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Lawsuit: Washington’s shuttling of foster kids fails them

SEATTLE – Washington state is failing hundreds of foster children by shuttling them among placements, including short-term stays in hotels and state offices, advocacy groups alleged in a federal lawsuit – a problem that the responsible state agency has recognized.

Pandemic piles new pressures on foster children, caretakers

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.

Unusual study details woes among veterans of foster care

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.

Eye on Boise: Idaho’s Child Welfare Division undergoing ‘transformation’

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.”

State program drives foster children toward teen milestone

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.

Foster Care Improvement Act clears Senate panel

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...

Spokane authors use stories to illustrate child-centered foster care

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.