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Janis Avery: Investing in young adults who’ve experienced foster care

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.


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 …


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, …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 6, 2018, 6:50 p.m.

Buehler wants $50 million to help fix Oregon foster care

A state official will request $50 million from the Oregon Legislature to help fix issues within Oregon’s child welfare agency.


Girl joins superhero family on National Adoption Day at the Spokane County Courthouse

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, …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 11, 2017, 12:52 p.m.

70-plus children missing from Kansas’ foster care system

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.


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.


‘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.


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.


Washington tries to help foster children graduate on time

New law directs schools to help foster children keep up with coursework, graduate on time.


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.


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 …


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.


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 …


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.


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 …


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, …


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 …


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.


Editorial: Foster care challenges emerge

High caseloads raise the risk that children will become a drain on other government services, rather than productive citizens.


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.


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …