Latest Foster care News

Interest in foster care rises as fewer kids enter the system

May. 20, 2020 4:43 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — 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, state officials say. Kim Young, a foster care specialist with MN Adopt, which works with...

Judge allows lawsuit against Indiana child welfare agency

May. 17, 2020 9:30 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A child advocacy group is praising a federal judge’s decision that allows most of a lawsuit to move forward accusing Indiana’s child welfare agency of inadequately protecting thousands of children in its care. U.S. District Court Judge Richard Young’s Wednesday...

'God had other plans' for once-reluctant mom

May. 17, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

DECATUR, Ala. (AP) — As her children ran out the backdoor, beneath the “Our Perfect Chaos” sign, Kelly Butler cradled her 6-month-old foster son and explained how she never planned on becoming a mother. “When I was a kid, I decided early on that I was going to be a lawyer. I knew what...

Indiana woman has been a `mother' to more than 400 children

May. 16, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

PORTAGE, Ind. (AP) — Janice Wozniak has six cribs, one in every room of her ranch-style home, neatly stacked clothing in sizes infant to 5T and a basement full of toys. Wozniak, 73, is well-prepared for the job she has held over the last 45 years — providing foster care to 400 babies and toddlers....

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis listens as President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting on the coronavirus response, in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Wednesday, May 13, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

What you need to know today about the virus outbreak

May. 13, 2020 7:19 PM EDT

The United Nations is forecasting that the coronavirus pandemic will shrink the world economy by 3.2% this year, the sharpest contraction since the Great Depression in the 1930s. The U.N.’s mid-year report released Wednesday said COVID-19 is expected to slash global economic output by nearly $8.5 trillion...

FILE - In this Dec. 22, 2019 file photo Miami Dolphins wide receiver Albert Wilson runs the football during the first half at an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Miami Gardens, Fla. Dolphins newcomer Tua Tagovailoa is starting to connect with his receivers. And for now, veteran receiver Albert Wilson said Wednesday, May 13, 2020 long-distance hookups with the rookie quarterback will have to do. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, file)

Pandemic has Dolphins' Tagovailoa-Wilson tandem on hold

May. 13, 2020 5:03 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Miami Dolphins newcomer Tua Tagovailoa is starting to connect with his receivers. And for now, veteran wideout Albert Wilson said, long-distance hookups with the rookie quarterback will have to do. The night Tagovailoa was drafted last month, he pledged to begin reaching out to his new...

This photo provided by Alexandra Flaherty shows Jessica Overstreet, 26, at home in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, May 6, 2020. Foster children have enormous challenges even in the best of times and Overstreet, who became a foster child in her teens, fears the new reality brought by the coronavirus pandemic has made some foster kids’ already difficult situations “100 times worse.” (Alexandra Flaherty via AP)

Pandemic piles new pressures on foster children, caretakers

May. 13, 2020 10:58 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Jessica Overstreet first entered foster care at age 14, separated from her siblings and knowing very little about what her new life meant aside from what she had seen in the popular musical “Annie.” So for a while, at the beginning, she kept her status a secret. Her case...

Volunteers use internet to check foster kids during pandemic

May. 10, 2020 12:41 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The call usually comes around 7 each night, while Sarah Sparks is watching a movie with her two daughters on the couch. She keeps her phone close so she doesn’t miss it. On the other end of the line is a 7-year-old girl, a foster child who lives in a Denver residential treatment...

Hoosiers are fostering dogs in record numbers amid pandemic

Apr. 11, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — In record numbers, central Indiana residents have been seeking time-tested unconditional companionship as they ride out the COVID-19 pandemic at in their homes: dogs. Shelters report large increases in the number of four-legged fosters since stay-at-home orders took effect — and...