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Foster children have enormous challenges even in the best of times. The coronavirus pandemic threatens them with even greater turmoil, isolating them from adult supervisors and friends and making it harder to move on to new lives – either with biological or adoptive families, or as newly independent adults.
There’s no shortage of kids who need foster homes in the Spokane area, but one of the primary nonprofits in the region that works to find those children a safe place to stay has struggled to do so.
Americans who have spent time in foster care are far more likely than other adults to lack a college degree, health insurance and a stable health care provider, according to a new federal analysis that is unprecedented in its scope.
Children in the state’s custody are often placed in emergency placements, in hotel rooms or foster homes, for single nights at a time, an annual ombuds report found.
Treehouse, a program that pairs youth in the foster care system with supportive coordinators, will expand its services in the new year after a $500,000 donation from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
All of those years ago, Treehouse saw my potential and invested in me, just like we do for more than 7,000 kids and youth in foster care every year.
Idaho’s Division of Child Welfare, which oversees child protection, foster care and adoptions, is responsible for one of the state’s most vulnerable populations – children who may have been abused or neglected. But a 2017 report from the state Office of Performance Evaluations documented major problems in the division, including a massive overload of cases for the staff that created a “constant feeling of crisis.”
After he aged out of foster care in California, Patrick Nickell got a plumbing job. Unable to drive to work, he ended up taking the bus two hours each way, carrying his tools alongside him. “It was not fun. And that would have been difficult to sustain,” he said.
The Senate Judiciary Committee has approved SB 1341, the Foster Care Improvement Act, and sent it to the full Senate with a recommendation that it “do pass,” the Twin Falls Times-News reports. The bill would codify the common judicial practice of keeping siblings together whenever...
A state official will request $50 million from the Oregon Legislature to help fix issues within Oregon’s child welfare agency.
The number of children in the U.S. foster care system has increased for the fourth year in a row, with substance abuse by parents a major factor, according to new federal data released on Thursday.
Spokane-based authors release new book “Creating Compassionate Foster Care,” which draws from real family situations and current attachment research to help foster caregivers and professionals better respond to the complex needs of children and parents in crisis.
In the center of the courtroom was Sheri, a jubilant 3-year-old in an Ironman costume, seated on her mother’s knee along with her father (Batman) and three young sisters (Batgirl, Supergirl and the Flash). This was Sheri’s final adoption hearing, and her parents decided to make it a fun one.
Lawmakers are expressing outrage after learning more than 70 foster children are missing in Kansas, a number that officials say is in line with the national average.
Halfway through the last academic term, Rayanne was failing every one of her classes at Lewis and Clark High School. All six of them.
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
Empire Health Foundation and Catholic Charities partner for a new program to keep kids out of foster care by supporting parents recovering from addiction.
When the state took away her two youngest sons and sent them to live with a relative, Marsha Valenzuela knew she needed to change.
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.