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West Virginia's foster care system is losing another top official with commissioner's exit

Jun. 12, 2024 18:46 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's heavily burdened foster care system is losing another top official with the announcement Wednesday that Bureau of Social Services commissioner Jeffrey Pack will leave after nearly three years. Gov. Jim Justice said at his weekly news...

Editorial Roundup: West Virginia

Jun. 06, 2024 07:17 AM EDT

Gazette-Mail. June 4, 2024. Editorial: Manchin’s switch to independent gets a shrug Sen. Joe Manchin announced Friday that he left the Democratic Party, switching his affiliation to independent, to very little public reaction or fanfare. Perhaps...

West Virginia's first ombudsman for state's heavily burdened foster care system resigns

May. 29, 2024 17:40 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The first ombudsman of West Virginia's heavily burdened foster care system has resigned. Pamela Woodman-Kaehler’s resignation will take effect June 6, the state Department of Health announced in a statement. Woodman-Kaehler said she was “choosing to...

Editorial Roundup: Kansas

May. 21, 2024 12:51 PM EDT

Topeka Capital-Journal. May 17, 2024. Editorial: Kansas taking a step in the right direction by giving youths in foster care more options Childhood is a precious time in our development. We only get one and you often can’t get it back. A time when we’re the most...

For decades, states have taken foster children's federal benefits. That's starting to change

May. 18, 2024 00:18 AM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — By the time Jesse Fernandez turned 18, the federal government had paid out thousands of dollars in Social Security survivor's benefits because of the death of his mother. But Jesse's bank account was empty. The money had all been used by Missouri's...

Editorial Roundup: Michigan

May. 13, 2024 16:59 PM EDT

Detroit News. May 11, 2024. Editorial: Keep state budget focused on common sense Counterproposals from the Democratic-controlled Legislature include pragmatic improvements to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s original budget proposal. The focus of negotiations over the $80.9...

Editorial Roundup: Georgia

May. 09, 2024 07:17 AM EDT

Dalton Daily Citizen. May 6, 2024. Editorial: Consider foster care In a perfect world, every child would have a home. It is not a perfect world. May is National Foster Care Month. Foster Care Month exists to raise awareness...

Editorial Roundup: Alabama

May. 08, 2024 07:18 AM EDT

Cullman Times. May 7, 2024. Editorial: May’s spotlight: Consider foster care In a perfect world, every child would have a home. It is not a perfect world. May is National Foster Care Month. Foster Care Month exists to...

Texas fined $100,000 per day for failing to act on foster care abuse allegations

Apr. 16, 2024 11:53 AM EDT

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — A federal judge is fining Texas $100,000 per day for routinely neglecting to adequately investigate allegations of abuse and neglect raised by children in the state’s struggling foster care system. U.S. District Judge Janis Graham Jack in Corpus...