Foster Care

Judge orders sweeping changes to Texas foster care system

DALLAS (AP) — A judge ordered Texas to make sweeping changes to its foster care system on Friday, two years after she found it unconstitutionally broken.<p>U.S. District Judge Janis Graham Jack told the state the overhaul must include improvements in record keeping, caseworker visits and where …

Ken Paxton

Foster Parents Advocate for Stronger Rights

“Whenever I go anywhere, I walk in with seven kids,” started Kittitas County resident Jessica Hanna with a chuckle, “So it’s kind of crazy.” While …

Seattle

Far-Right German Group Encourages Followers to Foster Child Refugees in Plot to Make Them Go Home

A German far-right group is encouraging followers to become guardians for refugee children in a "cynical" bid to prevent their integration into …

Christian Lindner

Why Adoption Centers and Foster Homes Are So Full

A combination of the opiate crisis, poor foster parent retention rates, and a lack of funding has led to a serious problem.<p>By<p>Jan 17 2018, 2:07 PM<p>Dr. …

Child Welfare

Report: States Struggle With ESSA's Requirements for Foster Children

Advocates for children in foster care had good reason to cheer the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act two years ago. The new law requires …

Education

When Lawmakers Slash Assistance for Families, Foster Care Cases Increase

Elizabeth struggled to find a job when she graduated from college in 2009, right in the teeth of the Great Recession. Reeling financially from a …

Poverty

As Opioid Crisis Strains Foster Care, States Aren’t Tracking Damage

New Hampshire social workers are all too familiar with how opioid abuse can push children into foster care. They see it all the time.<p>The chain of …

Liberal View

Indiana families push for 'foster parent bill of rights'

An Indiana state senator has proposed a "foster parent bill of rights" which aims to give foster parents a say in the future of the children they …

Rights & Freedoms

Infant found with bleeding in brain, Hong Kong police suspect child abuse: Report

HONG KONG: Police in Hong Kong are investigating a suspected case of child abuse, after an eight-month-old boy was admitted to hospital with bleeding …

Crime

Little Girl Is Finally Adopted After 903 Days In Foster Care And Her New Family Is Thrilled

Ileana is a writer on the Original Content team. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.<p>Most kids who enter the foster care system struggle to feel at home with …

Empathy

Sydney foster mum accused of killing baby boy

Foster care provider Uniting will have its funding and licence for child protection officially reviewed, as one of its foster mums is behind bars, …

Crime

Foster Care and Opioids

<b>To the Editor:</b><p>In “The Opioid Plague’s Youngest Victims” (Op-Ed, Dec. 29), Sherry Lachman calls for more people to champion the cause of children in foster care, a group whose numbers are increasing largely because of the opioid crisis. But is it in the best interest of children whose parents have …

Opinion

Growing opioid epidemic forcing more children into foster care

TAMPA, Fla. (January 8, 2018)- The opioid epidemic has become so severe it's considered a national public health emergency. Addiction to prescription …

Arianna Huffington

Grover the puppy recovering well in foster care

He loves people, playing with other dogs, toys and treats.<p>Grover, the 10-week-old puppy left for dead in the cold, is “back to 100 per cent where he …

InterAct

Hawaii Gov. Ige seeks pay raises for foster parents

Officials say a legal battle over how much families are paid to care for foster children could cost Hawaii millions of dollars.<p>The Honolulu …

Business

Montana’s dubious distinction: Child removal capital of America

Congratulations to the Missoulian and its partners at the University of Montana School of Journalism for out-reporting almost every major news …

Montana

Kesha Rashed - Founder & CEO of Fostering Footprints Inc.

If you have an idea that you are passionate about, don’t let the fear of failure prevent you from putting that idea to action. Most successful …

Parenting

Reader: How adopting a teenager changed my life

<i>Letter to the editor:</i><p>I grew up in the neighborhood of Flatbush in Brooklyn, N.Y. I was one of six children, and we were poor. I saw my older brothers get into trouble quite often, so I promised myself I wasn’t going to follow in their footsteps. I was determined to be positive.<p>I was the first in my …

Parenting

Opioid epidemic helped fuel spike in kids living in foster care, study says

Talk about the opioid epidemic often centers on overdoses and the scores of lives lost to addiction.<p>But what about the children of addicts?<p>Opioid …

Child Welfare

The Opioid Plague’s Youngest Victims: Children in Foster Care

Our stunning failure to care for our most vulnerable children is a cause and devastating consequence of the opioid crisis that is ravaging towns around the country. We can’t end the crisis — or a host of other problems — until we fix our beleaguered child welfare system.<p>As more Americans struggle …

Opinion

New Illinois Laws 2018: Children and Families

Review the new laws that will take effect on Jan. 1, 2018.<p>Foster Children Rights (HB 3542): Adds a new provision to the Foster Children's Bill of …

Chicago

This Bristol woman has helped to raise more than 50 children – and she’s not done yet

In 1990, Rita Coles signed up to be a foster carer for an agency.<p>Nineteen years, three children, 12 grandchildren and more than 50 foster children …

Parenting

Addicted and expecting: How Montana's lack of resources impacts mothers and their children

1 hr ago<p>The drug crisis hits newborns in Montana harder than in most states because Montana has so few resources to help pregnant women recover from …

Montana

This Is Us Photos From "The Fifth Wheel"

Following the midseason finale cliffhanger, it's hard to tell what the next steps are for This Is Us Season 2 Episode 11.<p>How will the Pearson clan …

Child Welfare

The Boston Globe

Trump to declare North Korea a state sponsor of terror<p>President Donald Trump said the designation will impose further penalties on the country.<p>2nd …

Boston

NBC Nightly News: A Foster Child and His Dog: First Viral Sensations, Now a Forever Family

The world first met Buddy and Reagan when their story went viral, a child who was inseparable from his foster grandparents’ dog. Hundreds of …

Entertainment

Abandoned foal to spend Christmas with new foster family

A foal found too weak to stand is spending his first Christmas with new foster family after making a full recovery.<p>A woman out feeding her horses …

Horses

Foster children face a lottery of care in a system that is under pressure

Christmas is a family time. Up-and-down the country, foster carers will be doing their best to ensure the children and young people in their care enjoy the festive holidays. But beyond the remarkable and invaluable service which foster carers provide for thousands of young people, the reality is …

Parenting

Government Is Failing Foster Children Forced To Switch Between 'Dizzying Number' Of Placements, Say MPs

Committee slams Government for care system but body for foster parents says more pay is vital<p>PA Wire/PA Images<p>Tory MP Robert Halfon is chair of the …

Child Welfare

A Perfect Gift for the Holidays | Times Square Chronicles

A Perfect Gift for the Holidays<p>Christmas is less than a week away. So many people are running around town looking for a perfect gift. While the silk …

Christmas