How HUD Is helping Ohio’s foster youth: Ben Carson

Ben Carson on How HUD Is helping Ohio’s foster youth

“Last year, I received a meeting request from a group of former foster youth, and it was one of the most eye-opening, productive, and inspiring meetings I have taken during my tenure as secretary. Not much stirs the soul like meeting young women and men who exemplify perseverance. These young Ohioans shared their firsthand experiences […]

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Kelly issues order on foster kids’ education

Kansas Governor Issues order on Foster kids’ education

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly issued an executive order on Tuesday that will require the state to track foster children’s progress in school, shortly after having vetoed a similar bill last month. In an annual report card detailing the academic progress and classroom struggles of children in its care, Kelly’s order […]

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Parliamentary Petition: Time To Make The 300K Families Affected By Rare Disorders A Health Priority

Time To Make The 300,000+ Families Affected By Rare Disorders A Health Priority

Sue Haldane, a mother of a child with a rare disorder, has spent 17 years dealing with barriers within our health system to ensure her daughter Lizzie’s needs are met. Now Sue is determined that the journey will be easier for future generations of New Zealanders living with a rare disorder. Follow Foster.Today on Twitter: […]

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Terminating Parental Rights Varies Widely By State

Each state has its own system for dealing with cases in which termination of parental rights is considered. Federal law spells out certain conditions and timelines, but states interpret and apply them differently. An Associated Press analysis of data compiled by federal officials shows some striking variations. Maryland, for example, had a rate of 10.5 […]

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New federal program aims to help house homeless youth

New federal program aims to help house homeless youth

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nexstar) — Most states stop supporting young people in foster homes once they turn 18 — and too many of these young men and women end up unemployed and homeless. But a new million-dollar federal program is designed to provide affordable housing, as well as job and life skills to these young adults. […]

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Foster care, substance abuse top priorities for state government

Foster care, substance abuse top priorities for WV state government

CHARLESTON — Drug overdose deaths are decreasing and work is ongoing to reunite children in the foster care system with their families, but lawmakers and state health officials say more will be done to curb substance abuse and the further growth of the foster care system in 2020. Members of the media heard from a […]

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Families suffer when Sheriffs Youth Ranches and other group homes get a bad rap | Commentary

Families suffer when Sheriffs Youth Ranches and other group homes get a bad rap

Editor’s note:  My wife and I were licensed and received our training at the Sheriffs Youth Ranches in Pinellas County, FL   As we enter a new decade, there is no shortage of discussion about the future of our child welfare system. The Florida Department of Children and Families is working on a plan to […]

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Opinion: Children in foster care need quick access to mental health care

Children in Foster Care Need Swift Access to Mental Health Care

A recent OPB report about Oregon’s foster care system shed light on the extraordinary actions of child welfare officials within the Oregon Department of Human Services. The state agency not only sent hundreds of children in our foster care system to out-of-state facilities run by a private, for-profit company, but it also ceded any responsibility […]

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