Latest Foster care News

AP analysis: COVID prolonged foster care stays for thousands

Jun. 08, 2021 16:10 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Leroy Pascubillo missed his daughter’s first step, her first word and countless other precious milestones. After being born addicted to heroin, she had been placed with a foster family, and he anxiously counted the days between their visits as he tried to regain custody....

4 town halls on foster care system to be held in June

Jun. 08, 2021 04:08 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Officials are holding four virtual town halls this month in an effort to improve Kentucky's foster care system. Anyone interested in making the system better is encouraged to attend one of the regional meetings, which are being hosted by Citizen...

Nebraska's taking of payments to foster children questioned

Jun. 03, 2021 15:48 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Some lawmakers and child advocates are raising concerns about Nebraska’s practice of seizing the Social Security payments to foster children to pay for their care, while Nebraska officials defend the practice as legal. Since 2009, the state has...

US lawmakers want Ma'Khia Bryant foster care journey probed

Jun. 01, 2021 17:24 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Three Democratic members of Congress are asking the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to investigate the foster care experience of Ma'Khia Bryant that preceded the 16-year-old's fatal police shooting in Ohio. U.S. Rep. Joyce Beatty and...

COVID-19 relief funds put former foster kid on stable ground

May. 31, 2021 08:20 AM EDT

OGDEN, Utah (AP) — If not for a special pot of federal COVID-19 relief funding meant to help foster kids and young adults who have left the system, Olivia Kilfoyle worries about what could have been. Thanks to the funding, she recently moved in to an Ogden apartment,...

Foster care leads to forever family in southeastern Kentucky

May. 30, 2021 00:14 AM EDT

CORBIN, Ky. (AP) — After marrying in 2013, Camillia and Ernie Howells knew immediately they wanted children. But after struggling with infertility issues for several years, the couple began looking at other options and took the first steps towards becoming foster parents. ...

Once-homeless high school senior now sought by 50 colleges

May. 29, 2021 03:04 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — At last, Destiny Jackson, then 13, said to herself. After the abuse and the torment she’d endured over time, someone had called representatives from Philadelphia’s Department of Human Services into her family’s West...

New Mexico’s child welfare agency seeks tech, culture change

May. 28, 2021 20:16 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s child welfare agency is promising technology improvements and increased transparency after its use of an auto-deleting messaging app came under fire by state lawmakers and others. “When I came in the (Children, Youth and Families...

Kentucky ties to Baptist kids agency at risk over gay rights

May. 28, 2021 01:08 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A cultural clash pitting religious beliefs against gay rights has jeopardized Kentucky's long-running relationship with a foster care and adoption agency affiliated with the Baptist church that serves some of the state's most vulnerable children. ...

Adult adoption makes former foster kid, caseworker a family

May. 16, 2021 03:10 AM EDT

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Leah Paskalides was fairly new as an adoption caseworker for the Safe Children Coalition when she met Monyay – the 19-year-old woman she now calls daughter. “When I started in adoptions in 2015, she was one of my first cases and at first she...