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Indiana top state for increasing adoptions from foster care

Sep. 20, 2020 2:26 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana is the top state in the nation for increasing the number of children adopted from foster care, according to state and federal officials. In the 2019 fiscal year, 2,489 Hoosier children were adopted through the Indiana Department of Child Services, Gov. Eric Holcomb said. That's...

Audit: State failing vulnerable kids on mental health care

Sep. 11, 2020 4:12 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A new state audit says Oregon is failing to make sure vulnerable children and families are receiving needed mental health care through the Oregon Health Plan, even as taxpayers give millions of dollars in performance bonuses to healthcare administration companies. Despite the...

New program will educate youth on responsible parenting

Sep. 11, 2020 5:10 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky has been awarded nearly $1 million in federal money to develop a program that will educate teens and young adults on how to be a responsible parent. The program is called Charting a Course for Responsible Parenting and Economic Mobility Demonstration and will provide...

Report: Iowa teen's starvation death was preventable

Sep. 8, 2020 3:19 PM EDT

An Iowa teenager who died of starvation in 2017 could have been saved if state social workers and contractors had been more thorough when they investigated the girl's living conditions, a state watchdog said Tuesday. The Iowa state ombudsman released its findings in the case of 16-year-old Sabrina Ray, who...

Incarcerated fathers Jeramie Carr, right, and Jesse Harrison work on a crafting activity at the Montana State Prison in Deer Lodge, Mont. The prison is offering a program called Connecting Adults and Minors through Positive Parenting, or CAMPP, intended to help incarcerated fathers connect with their children so they can be better parents when they are released from prison. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the in-person activities have gone virtual. (Thom Bridge/Independent Record via AP)

Prison program helps inmates connect with their children

Sep. 5, 2020 8:10 AM EDT

DEER LODGE, Mont. (AP) — Montana State Prison inmate Jesse Harrison smiled under his face mask as he showed the small clay pot he was painting to fellow inmate Jeramie Carr, who was in the midst of some beadwork. At first glance, the two burly men might have seemed out of place in the private, home-like...

Judge 'concerned' about virus rate in Texas foster care

Sep. 4, 2020 7:12 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal judge in Texas said Friday that she is “concerned" about the high rate of coronavirus infections in the state's troubled foster care system. Court-ordered monitors say the positive test rate was at 20% in late August, The Dallas Morning News reported. U.S. District...

Agency head says foster care system in Kansas is improving

Aug. 26, 2020 1:47 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The head of the Kansas agency responsible for foster care in the state told lawmakers improvements have already been made in response to a scathing federal report and the settlement of class-action lawsuits over care foster children are receiving. Laura Howard, secretary of the Kansas...

New federal data: fewer kids in US foster care system

Aug. 24, 2020 1:33 PM EDT

The number of children in the U.S. foster care system has dropped for a second year in a row, and a record number of children in the child welfare system were able to find adoptive homes, according to new federal data released Monday. The annual report from the Department of Health and Human Services counted...

Coalition seeks policy change with foster school children

Aug. 21, 2020 12:06 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A coalition representing several groups has asked West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice to change a policy that doesn't allow foster parents to decide how children attend school during the coronavirus pandemic. The WV United Coalition wrote to Justice this week about the policy, the ...

Lincoln man convicted of sex trafficking of teenage girls

Aug. 13, 2020 6:43 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A 33-year-old Lincoln man has been found guilty of taking two teenage girls to Colorado and Iowa to have sex for money. Devin Ashford was convicted Wednesday of sex trafficking of a minor, producing child pornography and several other charges. When he is sentenced in November, he will...