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The Uncertain Fate of Migrant Children Sent to Foster Care

New Republic

But May would also recognize a darker reality—“the plight of innocent children who are in foster care because their lives have been disrupted by …

Opioid crisis sending thousands of children into foster care – The Hill

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Beyond Opioids: How A Family Came Together To Stay Together

NPR

After a decade of steady decline, the number of children in foster care had … Studies show that many kids entering the foster care system go through …

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A foster mom for immigrant kids says they’re ‘shell shocked’ and ‘terrified’

CNN

(CNN) The screams were guttural. Terrified. Inconsolable. Different from those the family was used to hearing from the dozens of foster children that, …

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‘They’re Anxious.’ Separated Migrant Children in Foster Care Are Now in Limbo After Trump’s …

TIME

For now, foster care programs plan to continue taking care of these kids (the Department of Health and Human Services stipulates unaccompanied …

Chaos as parents, lawyers try to find separated children – CNN

California housing about 100 immigrant children separated from parents at the border – SFGate

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As Trump signs executive order, dozens of migrant children wait in Michigan foster care

Michigan Radio

Grand Rapids-based Bethany Christian Services has been providing transitional foster care for immigrant children since 2013. Dona Abbott is the …

Protests as children separated from families at border now in Bethany Christian Services’ foster care – Fox17

Families Torn Apart: Migrant Infants and Kids Enter Michigan Foster Care – Deadline Detroit

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US foster parents of separated immigrant children ‘don’t know how much worse it could be’

ABC News

Over time, the boy confided to his foster parents, Karl and Jen, that he and his father had escaped violence and poverty in their homeland only to be …

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The other missing children scandal: Thousands of lost American foster kids

Washington Post

A “missing” foster child is not necessarily on the streets; some are safe with a foster family or relative, and even though the state has lost track of them, …

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Separated children are sent to foster homes hundreds of miles from their parents, the Texas border

Houston Chronicle

More than 2,300 migrant children have been separated from parents, and dozens are now being funneled from Texas shelters to foster homes across …

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Bethany Christian Services providing foster homes for 81 children due to border crisis

WZZM13.com

Prior to April 2018, a child would occasionally end up separated from their parent after crossing the U.S. border, but Dona Abbott of Bethany Christian …

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The state took her foster license away. But the kids stayed with her. Why?

AZCentral.com

The state determined Natasha Shimp no longer was fit to hold a foster license. Yet, the Department of Child Safety left three small children in her care …

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Former foster kid celebrates first Father’s Day as foster dad

Great Falls Tribune

The couple is fostering-to-adopt an 11 year old boy from Missoula which is important to Adam because he lived in foster care as a child. (Photo: …

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Newark foster parent in jail due to possible abuse, child’s death

10TV

Community members in Newark say they are in shock after a little boy died and his father was arrested. Kenneth Schulz is in jail on a $500,000 bond …

Boy with severe injuries dies; foster parent charged. – Seattle Times

Foster parent charged after 5-year-old dies from severe injuries – The Newark Advocate

Foster dad charged after 5-year-old Newark boy dies – ABC6OnYourSide.com

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Story County program celebrates 25 years of helping children in foster care

Iowa State Daily

Thousands of children are subject to abuse in the U.S. every year. With social workers and foster homes being overloaded with kids to take in, …

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Does Privatized Foster Care Put Kids at Risk?

CityLab

The number of kids in foster care is climbing, and so are public costs. In search of efficiencies, many states have at least partially privatized their …

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Opioid crisis putting more NC kids in foster care

The Fayetteville Observer

A soaring number of children are living in foster care in North Carolina because their parents are abusing alcohol, opioids and other drugs and cannot …

Opioid Epidemic Forcing High Number of NC Children Into Foster Care: Report – WFMYNews2.com

Substance abuse tied to foster care placement increase in Forsyth – Winston-Salem Journal

Children of parents with substance abuse more likely to be placed in foster care – WRAL.com

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Top Kentucky child protection leader steps down amid foster care surge

Courier Journal

Bevin identified reforming child welfare, especially foster care and adoption, as one of his priorities when he took office in December 2015.

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The Trump administration’s separation of families at the border, explained

Vox

Dozens of parents are being split from their children each day — the …. group homes and transitional foster care,” to house children separated from …

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The Trump administration separated 2000 kids from their parents in just 6 weeks

Vox

That’s an average of roughly 48 kids separated from their families per day, often sent into foster homes or held in detention centers. This might actually …

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This Woman’s Autistic Foster Son Was Ripped From Her Arms Because She Works With Catholics

The Federalist

After being yanked from his foster family, the boy spent weeks languishing in temporary homes instead of being returned to his home because of the …

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Nonprofit nestled in Galien helps children in foster care feel at home

ABC 57 News

GALIEN, Mich. – On the corner of Cleveland Avenue in the quiet town of Galien, is a place where children in foster care can shop in a store all their …

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Young Advocates Discuss Life in Foster Care

cwla.org

In 2013, Florida extended foster care permitting eligible young adults to … Many youth in foster care including Kameron were told by a child welfare …

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Changing needs, strategies in foster care as number of children in Missouri’s system increases

St. Louis Public Radio

For the first time in two decades, a growing number of children in St. Louis and Missouri are in foster care, and the opioid epidemic is a driving factor.

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Girl, 6, died by hanging in foster care. County settles with family for $1.5 million.

Washington Post

She told her foster mother that she wanted to jump out a window and die, according to a lawsuit. She drew a stick-figure picture of a child hanging from …

$1.5 million settlement in child’s foster care death in MN – Valley News Live

Hennepin County reaches $1.5 million settlement with family of girl who died in foster care – Minneapolis Star Tribune

Hennepin County Agrees to Pay Out $1.5M in Lawsuit Stemming from Foster Child’s Death – KSTP

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Wednesday’s Child: Foster Care Counts

FOX 11 Los Angeles

(FOX 11) – Each week, the Wednesday’s Child program team is at the forefront to present a child or a sibling set in foster care with the hope of finding …

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Family First renews focus for children in foster care

Albany Times Union

When a child is removed from a family home and placed in foster care, both the child and family suffer. Forced separation from family is …

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I Don’t Need to ‘Understand’ Anyone Who Still Supports This President*

Esquire.com

The child cries frequently, especially when she changes settings, such as leaving her foster family’s home to attend a doctor’s appointment.

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‘It’s Horrendous’: The Heartache of a Migrant Boy Taken From His Father

New York Times

Then it turned into “just moaning and moaning,” said Janice, his foster mother. He recently slept through the night for the first time, though he still …

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State Turns to Urgent Placement of Foster Kids with Relatives, Friends

Oklahoma Watch

Faced with a persistent need to find safe foster homes for children in crisis, but wanting to reduce the bouncing of children from home to home, …

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Alaska uses a for-profit mental hospital to hold foster kids who shouldn’t be there

Anchorage Daily News

Medicaid pays directly for care rather than the Office of Children’s Services. Programs more appropriate for troubled foster children might not be …

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Children from border fight in Washington state foster care

Albany Times Union

SEATAC, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and a roster of fellow Democratic politicians on Saturday decried the federal government’s …

Rep. Jayapal meets 174 asylum-seeking women, many separated from children, at SeaTac prison – Seattle Times

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Will the New Foster Care Law Give Grandparents a Hand?

The Pew Charitable Trusts (blog)

The aim of a new federal law is to reduce the number of children who end up in the troubled foster care system — the biggest reboot of the child …

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Can I foster?

Tusla

Foster carers are a diverse group of people who come from all walks of life. … allows us to match children and young people with suitable families.

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Adoption & Foster Care Resources

Gay Parent Magazine

Adoption And Foster Care Resources For Gay Parenting. … There are an estimated 400,000 children in foster care with slightly over 100,000 children …

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Foster parents needed for growing number of Montana children

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle

After Ren and Dan Douthit became licensed foster parents with Youth Dynamics in February, they received their first child placement three weeks ago.

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A Foster Child, and Liberal

New York Times

To the Editor: “Life as Foster Child Made Me a Conservative,” by Rob Henderson (Op-Ed, May 22), caught my attention because I share a similar …

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Inspired by their faith, SJ pediatricians take in foster children

Cherry Hill Courier Post

VOORHEES – When a foster child first arrives at the home of Drs. David and Laurie Bruner, the doctors order snacks and a bath for their new charge.

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‘We leave no child behind’: Manitowoc couple have opened their home and hearts to 15 foster …

Herald Times Reporter

MANITOWOC – Becky Brooks sliced a head of iceberg lettuce on a paper plate in her Manitowoc kitchen, listening to her granddaughter, …

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Foster children in dire need of foster homes, SC faces shortage

WIS

There is a renewed push for regular foster homes for 1,640 children in South Carolina, following the discovery of 11-month-old Harlee Lewis’ body in …

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Black Children and Foster Care: On Surviving the Trauma of a System That Doesn’t Care About …

The Root

Everything happened so quickly. I was laughing, talking trash and schooling kids on the basketball court in the gymnasium of my after-school program …

Local celebrated during Foster Parent Appreciation Month – Northwest Georgia News

Gilbert family opens their home to foster care children – KTAR.com

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Texas Foster Kids Continue To Sleep In State Offices

HPPR

As The Austin American-Statesman reports, last month 50 foster children were forced to sleep in Child Protective Services offices for at least two …

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1700 Texas foster children ran away last year, 245 currently missing

Houston Chronicle

AUSTIN — Texas had 245 foster children listed as runaways as of Tuesday, and they are at high risk of falling prey to sex traffickers, according to the …

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Teen mothers in foster care have high risk of losing custody of babies

Reuters

(Reuters Health) – Teen mothers who are in foster care may be more likely to lose custody of their babies than adolescent mothers in different living …

Understanding the Intergenerational Cycle of Child Protective Service Involvement – AAP News

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After an abusive childhood in foster care, this executive sees success as his revenge.

Washington Post

Steve Pemberton was a forgotten child, abused and neglected and kept under the thumb of a punishingly cruel foster family in Massachusetts.

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DCF Announces New Child Welfare Grants and Contract – Newsroom

Kansas Department for Children and Families

DCF developed the improved child welfare grants and contract to address known issues within the Kansas foster care system after receiving input from …

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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 parentshomes 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 familiesfor 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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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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Adopted children ‘barely surviving’ in high-pressure schools

The Guardian

Adopted children who have suffered traumatic early experiences are “barely surviving” in the current high-pressure school environment and need …

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Recent Child Abuse and Neglect Allegations Hurting International Adoption

whotv.com

DES MOINES, Iowa — Amid an Osceola couple’s child neglect and endangerment allegations in regard to their two children adopted from Africa, …

Attorney explains adoption process following couple’s child abuse charges – KCCI Des Moines

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ACLU: Immigrant woman says border agent threatened to put her daughter up for adoption

The Hill (blog)

The outlet noted that Texas law only permits putting a child up for adoption if their biological parents consent or if a judge has terminated their parental …

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Court orders adoption of 17-year-old girl with special needs

Irish Times

The High Court has ordered the adoption of a 17-year-old girl who was not toilet trained or able to speak properly before she was long-term fostered at …

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More Adopted Children, Who Are Adults Now, Look For Birth Parents

NPR

More international adoptees in the U.S. are looking for their birth parents than ever before. This has to do with a culmination of factors — from the rise …

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Why Are Americans Adopting Fewer Foreign Children?

Reason

In the ’90s, China opened itself up for international adoption and quickly became the country with the most children adopted to the United States. Now …

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Recent Child Abuse and Neglect Allegations Hurting International Adoption

whotv.com

DES MOINES, Iowa — Amid an Osceola couple’s child neglect and endangerment allegations in regard to their two children adopted from Africa, some …

Attorney explains adoption process following couple’s child abuse charges – KCCI Des Moines

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Could immigrant children separated from their relatives face adoption?

AZCentral.com

Since the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance border policy led to the separation of more than 2,300 immigrant children from their relatives since …

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The Threat of International Adoption for Migrant Children Separated From Their Families

The Intercept

Was the government planning on creating “social orphans” out of the children, then offering them up for adoption? Horrified observers had already …

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Christian Non-Profit Faces Scrutiny Over Government Foster Care Contract for Separated Children

Snopes.com

Among the approaches taken by the federal government has been to engage foster care providers throughout the country to house children whose …

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Fullerton man rediscovers daughter, given up for adoption, who was told he’d died

Los Angeles Times

But Granados, who grew up in Santa Ana, barely had time to bond with his daughter before learning from friends that Jenelle’s mother took the baby …

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Border Agent Threatened to Put Immigrant’s Daughter Up for Adoption, ACLU Says

Daily Beast

HOUSTON—Maria and her 12-year-old daughter surrendered to Customs and Border Protection agents immediately after crossing the Rio Grande on …

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This Christian Group Fostering Migrant Kids Has a History of Coercive Adoptions

Rewire.News

Some of those children are being housed in the state by Bethany Christian Services, a religious adoption agency with a troubling record.

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Did a Christian Foster Care Provider ‘Kidnap’ Migrant Children for Profit?

Snopes.com

Bethany Christian Services ‘kidnapped’ migrant children separated from their … Bethany Christian Services, an adoption center with financial ties to …

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Brock family

Family Story – AdoptUSKids

Kristen Brock shared her adoption story with us in a short note that began: Imaginary dating … I always knew I wanted more kids. After one child, a …

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Department of Children and Families | Fabian

state.nj.us

new jersey dyfs adoption. … Home > Adoption > Waiting Children > Fabian. Fabian. Fabian is full of creativity and is fueled by a great imagination.

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ACWA Barriers to Adoption Submission

Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies

ACWA has made a submission to the national inquiry into local adoption currently being conducted by the House of Representatives Standing …

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Buckner leading the way for adoption in Kenya

Buckner International

As inter-country adoptions to the United States have fallen dramatically in recent years, children in other countries who might have been adopted by …

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KARA’s reporting on adoption and foster care for the month of June.

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