Latest Foster care News

Couple's suit against child welfare agency to move forward

Jan. 17, 2020 12:12 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts foster family can move forward with a lawsuit against the Department of Children and Families that claims the agency placed a child with a history of committing sexual abuse in their home without sharing his background. The Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled Thursday to allow...

Advocates push to better the foster care crisis in Kansas

Jan. 17, 2020 1:01 AM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Natalie Zarate entered state custody when she was 11 years old, removed from a physically abusive mother and placed in a group home for foster children. Now 23, she trembles when she thinks about her time at EmberHope Youthville in Newton. Physicians placed Zarate on “crazy...

Sen. Jeff Yarbro, D-Nashville, debates a proposal allowing faith-based adoption agencies to decline to place children with same-sex couples because of their religious belief without facing penalties on the first day of the 2020 legislative session Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Tennessee governor says he will sign anti-LGBT adoption bill

Jan. 14, 2020 6:30 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee announced Tuesday that he'll sign into law a measure that would assure continued taxpayer funding of faith-based foster care and adoption agencies even if they exclude LGBT families and others based on religious beliefs. The GOP-controlled Senate gave the...

Gov. Phil Bryant stands outside his Capitol office in Jackson, Miss., Jan. 8, 2020. With much of his adult life devoted to public service, Bryant leaves a strong legacy. Gov.-elect Tate Reeves will be sworn into office at noon Tuesday, Jan. 14. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Bryant: Mississippi improved in 8 years of governorship

Jan. 10, 2020 2:15 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is leaving office Tuesday after serving his limit of two terms. The Republican said he believes the state’s economy is stronger, vulnerable children are better protected and students are showing stronger academic performance. “We still have a...

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly, right, answers questions from reporters about her plans to merge social services agencies as Laura Howard, left, her top social services administrator, watches during a news conference, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kansas. Kelly says merging the two agencies into a single Department of Human Services will improve the delivery of services. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Governor to merge Kansas agency faulted over child deaths

Jan. 8, 2020 7:12 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' governor plans to merge a state agency that has been under fire in recent years over abused children's deaths with another social services department in the hopes that the state will focus more on preventing problems within potentially troubled families. Democratic Gov. Laura...

West Virginia Senate Majority Leader Tom Takubo, a Kanawha County Republican, listens to a colleague before the start of the 2020 regular legislative session Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, in Charleston, W.Va. Takubo was named to lead a Senate committee to focus on upcoming legislation related to the state’s ongoing foster care crisis and substance abuse epidemic. (AP Photo/John Raby)

WVa Senate forms committee dedicated to child welfare issues

Jan. 8, 2020 1:52 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A committee has been formed in the West Virginia Senate to focus on upcoming legislation related to child welfare. The Senate Select Committee on Children and Families, whose formation was announced Wednesday, will be led by Kanawha County Republican and Senate Majority Leader Tom...

Tennessee to offer state workers 12 weeks paid family leave

Jan. 7, 2020 7:22 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee announced a plan Tuesday to offer up to 12 weeks of annual paid family leave for state workers who become parents, have to care for a family member or experience other life-altering events. The plan, which takes effect March 1, would apply initially to all...

Editorial Roundup: Ohio

Jan. 7, 2020 2:14 PM EST

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers: Why Ohio should keep front license plates Akron Beacon Journal Jan. 4 With no shortage of significant challenges facing Ohio, one would think state lawmakers would be focused on real issues impacting the daily lives of its residents....

Foster system to alter how it handles school employee abuse

Dec. 30, 2019 2:45 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's foster care system plans to restructure its evaluation process for complaints of abuse or neglect involving school employees, according to department officials. The state Department of Children and Families will form two units starting in mid-January that will solely...

Child advocates ask judge not to dismiss foster care suit

Dec. 30, 2019 12:47 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Child advocates who filed a federal lawsuit alleging West Virginia's overwhelmed foster care system has failed to protect children have asked the judge to reject a motion to dismiss the case. In filings last week, attorneys for national foster child advocacy organization A Better...