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  • AZ: Website for Arizona foster families gets new look, content
    Apache Junction/Gold Canyon Independent - Nov 17, 2017 -- The new content includes in-depth information about guardianship and adoption, connections to foster parent support groups and a calendar of events and training opportunities.
  • CA: Los Angeles foster children and those who care for them
    UCLA News - Nov 16, 2017 -- The operation is not unique to Los Angeles but is a large-scale test of an idea that is gaining adherents - the notion that there are useful roles for both the private and public sectors in addressing the complexities of foster care. It is part of a national trend toward formalizing relationships between government and philanthropy, in hopes of funneling new resources to long-standing problems.
  • FL: Alachua County Seeing Success In Lowering Its High Rates Of Child Abuse
    WUFT - Nov 16, 2017 -- Last year, Alachua County's rate was almost 30 percent higher than the state's, meaning that, since 2007, the county has seen a dramatic reduction in abuse rates when compared with the state. And when compared against itself, the county has seen a reduction of almost half.
  • FL: Fort Myers police: Lutheran Services cases manager arrested for child abuse
    News-Press - Nov 16, 2017 -- A case manager employed to help children was arrested Thursday by Fort Myers police and is accused of child abuse.
  • IN: New program aims to help get kids out of child welfare system and into stable homes (Includes video)
    FOX 59 - Nov 16, 2017 -- Child Advocates, Inc. and the Indianapolis Legal Aid Society are teaming up to help young Hoosiers involved in Child In Need of Services (CHINS) cases get out of the system and into permanent, stable homes.
  • MS: OUR OPINION: Foster care initiative provides great opportunity
    Daily Journal - Nov 17, 2017 -- As often happens with matters that involve bureaucratic systems, as well as sensitive information dealing with children, the amount of red tape involved for residents to become a foster family is significant.
  • MT: On Special Assignment: Aging out of Montana's foster care system (Video)
    KTVQ - Nov 16, 2017 -- Thousands of Montana children are in a limbo called foster care. It's a system kids enter afraid and alone, where they often turn 18 without finding a permanent home.
  • NY: Sex abuse victims to push again for child victims' act
    Associated Press - Nov 16, 2017 -- Advocates for a bill in New York that would loosen the statute of limitations for molestation are hoping the national attention on sexual misconduct gives their cause fresh momentum.
  • NY: Nonprofits Give 'Disconnected' Youths Another Chance
    New York Times - Nov 06, 2017 -- "I always told myself I would graduate college and wouldn't be a statistic in the foster care system," said Jonathan, 26, who gave only his first name to protect his privacy. But at 21, he was homeless and jobless. "One day I Googled 'help with foster kids aging out,'" Jonathan said, and he found Youth Villages, one of the national nonprofits aimed at stopping the downward spiral of people like him.
  • PA: Child protective services need more help from the county to get through opioid crisis (Commentary)
    LNP Editorial Board - Nov 16, 2017 -- While we're still figuring out how to get our arms around the massive and growing problem of opioid addiction, there emerges another urgent need - protecting children from abusive and neglectful drug-addicted parents.
  • PR: After Maria, US schools get influx of Puerto Rican students
    Associated Press - Nov 15, 2017 -- Ten-year-old Anthony Valencia says that after Hurricane Maria destroyed his home in Puerto Rico he played video games for a month until he was sick of them. Now his smile stretches wide when he talks about going back to school - on the U.S. mainland.
  • TX: Facility helping sex trafficked victims in San Antonio, will soon stay open 24-7
    WOAI - Nov 16, 2017 -- A local shelter that helps teens who are victims of sex trafficking, is now able to help 24-7. It's a partnership between Bexar County Juvenile Probation, RMYA, and local law enforcement, such as the San Antonio Police Department the Bexar County Sheriff's Office (BCSO.)
  • US: A State By State Guide to Foster Care Resources
    Mothering - Nov 16, 2017 -- No matter the setting, foster children, families and organization needs all the help they can get as resources are often limited. Help comes in all forms - monetary donations, item donations, volunteering, and more.
  • US: LGBT Parents Are Back at It Again (Commentary)
    Huffington Post - Nov 16, 2017 -- It is six years later and RaiseAChild is now seeing a new trend. Our data now proves that the LGBT community is more open than ever to not only building, but also expanding families through fostering and adoption.
  • US: Is It Legal For An Older Man To Court A Child Bride In The U.S.?
    National Public Radio - Nov 15, 2017 -- Child marriage isn't just a practice that victimizes girls in poor countries. As this blog has previously reported, it's also long been an issue in the United States, involving girls from a wide range of backgrounds. Based on state marriage license data and other sources, advocacy groups and experts estimate that between 2000 and 2015 alone, well over 200,000 children - nearly all of them girls - were married. In nearly all cases the husband was an adult. A report released this summer by the Tahirih Justice Center sheds new light on how state laws are contributing to the problem.
  • US: Critical gaps exist in services and supports for youth aging out of foster care
    Child Trends - Nov 14, 2017 -- Child Trends conducted a national survey of state independent living coordinators (Survey on Services and Supports for Young People Transitioning from Foster Care). Survey findings, collected in 2016, are based on responses by Independent Living Coordinators from 47 of 52 states and territories contacted. They describe the array and availability of services and supports for youth and young adults who have experienced foster care, highlighting state trends and examples of innovation in six major service areas.
  • International: UNICEF Report: 300 Million Cases Of Violence Against Children Ages 2 To 4
    National Public Radio - Nov 01, 2017 -- Approximately 300 million children around the world between the ages two and four are subject to physical punishment or verbal abuse from their parents or caregivers. Every seven minutes, an adolescent is murdered. By the time they reach age 19, fifteen million girls have already experienced forced sexual acts, including rape - inflicted, for the most part, by people they know.
  • United Kingdom: Historical child abuse reports to Welsh police 'increase'
    BBC - Nov 16, 2017 -- Allegations of non-recent sexual offences recorded against children have risen sharply in the last four years, according to the NSPCC. Welsh police forces recorded 947 offences in 2016-17, up from 520 in 2013-14, the children's charity said.

related series

Fatal Care: A Special Series from the Edmonton Journal-Calgary Herald

The Alberta government has dramatically under-reported the number of child welfare deaths over the past decade, undermining public accountability and thwarting efforts at prevention and reform. A six-month Edmonton Journal-Calgary Herald investigation found 145 foster children have died since 1999, nearly triple the 56 deaths revealed in government annual reports over the same period.

Read more at the Edmonton Journal-Calgary Herald.

Private foster care system, intended to save children, endangers some

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Extensive multi-part series examining foster care privatization, federal fiscal incentives, and more. By Los Angeles Times journalist Garrett Therolf. Dec 2013

Read on LA Times . . .

Drugging Our Kids | San Jose Mercury News

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A Bay Area News Group investigation reveals that children in California’s foster care system are prescribed unproven, risky medications at alarming rates. This series exposes the pharmaceutical industry’s close ties to favored foster care providers, and this series led to recent legislative hearings.

Read on San Jose Mercury News

Handle With Care: In this exclusive six-part series, Leader-Post reporter Barb Pacholik examines Saskatchewan’s child welfare system.

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Within months of her apprehension by Social Services, Karen Rose Quill’s life ended — one of roughly 500 children and youth who have died in Saskatchewan’s complex and overburdened child welfare system in the past two decades. A quarter of the kids were in Social Services’ care when they died, the remainder in receipt of its services within the year prior. According to overall numbers from Social Services, about 40 per cent of those young lives ended by natural causes, but an equal number were preventable deaths, victims of homicide or accidents, like Karen.

Read on Leader-Post . . .

Native Foster Care: Lost Children, Shattered Families

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Nearly 700 Native American children in South Dakota are being removed from their homes every year, sometimes under questionable circumstances. An NPR News investigation has found that the state is largely failing to place them according to the law. The vast majority of native kids in foster care in South Dakota are in nonnative homes or group homes, according to an NPR analysis of state records.

Read series at NPR.

Failing the Disabled: How Minnesota isolates and marginalizes thousands of adults with disabilities

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Set up to be safe havens, some group homes for the disabled have become remote “prisons,” where residents are vulnerable to violence and neglect. Thousands of disabled Minnesotans languish on waiting lists for crucial services even as millions of dollars remain unspent.

Read series at the Star Tribune.

Ontario Children’s Aid officials seek court order to seize kids from orthodox Jewish group

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MONTREAL—Ontario Children’s Aid authorities have launched a legal battle to seize custody of 14 child members of the ultra-orthodox Jewish sect Lev Tahor and send them into foster care in Quebec. As of December 2013, the situation was unresolved, and had grown into an international incident.

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Manitoba – Mennonite Families Still Reeling from Child Removals

Between January and June of 2013, child protection officials raided a Mennonite community in Manitoba, removing between 40 and 50 children from 15 families, placing them all in foster care. Since then, their parents and community leaders have been negotiating with Children and Family Services officials hoping to have the children returned.

Read more . . .

Child Protection: The Hard Truth
News Focus: Delonna Sullivan

Delonna Victoria Sullivan was “apprehended” without a court order on April 5, 2011. She died in foster care only six days later. Hospital and autopsy records showed that the 4-month-old had been dosed with Tylenol and cough medicine. Her family seeks justice to this day.

Read more . . .

Saving Arizona’s Children

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A year ago, Arizona’s broken child-welfare system and the children it’s supposed to protect were the focus of intense debate, with politicians and experts searching for solutions to intractable problems.

Read on Arizona Central . . .

Seeking a Safe Haven: An Albuquerque Journal Special Report

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Thousands of children are abused or neglected each year in New Mexico. A Journal investigation found some children are kept in abusive families too long, while others are sent to foster homes where new abuse occurs. Critics say problems are getting worse, while Child Protective Services promises to strengthen the net.

Published in 1997, yet it remains relevant.Read on Albuquerque Journal . . .