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  • 2 boys found along I-90; mother arrested

    Spokane Valley police arrested a woman tonight who they say left her two young boys alone along Interstate 90 in Post Falls this morning.


  • Team to train child welfare workers

    Two Washington universities are teaming up with the state Department of Social and Health Services to provide training for the state’s child welfare workforce. Eastern Washington University and the University …


  • Program gives kids a home in times of need

    Taiyo, 3, and Navarro, 4, are, for the most part, normal little boys, inquisitive, gregarious and energetic, if not a bit rowdy at times. But their mother was forced to …


  • Excelsior could house sex offenders

    Excelsior Youth Center may partner with the state Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration to open 12 beds for teenage Level 1 sex offenders. Bob Faltermeyer, Excelsior’s director, said the JRA approached the …


  • Couple held in death of Post Falls toddler

    Post Falls police arrested a Post Falls couple in the January 2009 death of 2-year-old Karina Janay Moore, who was fatally injured while in the couple’s foster care. Jeremy and …


  • State’s foster care system discharges ill-equipped young adults

    On his 18th birthday, a boy with a history of behavioral health problems was turned out of the Spokane group home where he had spent the previous two and a …


  • DSHS privatization halted by judge

    A Thurston County judge has ordered the Washington Department of Social and Health Services to stop contracting with private agencies to manage child welfare cases until it can show that …


  • State workers union sues DSHS, claims ‘effort to privatize child welfare’

    The largest union representing Washington state workers has filed a lawsuit in Thurston County Superior Court seeking to stop the Department of Social and Health Services from privatizing child welfare. …


  • A father changes tune on foster care

    When he was 19, Rusty Stout said that if state officials ever came to take away a child of his as they once took him away from his mother, he …


  • 2009 child welfare law disputed

    The union representing state workers has accused the Washington Department of Social and Health Services of attempting an end run around the Legislature in order to privatize child welfare services. …


  • Group initiates donation request

    A social service nonprofit has helped make Spokane a more humane place since 1988 by identifying and treating young victims of abuse and neglect. Now, in tough economic times, Partners …


  • Nonprofit seeking public donations for first time

    A social service nonprofit has helped make Spokane a more humane place since 1988 by diagnosing and treating young victims of abuse and neglect.


  • Reports fault Colville child services

    Two separate reports, both critical of the state’s child welfare system in northeastern Washington, were released Wednesday by agencies investigating an unusually high number of complaints against the Colville office …


  • Kids give foster care solid marks

    The nation’s most extensive survey of foster children in a single state found that Washington youths were generally pleased with their foster care placement, but that they still see their …


  • Tormented kids frustrate state

    The case of Rusty Stout is echoed by hundreds of other foster children in the state’s child welfare system. Neglected, abused and witnesses to violence, foster children have become increasingly …

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