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Every state is struggling with child protection and foster care.  What’s it like to be a foster child or a foster parent in your state?  The following articles are arranged by state.  Check out your state here;

Alaska’s Rate of children in foster care double that of the rest of the nation…

Arizona; Increase in foster care children – Donald Williams vs AZ child-Welfare

California; 1000’s of adoptions ended as courts are closed because of pandemic. Children’s Mental Health & foster care

California; Gabriel Fernandez death 7 years ago and child protection in California today.

Colorado; Child abuse calls drop by half during COVID – Disturbing rise in “non-accidental child trauma”.

Connecticut; Invisible Children

Florida;  Foster care during Corona Virus (16,000 child abuse hotline calls / month pre Covid -3000 calls / month as of May 25th)

Georgia Expects Pandemic to create upsurge in foster care.

Idaho; Increase in adoptions (video) & the highest rate of wedded minors (248,000 12 and under in U.S. between 2000 -2010) Reviews can be used as evidence

Iowa; Help needed finding foster families in Western Iowa

Illinois; 2M grant for trama-focused treatment. A.J. Freund 5 yr old boy beaten to death

Indiana; Allowing children to remain in foster care during pandemic

Kansas Closes last youth residential cares for boys (PCAP).  35% of these Kansas kids graduated high school this year.

Kansas; Twisted cruelty in Kansas foster care system for teen girls. Mental health goes virtual

Kentucky foster families were struggling to find families before the pandemic – it will be even harder coming out of the Covid pandemic.

Louisiana; Child Protective Services needs 1500 workers to help at risk children.

Louisiana; half of child care centers closed

Massachusetts; Abused children stuck and home and child abuse reports drop a big concern

Minnesota; May is Foster Care Month (15,000 children in foster care) Quietly banning child marriage in MN

Maine; Redesigned website for DHHS to better serve the public

Michigan; Youth sent out of state by DCS return with Covid

Missouri; Big change for foster children

Montana Child Abuse reports down significantly – child advocates worried.

Nebraska; Heartland family services buys Archdiocese campus.

Nevada; Dave Thomas foundation expands Wendy’s Wonderful Kids charity

New Hampshire; National Foster Care Month – 1 in 17 children live outside of their family home.

New Mexico; Who decides on foster placements?

New York; Foster children asking the Governor for help.  Emergency orders for vulnerable young adults.  Juvenile Detentions rise.

 

North Carolina; Isolation, depression and poverty of aging out foster children.

Ohio; First in house adoptions since mid-March

Oklahoma; Lack of foster families places children outside the county

Oregon; Legislators meeting in secret to cut funding to child protection and foster care. Expected surge in abuse cases

Rhode Island; Emergency care for foster children during pandemic.

South Carolina teachers helping abused children outside the classroom during the pandemic.

Tennessee; Kids in need of permanent homes

Texas; RMYA / Roy Maas Youth Alternatives Accreditation

 

Virginia; Spike in child abuse cases

Washington; Foster child housing-rescue plan. Abuse allegations forcing Prescott boys home closure

Washington DC; At the bottom of all at risk child indicators Children quarantined in Government Office Building Advocates Alarmed

Wisconsin; Trauma screening through ACEs to help abused children heal – Black children 4 times more likely to be removed from the home in CP cases.  Governor Evers cuts 1.9 M from child welfare services.

 

 

 

 

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