Globe

After she and Daeng — her elementary school classmate and high school prom date — married, they’d considered applying to be foster parents. Then they became pregnant with their first child and the plans were temporarily set aside. Still, the idea lingered through Natya’s baby and toddler years, and …

Officials search for 3 kids after cliff crash kills family – Washington Post

Boy in viral hug photo and his family feared dead after their SUV plunges off a cliff – Washington Post

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Braxton Slager drowning: death of toddler in foster care preventable, coroner finds

The Guardian

When police searched the home, they found “excessive amounts of alcohol” and prescription medication within easy reach of children. Tests on Slager found cyproheptadine – a strong antihistamine unsuitable for children under the age of two – in his blood. The foster mother did not have the capacity to …

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Families and Caregivers

National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Parents and caregivers play an essential role in helping children and teenagers recover from traumatic events. These resources are for parents, adoptive parents, resource/foster parents, grandparents, caregivers, and all others who care for children and teens. The more caregivers learn about how …

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Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption

Wendy’s

This is all we need to find forever families for kids across the country: a little help form you and a lot of love from our Wendy’s Wonder Kids recruiters. children. Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption®. It’s the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption’s mission to help every child in foster care find a …

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Caring for foster children [Editorial]

Houston Chronicle

Using the power of federal dollars, the bill incentivizes states to keep families together instead of putting more kids in foster homes. This should be a godsend for Texas, which has an utterly broken foster care system — a fact that U.S. District Judge Janis Jack has reiterated in two separate opinions.

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Allegedly abused Turpin children now ‘happy’ in foster homes

fox5sandiego.com

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — The minor children of David and Louise Turpin, the California couple accused of holding their 13 children captive and torturing 12 of them, are now in two foster homes, a source close to the investigation said Monday. Word of the six children’s new homes follows word from Corona …

Allegedly held captive for years, Turpin children now ‘happy’ and Skyping – CNN

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Bill allowing certain family foster homes to exceed child limit advances to legislature

WABI

A bill to allow certain families to exceed that limit now heads to the legislature. The state’s Committee on Health & Human Services voted Wednesday to send the legislation to the House and Senate. Senator Troy Jackson’s bill came in response to a family with five biological children and one foster child …

Kentucky wrongly rejecting families for foster care payments despite ruling, critics say – The Courier-Journal

Texas buys more time to avoid obeying judge’s foster care ruling — though things are murky – Dallas News

‘Galactic Trouble’ for Foster Care Ahead? – Jackson Free Press

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New York City Says It’s A Sign Of Progress That Fewer Foster Kids Return Home

The Chronicle of Social Change

The portion of youth in foster care who are eventually reunited with their biological families has been plummeting in New York City, according to a Chronicle of Social Change review of data from the city’s Administration for Children’s Services (ACS). The city reunified 68 percent of the children who exited …

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Virginia Beach in need of foster homes for children

13newsnow.com

(WVEC) — There are more than 200 children in foster care in Virginia Beach and only 60 approved foster care homes which leaves a lot of children without families. “Whenever a child is separated from their family, it creates trauma. And through our program we’re trying to provide that temporary safe …

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Need for foster homes increases as opioid epidemic continues

Spectrum News

BLASDELL, N.Y. — As it’s said, there is no place like home. For Olivia Schwarzott and her husband, that saying has a very special meaning. “One of my best friends growing up was in foster care and I also didn’t have the greatest childhood,” Schwarzott said. “So it was always in the back of mind as …

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The Trump Administration Is Making It Harder to Stop Foster Children From Being Trafficked

Rewire

That same year, the Department of Children and Families in Connecticut reported that 86 trafficking victims identified in the state were involved in child welfare, with many living in foster care or group homes. And a 2014 State Policy Advocacy and Reform Center report found that, in New York state, up to …

Lawmaker: DCS lied to foster family about violent teen’s past – WSMV Nashville

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Goodwill, Children’s Guardian Fund partner for foster children

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Goodwill Manasota vice presidents Margie Genter and Veronica Brandon Miller pose with “Celebrate You” donors Robin and John Sullivan and Maureen and Jack Higgins, along with Children’s Guardian Fund program director Jan Vestal. [COURTESY PHOTO] …

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Atkins church hopes to build foster home for children

Southwest Virginia Today

Freedom Tabernacle in Atkins has long focused on children as a part of the church’s ministry. Pastor Mike Sage is standing on the church’s soccer field with the church in the background. Freedom Tabernacle has a gym, playground, and soccer and baseball fields and offers a variety of camps and other …

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Oregon Agency Agrees to $1.3M Settlement for Foster Child

U.S. News & World Report

“During the home study for foster parent certification, Wallis disclosed to DHS that he self-described as a sex addict, he was diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder and had obsessions and compulsions with pornography and strip clubs,” Josh Lamborn, the girl’s attorney, wrote in the lawsuit.

Oregon Department of Human Services agrees to $1.3M settlement for foster child – Statesman Journal

Oregon pays $1.3 million settlement after placing foster child with self-described sex addict – OregonLive.com

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Wisconsin Adoption

wiadopt.org

Wisconsin Adoption. Information and resources for families interested in adoption, birth parents interested in learning about making an adoption plan for their child, and tools for child welfare staff. Connect with the Coalition. Post-Adoption Resources. Learn about Foster Care …

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Coalition for Children | Youth

coalitionforcyf.org

Our Mission. To inspire, inform, and support individuals and families caring for children touched by foster care and adoption. LEARN MORE · Learn about Adoption · Post-Adoption Resources · Learn about Foster Care …

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Mom Speaks Out After Her Child’s Foster Parent Is Arrested On Child Porn Charges

CBS Sacramento

RANCHO CORDOVA (CBS13) — A Sacramento mother is speaking out, furious with Child Protective Services for placing her children in the care of a foster parent that’s now facing child pornography charges. “I’m angry. I’m sad. I feel like the system is failing my children. I don’t know what to do,” she …

Mother Speaks Out After Her Child’s Foster Parent Is Arrested On Child Porn Charges – CBS Sacramento

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One woman’s drive to match foster kids with their forever homes

MLive.com

HOLLAND, MI — Helen Zeerip cared for several young foster children before she realized many of them face a dismal future. A quarter of children raise in foster care end up on the streets within a few years after transitioning into adulthood because they lack a support system. “I did foster care for 14 years …

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Two foster agencies in Philly won’t place kids with LGBTQ people

Philly.com

Last year, Bethany Christian Services was reimbursed $1.3 million for operating foster homes for 170 children, representing 1.5 percent of the department’s payments to foster care providers. Catholic Social Services was reimbursed $1.7 million in the same year for 266 children, representing 1.9 percent …

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Former foster home operators accused in lawsuit of inappropriate discipline, letting kids use drugs

CBC.ca

A former operator of foster homes for high-risk youth in western Manitoba is being accused of permitting children in care to use illegal drugs, engaging in inappropriate discipline procedures with children and using staff who were subjects of abuse allegations to provide care. The allegations were filed in …

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25 Investigates: State pays millions to foster care company with history of problems

My Fox Boston

Millions in taxpayer dollars are still flowing to a for-profit company caring for hundreds of Massachusetts foster kids – despite more than a decade of past evidence the state contractor is not doing enough to protect children under its watch, 25 Investigates uncovered. A recent congressional report …

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Investigation into foster homes confidential, won’t be released: children’s advocate

CBC.ca

The provincial government asked the Office of the Children’s Advocate to review a foster home program operating in western Manitoba two years ago, a review was completed, but neither the government nor the children’s advocate will reveal the outcome. “The recommendations provided are being …

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Basehor couple launches nonprofit to create foster care village and give metro kids a home

fox4kc.com

BASEHOR, Kan. – A metro couple has launched a nonprofit with the hopes of building a foster care community in Kansas. Sarah and Justin Oberndorfer have been foster parents intermediately for 10 years; they’re currently fostering three children in addition to their four biological children. “Once you …

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Glen Evans: Take it from a former foster child, you are the solution to the foster care crisis

Tulsa World

The Tulsa County foster care system is in dire need of homes. At this time, there are about 490 foster homes in Tulsa County, and that simply is not enough to accommodate the more than 2,000 children each year who come from confirmed abuse cases, not to mention the children from previous years …

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Nearly 300 people learn what it takes to foster a child in RI

The Providence Journal

They were among the nearly 300 people who spent the weekend undergoing an intensive training program to prepare them for foster care licensing. Rhode Island is believed to be one of the first states in the country to compress the 10-week training process into a three-day program. The advantages of …

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Technology to match singles now to help foster children find families

First Coast News

There are more than 800 children in foster homes across the state of Florida waiting to be a part of their own forever family. “Our goal is to improve and transform the lives of current and former foster children,” said Ashley Brown, founder of Selfless Love Foundation, a non-profit which helps to enrich …

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Local family sues DCF after foster child sexually assaults 4yearold

picklinika.lt

Graham is suspected to have murdered Wilson. A South DEP and DCF Partner to Provide State Park Passes to Foster Families Park passes will be distributed to foster parents throughout the state by Community-Based Care (CBC) lead agencies and local DCF offices. Um. “This is Oct 31, 2015 When a …

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HHS Study Documents Link Between Substance Abuse & Foster Care Increases

CWLA

he Office of Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) has released research on the relationship between increased substance abuse (especially opioids) and the increasing foster care numbers. The ASPE study, Substance Use, the Opioid Epidemic, and the Child Welfare System: Key …

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AG Paxton Defends Texas Legislature’s Foster Care System Reform at the 5th Circuit

Texas Attorney General

Attorney General Ken Paxton today filed a brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit defending the Texas foster care system from judicially imposed directives that could harm more children than it would help. In January, the U.S. District Court in Corpus Christi ruled that two court-appointed …

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How Does Foster Care Work?

Adoption.Org

There are many myths and misunderstandings about foster care and how it works. So how does foster care work? Foster parents take care of over 400,000 kids across the U.S., with 100,000 foster children being free for adoption. Foster care is supposed to be the temporary care of a child until they can …

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The Gifted Child in Foster Care: Lost in the Shuffle

Education Week

Yet Garcia’s experience, while hopeful, is far from the norm for students with high potential in foster care, according to experts. Trauma, schooling instability, poverty: Any one of those challenges can make it harder for gifted children to be found and to show their strengths, and students in the foster-care …

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DCF chief tells panel to find out why so many Hillsborough kids are in foster care

Tampabay.com

Florida Department of Children and Families Secretary Mike Carrroll addresses a meeting of foster agency executives and child welfare workers at DCF’s office on Florida Avenue Monday. Seated behind him are some of the10 foster care experts he has assembled to review the county’s overburdened …

Angry critics tell DCF secretary what’s wrong with Hillsborough foster care – WFLA

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Rancho Cordova foster parent accused of having child porn

KCRA Sacramento

“Sacramento Child Protective Services has been apprised on the arrest of a licensed foster parent by the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department,” she said in an email. “Any children placed in this foster home by Sacramento County CPS have been removed and a referral to Community Care Licensing, …

Foster Parent Facing Child Porn Charges Appears in Court – FOX40

Rancho Cordova foster parent accused of possessing child porn – KCRA Sacramento

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Dire need for foster care homes in Lexington, Richland counties

WIS

According to the South Carolina Department of Social Services, the two counties are in need of 270 more foster care homes to care for the more than 600 children currently being cared for. There are currently around 200 regular foster homes within the two counties in addition to more intensive foster …

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Granger girl spends birthday giving gifts to foster care children

WSBT-TV

That’s right. A local 9-year-old chose to give gifts instead of receiving them. And with having close friends who are in the foster system, she wanted to help bring a little warmth into the lives of others. When Chloe learned Northpoint Church in Granger was accepting donations for children in foster care, …

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Mother: Son was in care of Rancho Cordova foster parent accused of having child porn

KCRA Sacramento

The mother of a child in foster care said her son was living with a Rancho Cordova foster parent accused of possessing child pornography. The woman, whom KCRA 3 has chosen not to identify in order to protect her son’s identity and the identity of her other children, went to Sacramento County Child …

Mother Says She Learned of Foster Parent’s Charges from News Instead of CPS – FOX40

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Rancho Cordova Foster Parent Faces Child Pornography Charges

FOX40

SACRAMENTO — A Rancho Cordova man in jail Monday night faces serious charges, including child pornography. John Poulson, one of Kevin Barker’s neighbors in a Rancho Cordova neighborhood, said he called police last week after opening a memory card Barker gave him. “When I saw his face I …

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ACLU’s ‘petty lawsuit’ won’t help foster children, families tell court

Crux: Covering all things Catholic

A 2015 law, which was passed with the backing of the Michigan Catholic Conference, prevents state-funded adoption and foster agencies from being forced to place children in violation of their beliefs. The law protects them from civil action and from threats to their public funding. When the law was …

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California bills target lengthy foster-parent approval process

LA Daily News

California legislators have introduced two new bills aimed at easing the funding delays facing by thousands of new foster parents in the state, an unforeseen byproduct of the state’s foster-care reforms. As the state implements broad changes to its child-welfare system through the Continuum of Care …

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Philly puts out urgent call – 300 families needed for fostering

Philly.com

Frequent foster parents Sheina Martinez, a social worker, and Andy Martinez, a fire fighter, gather in front of a wall of photographs with their two children Jada (13, middle left), and Andre (10, middle right). As of now they are not looking after any children, but Sheina says she could get the call at any …

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Kentucky Youth Speak Up: Support the Education of Children in Foster Care

Kentucky Youth Advocates

We know that youth in Kentucky are key to creating positive change for kids, and their leadership galvanizes other youth, parents, educators, community leaders, and legislators. In the Kentucky Youth Speak Up series, students advocate for policies, encourage other youth to serve their communities, …

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Practice to Policy: Family First Could Finally Bring Revolution To Child Welfare, Reduce Foster …

America Forward

Practice to Policy: Family First Could Finally Bring Revolution To Child Welfare, Reduce Foster Care And Trauma. March 6, 2018. Every day social innovators and social innovation organizations across the country are measurably impacting communities and individuals. This Practice to Policy blog series …

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Become a foster caregiver

Government of Alberta

Ongoing training is required to support caregivers in the fostering process. Learning about how to meet the different needs of infants, children and youth can be challenging and exciting. A learning plan is developed for each caregiver family to assist in providing the …

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On The Navajo Nation, Foster Care Families Are In Short Supply

NPR

When the doorbell rings at 2 a.m., Vallis Martinez isn’t that worried. It happens all the time. She opens the door and welcomes the child. No bag. No toothbrush. Just the clothes on the child’s back and a sad story — Mom or Dad was driving drunk, parents were cooking meth or hurting each other. “They’re …

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Oregon officials agree to reduce the use of hotels as temporary homes for foster children

OregonLive.com

Oregon officials have agreed to drastically reduce by mid-2020 their use of hotels and other unsuitable settings as short-term homes for foster children. The state’s child welfare program in desperation has increasingly relied upon hotels, state offices and even youth detention centers to shelter children in …

Oregon Agrees To Limit Placement Of Foster Kids In Hotels – OPB News

Oregon DHS to stop lodging foster children in hotels – KTVZ

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Hundreds of kids in foster care without homes in Wyandotte County

fox4kc.com

WYANDOTTE COUNTY, Kan. – There aren’t enough foster parents to care for children needing temporary homes in Wyandotte County, according to child welfare services. KVC Kansas, a private nonprofit child welfare organization, is responsible for finding foster homes for children in 30 counties across …

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Vancouver parents, DSHS reach settlement in foster child abuse lawsuit

KPTV.com

A Vancouver couple said their foster child was taken from them by the state of Washington, only to be reunited with her biological father, who’s a convicted child rapist. The family said, despite their warnings, the little girl was sexually abused by her dad for years. Jared, the former foster dad, only wants to …

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Gov. Nathan Deal proposes additional funding as foster care needs continue rising

Gainesville Times

The governor’s proposed budget calls for $15 million to support general foster care services provided by the state Division of Family and Children Services; $7.5 million to raise per diem rates by $2.50 for foster children placed with relatives; $3.8 million to support the administrative costs of private child …

Who will speak for the children? – Troy Daily News

Who speaks for the children? – Piqua Daily Call

‘We’ve fostered 15 children, in the beginning I thought we were going to save the world’ – thejournal.ie

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Foster Care Advocates Commend Wisconsin Assembly, Senate For Legislative Action

Wisconsin Public Radio News

She said in 2010, there were 120 foster children in La Crosse County. By last year, that number had grown to 180 children in foster care. There are currently just 107 foster homes in La Crosse County, but she said the county could use as many as 140 foster homes to meet the existing demand.

The Georgia Bill That Could Prevent Some LGBTQ People From Adopting Is Unfair to Foster Kids – TeenVogue.com

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Mentoring a foster child can help make a difference

FOX 10 News Phoenix

“Our mentor program matches volunteers from in the community with school-aged children in foster care,” said Laura Pahules, Director for Arizonans for Children. Kids need role models, especially kids who’ve had a rough start at life. “You need to care, and you need to understand that they’re just kids …

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Opioid Epidemic Gives Rise to Increased Need for Foster Homes

Wheeling Intelligencer

“We know the number of children in foster care is growing because of drug and opioid abuse,” said Stephanie Strope, who serves as a supervisor at the Wheeling branch of the Children’s Home Society of West Virginia. “As an advocate for children, I think we need to make sure we have the best …

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Our foster system is a pipeline for children into homelessness. It must be fixed

Los Angeles Times

For youth who have spent years in group or foster homes or who are exiting foster care, the risk is substantial. … in your editorials will aid this effort, but until fundamental changes are made to how our community takes care of our foster children, it will continue to operate as a pipeline into homelessness.

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Hillsborough foster agency, cash-strapped and overloaded with kids, looks to state to cover $4.1 …

Tampabay.com

The Florida Department of Children and Families does maintain an “emergency pool” fund for lead child welfare agencies that experience a sharp rise in the number of children being taken into foster care. Eckerd Connects requested $3.4 million but was only awarded an extra $169,000 this year.

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Leo Varadkar: Adoption registrations ‘a dark chapter’

BBC News

Every adoption agency in Ireland has been involved in illegal child registrations, according to the head of children’s charity Barnados. The discovery of …

Irish adoption registrations ‘a dark chapter’ – Radio New Zealand

Adoption revelations: What has Tusla identified? – RTE.ie

New child adoption scandal engulfs Ireland – Channel NewsAsia

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Real Housewives of Dallas’ Brandi Redmond Adopts Baby Boy After Fertility Struggles

PEOPLE.com

The couple’s son — born prematurely on Dec. 31, weighing 4 lbs., 5 oz., and measuring 18 inches, and adopted via a closed adoption — has been a …

Brandi From ‘Real Housewives Of Dallas’ Adopted A Baby Boy & Fans Will Get To See Her Journey … – Bustle

The Real Housewives of Dallas’ Brandi Redmond Has Adopted a Baby Boy – Bravo (blog)

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Adoption: ‘We got her, but not in the legal way’

RTE.ie

Theresa Hiney Tinggal is from Dublin and now lives in Bournemouth in the south of England. Ms Tinggal discovered 16 years ago, when she was 48, …

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126 had births incorrectly registered by former adoption society St Patrick’s Guild by Morning Ireland

SoundCloud

Stream 126 had births incorrectly registered by former adoption society St Patrick’s Guild by Morning Ireland from desktop or your mobile device.

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The Surprising Power Of Celebrity Adoption-Fantasy Fanfiction

The Establishment

There are thousands of these adoption fantasies swarming the internet. But why are so many teenagers dreaming about an evening with their mom …

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EP29: Adoption, Kail’s Dating Show, & Sperm banks

Coffee Convos

Lindsie talks to Chelsea about being a child from the 1st marriage & her adoption story. They talk about people being social media parents & how …

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Review into potential introduction of open adoption due

Irish Times

A review examining the potential introduction of open or semi-open adoption has been announced by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.

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Controversial adoption bill signed by governor

KFDI

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer has signed legislation granting legal protections to faith-based adoption agencies that cite their religious …

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Adoption program moves in new direction

The Record

With personal knowledge of the complex adoption process, DeJaco Crutcher is leading a major shift in the adoption program at Catholic Charities.

 

Legislation to address adoption costs still waiting on final approval

WBRZ

BATON ROUGE – Legislation that could make the adoption process less expensive and risky is still one step away. The Governor still needs to sign HB …

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  Rates of intercountry adoption falling in US

The Daily Progress

In fiscal year 2017, the overall number of adoptions to the United States was 4,714, a decrease of 658 adoptions from the previous fiscal year, …

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  Years after giving child up for adoption, Gallatin mom adopted niece

The Tennessean

After anguishing over her next steps, she decided to put baby up for an open adoption to give Braelyn a better life. “I just didn’t want her to feel the …

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  Rumaan Alam Ponders the Limits of Parental Love

The Atlantic

Rebecca and her apprehensive husband Christopher soon legally adopt the baby, Andrew, as their own son, thus formalizing the familial structures …

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  How a young single mom adopted a troubled teen boy and inspired her community

ABC News

A young single mom who adopted a troubled teenage boy from a foster care is inspiring her community, and “Good Morning America” is honoring the …

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Powerful Stories From Adoptive Parents And Adoptees On Transracial Adoption

WAMU 88.5

As the national conversation over race and identity continues, parents who adopt across racial and ethnic lines are becoming more intentional about …

Oklahoma Governor Signs ‘Anti-LGBT’ Adoption Law

Political Wire

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) signed a law that says no child-placement agency will be required to put children up for adoption or in foster care in …

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Grassley Floor Statement on National Adoption Month

Chuck Grassley

Prepared Statement by Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa. Co-Founder and Co-Chair of Senate Caucus on Foster Youth. National Adoption Month. May 16 …

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Kansas House: Adoption agencies can refuse LGBT couples based on religious beliefs

Wichita Eagle

The Kansas House has approved a bill that would ensure adoption agencies can turn away gay and lesbian couples if adopting to them would run counter to the organization’s religious beliefs. After a sharp debate over whether the legislation amounts to discrimination or simply an effort to protect …

Kansas bill protects adoption agencies that cite religious beliefs to keep kids out of LGBT homes – ABC News

Kansas bill protects adoption agencies that cite religious beliefs to reject LGBT homes – KMBZ

Kansas lawmakers pass adoption bill critics say biased against gay couples – Reuters

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Greece passes law to end ‘regime of grief’ on adoption red tape

Reuters

ATHENS (Reuters) – Greece approved legislation on Wednesday speeding up child adoption and allowing same-sex couples to become guardians of orphans, cutting a morass of bureaucracy where candidate parents and thousands of children are trapped waiting for years. There is an average six-year …

Greece Passes Law to End ‘Regime of Grief’ on Adoption Red Tape – U.S. News & World Report

Greece passes law to end ‘regime of grief’ on adoption red tape – The Straits Times

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We’re White. Can We Adopt a Black Child?

The Nation.

My spouse and I are considering adoption, probably domestically. We are both white with professional degrees. We would welcome a child of any color and are disturbed by the clearly racist patterns in domestic adoption. But we also often sense something ethically ambiguous or even orientalist in …

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New adoption file rules set

KAIT

According to the Arkansas Department of Health, people who have been adopted can request their adoption file from the state agency starting Aug. 1. The records can be requested and forms are available for birth parents who want to remove their name from an adoption file or update their medical or …

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Missouri adoption agency sounds alarm on plummeting international adoptions

KCTV Kansas City

Adoption agencies and hopeful families are sounding the alarm on the plummeting number of international adoptions. The reasons are varied and …

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