Stories tagged: foster care
Sun., Sept. 3, 2017, 5 a.m.
Shawn Vestal: Mentoring lifts the grades of foster care kids failing school
Halfway through the last academic term, Rayanne was failing every one of her classes at Lewis and Clark High School. All six of them.
UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 15, 2017, 10:51 p.m.
Efforts helping Spokane’s homeless young adults
The city hit its goal in helping over 100 homeless youth in Spokane during a 100-day challenge this spring and summer, finding housing for
UPDATED: Mon., July 17, 2017, 9:06 p.m.
Empire Health, Catholic Charities team up to keep Spokane kids out of foster care
Empire Health Foundation and Catholic Charities partner for a new program to keep kids out of foster care by supporting parents recovering from addiction.
Sat., June 3, 2017, 6 a.m.
‘Reunification Day’ celebrates parents getting children out of foster care
When the state took away her two youngest sons and sent them to live with a relative, Marsha Valenzuela knew she needed to change.
Tue., May 2, 2017, 9:52 a.m.
N.Y. foster parent acquitted of all charges in sex abuse case
A foster father accused of sexually abusing eight of the more than 100 boys he cared for over two decades was acquitted Tuesday of all charges against him.
Mon., April 17, 2017, 6:35 p.m.
Washington tries to help foster children graduate on time
New law directs schools to help foster children keep up with coursework, graduate on time.
Mon., April 3, 2017, 9:18 a.m.
Child abuse, drug culture overwhelm Idaho’s foster system
Officials say far fewer foster care placements are available in south-central Idaho than in the rest of the state, while the number of children removed from their homes is on …
UPDATED: Wed., March 15, 2017, 10:51 p.m.
Washington House backs new department for children and families
House approves proposal to bring programs for children and families together in one department.
Mon., Feb. 20, 2017, 5:02 p.m.
California foster father takes in only terminally ill children
The children were going to die. Mohamed Bzeek knew that. But in his more than two decades as a foster father, he took them in anyway – the sickest of …
Wed., Nov. 23, 2016, 9:55 a.m.
5 states struggle with surging numbers of foster children
The number of U.S. children in foster care is climbing after a sustained decline, but just five states account for nearly two-thirds of the recent increase.
Thu., Oct. 27, 2016, 2:30 p.m.
Number of U.S. foster kids rises; parents’ drug abuse a factor
After dropping sharply between 2005 and 2012, the number of children in the U.S. foster care system has increased for a third year in a row, according to new federal …
Sun., Aug. 7, 2016, 8:37 p.m.
Idaho lawmakers begin study of foster care system
Idaho foster care parents are urging lawmakers to reform the current state system, saying that foster care bureaucracy has caused unnecessary heartache and frustration.
Fri., July 8, 2016, 6:02 p.m.
Foster parents lose appeals fight for American Indian girl
A California appeals court affirmed on Friday a lower court’s decision to remove a 6-year-old girl with Native American ancestry from her foster family of four years and reunite her …
Fri., June 17, 2016, 4:51 p.m.
Connecting childhood hopes to homes: Lutheran Community Services recruiting families to help refugees
Across the world, millions of children have fled war. “They lose their parents or they get separated and they have to go through this refugee process alone,” explains Lisa Johnson, …
Thu., June 9, 2016, 6 a.m.
New rule for foster-care, adoption cases requires judges to ask about tribal status
A new federal rule will require judges in every state to ask whether a child is a Native American during foster-care and adoption proceedings – especially when there’s reason to …
Tue., April 12, 2016, 4:04 p.m.
Marijuana patient sues state after daughter develops MRSA in foster care
Medical marijuana patient, denied custody of daughter, sues state agency after she contracts serious illness in foster care.
Tue., Dec. 1, 2015
Editorial: Foster care challenges emerge
High caseloads raise the risk that children will become a drain on other government services, rather than productive citizens.
Mon., Nov. 30, 2015, 10:38 a.m.
State struggling to meet foster care goals
Washington state is struggling to meet all the requirements of a landmark lawsuit intended to improve foster-care services for children.
Sat., Feb. 14, 2015
House bill would require second opinion for foster children prescriptions
OLYMPIA – Washington’s foster care system forces too many children to take mind-altering drugs, mental health experts told state legislators Friday. They supported a bill that would require foster homes …
Sat., Feb. 7, 2015
Foster parents decry flu vaccine requirement
A new Washington law is forcing foster care providers to make a choice: get a flu shot or stop caring for children younger than 2 years old. At least 50 …
Tue., Oct. 21, 2014
Mockingbird Society gives foster kids a voice in the system
Give up all your belongings and go sit by complete strangers – that’s foster care. That’s the analogy William Mendoza uses to convey his experience as a foster child when …
Mon., Oct. 20, 2014
Fixing Foster Care: Fostering stability
As Diana Stegner lay in a hospital bed, alone, homeless and suicidal, she acknowledged her newborn son would be better off with someone else. Within hours Michelle Trotz cradled baby …
Mon., Oct. 20, 2014
Advocates want what’s best for children in foster care
When the state took baby William away from his mother 2 ½ years ago, it set in motion a legal process that includes a team of professionals dedicated to the …
Sun., Oct. 19, 2014
Fixing foster care: ‘Where do I belong?’
Alkala Michener’s green eyes pool with tears as she recalls the night she lost her family: She was 7 years old, dressed in a Cinderella pink nightie, her lace-rimmed socks …
Thu., Aug. 8, 2013, 8:52 a.m.
Charges dropped in Post Falls foster child death
COEUR D’ALENE — Kootenai County prosecutors have reached a plea agreement with a Post Falls couple that had been charged with abusing two foster children, including one who died.
Tue., April 30, 2013, 7:38 a.m.
Kids of marijuana activists put in foster care
BOISE — Three medical marijuana advocates from southwest Idaho say their children were placed into state foster care after law enforcement searched their home and found marijuana.
Sat., March 9, 2013
Tim and Summer Gilstrap always wanted to have a family. But when, after a long and costly effort, they found they couldn’t conceive, they initially had different responses.
Tue., Jan. 15, 2013
Senator backs paying foster parents more
BOISE – Conservative North Idaho Sen. Steve Vick has only been on the Legislature’s joint committee for a week, but on Monday he said he saw a budget request that …
Mon., Jan. 14, 2013, 3:23 p.m.
Idaho looks at boosting low pay for foster care
Conservative North Idaho Sen. Steve Vick has only been on the Legislature’s joint committee for a week, but on Monday, he said he saw a budget request that he views …
Sat., Oct. 13, 2012
Abuse within foster families systemic, hurts
Second of two parts. In July 1996, two 9-year-old twin sisters and their 7-year-old brother were removed from the abusive home of their biological mother and placed in foster care.