Guardians ad litem struggle with COVID limitations

Guardians ad litem struggle with COVID limitations

Angela Corbin is waiting for the day when she can be face-to-face with the three children she represents as a guardian ad litem volunteer. She is charged with speaking on their behalf as the state courts decide whether to let those children remain with troubled parents or be placed elsewhere until the issues are resolved […]

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South Carolina Youth Advocate Program seeking Foster Parents throughout the state

Currently there are nearly 4,800 children in foster care in South Carolina. Unfortunately, there are not enough foster homes in our state to care for the population of children, particularly those with some type of special need. The lack of foster families decreases a child’s ability to remain in their community, which is important in […]

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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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Interest in foster care rises as fewer kids enter the system in Minnesota

Interest in foster care rises in Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — State officials say the number of children entering foster care in Minnesota has dropped significantly since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, yet the number of inquiries about becoming a foster parent has doubled. A foster care specialist says the interest in fostering is especially encouraging given the hard economic times people […]

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What's next for teens aging out of foster care after the pandemic?

What’s Next for Teens Aging out of foster care after the pandemic?

The COVID-19 pandemic has been an especially stressful time for children in foster care or living in group homes. In Ohio, hundreds of those children are nearing their time to age out of the foster care system. Many of them are left to wonder where they’ll end up amid […] “Basically if you remove these […]

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How COVID-19 Has Complicated the Process for Adoptions and Foster Families

How COVID-19 Has Complicated the Process for Adoptions and Foster Families

Brena Slater is the chief executive officer of the Safe Children Coalition, a nonprofit that provides a range of child welfare services in Sarasota, Manatee and DeSoto counties. Slater says the organization is still receiving plenty of inquiries from new potential foster families, but has seen a drop-off in already approved families accepting children into […]

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Millennial who went from foster care to doctorate honored for work helping foster youth graduate

Meet Foster Care Hero Shante Elliott and her TasselTurn

Millennial Went from foster care to doctorate honored for work helping foster youth graduate Elliott’s Story: Her teenage mother turned her over to the state of North Carolina at birth. Until she was adopted at age 13, Shante Elliott grew up in foster care in the child welfare system. She’d go on to attend Fayetteville […]

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Big Drop In Child Abuse Reports In LA — And That Has Advocates Worried

Big Drop In Child Abuse Reports In L.A. Has Advocates Very Worried

“The child welfare system as a whole may become incredibly overburdened,” said Jen Braun, president of the Alliance for Children’s Rights, an organization that provides free legal services and other supportive programs for abused and neglected children. DCFS says in a typical year it serves about 34,000 children. The agency is recruiting additional foster families […]

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