SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Child welfare officials say there was credible information that foster children kept at a converted juvenile detention center in southern Oregon were subjected to strip...
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon lawmakers and child welfare officials went head-to-head in a tense over the state's beleaguered foster care system, with a top official accusing lawmakers of "public...
Report: State must do more to help foster kids in school
BOSTON (AP) — Thousands of foster children in Massachusetts are struggling to succeed in the classroom, according to a study that lays much of the blame on financial constraints and bureaucratic...
Philadelphia city government can require that contractor Catholic Social Services does not discriminate against same-sex couples in its foster care program, a federal appeals court ruled...
Michigan adoption agency reverses LGBT policy
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A major faith-based foster care and adoption contractor for the state of Michigan said Monday it will place children in LGBT homes, reversing course following a recent legal...
MINOT, N.D. (AP) — PATH North Dakota has one simple goal: to make a difference in families and youth in North Dakota. They do this through their foster care, adoption, independent living and...
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Gov. Kate Brown issued an executive order Thursday establishing an oversight board for Oregon's troubled foster care system, which has drawn heavy criticism and is the subject...
Oregon foster care system targeted in federal lawsuit
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's foster care system has failed to shield children from abuse and they are sometimes forced to stay in refurbished jail cells and homeless shelters, according to a...
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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Child welfare advocates in Kansas who spent more than a year examining the state's troubled foster care system are frustrated with what they see as the Legislature's lack of...
Case of abandoned foster child raises lawmakers’ ire
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon lawmakers are demanding answers from the state's child welfare agency after a report that a 9-year-old girl in foster care was sent to a Montana facility for six months...
Former inmate writes children’s book to explain absence
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Cory Crosby spent much of his time in prison wondering how to explain to his children why he wasn't a part of their life.
Audit questions $10 million in fund use by Oklahoma DHS
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A state audit questions the Oklahoma Department of Human Services' use of $10 million in federal funds to assist needy families with adoption expenses.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky officials say regional community forums scheduled this month will allow people to discuss ways to improve outcomes for children and families involved in the foster...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Keeping neglected and abused children in family settings and out of institutions is a goal of child welfare systems nationwide, but it's an area where Tennessee has been...
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The state health department must develop a plan to provide preventive services to struggling families so fewer children are removed from their homes and placed in foster care,...
Forums to focus on improving Kentucky foster care system
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Administrative Office of the Courts has announced details about five more public forums that are being held around the state in an effort to improve the state's foster...
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Audit: Oregon welfare programs, foster care mismanaged
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A state audit found that Oregon's welfare agencies have racked up hundreds of thousands of dollars in questionable costs from data errors and a lack of oversight.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A lawyer for a child in Oregon's foster care system plans to sue the state after the lawyer says the child saw two state workers having sex in the hotel room where the child was...
West Virginia Gov. Justice signs multiple bills into law
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has signed multiple bills into law, one day ahead of his legislative deadline.
The Republican governor on Tuesday approved measures to...
Forum to focus on improving Kentucky foster care system
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Administrative Office of the Courts says a community forum is being held to discuss improving outcomes for children and families involved in the Kentucky foster care...
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Faith-based adoption agencies that are paid by the state of Michigan will no longer be able to turn away LGBT couples or individuals because of religious objections under a...
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A 1978 law giving preference to Native American families in foster care and adoption proceedings involving American Indian children is an unconstitutional race-based intrusion...
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A federal law that gives preference to Native American families in foster care and adoption proceedings involving Native American children is facing the most significant...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee House panel has advanced a bill that would allow faith-based orphanages and child-placement organizations to decline adoptions or foster care based on religious...
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington Senate has passed a bill to create a pilot program at four colleges to provide assistance to homeless college students and students who had previously been in...
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The need to boost Ohio's gas tax, efforts to fight the opioid epidemic, and programs to improve children's lives are among topics that Gov. Mike DeWine was expected to...
MONTGOMERY, W.Va. (AP) — A plan to create a college campus in a West Virginia city specifically for students aging out of foster care has been abandoned.
PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) — A large drug bust by the Blue Mountain Enforcement Narcotics Team put 65 adults in four eastern Oregon counties behind bars, but also sent 38 children into the foster care...
Kansas Senate OKs bill for openness on missing foster kids
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas legislators are moving ahead with a bill aimed at making sure they and the governor are notified whenever foster children run away or go missing.
Governor promises more openness in Kansas foster care system
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly pledged Monday to give legislators and the general public more information about children who run away or go missing from the state's foster care...
AP Exclusive: Lawsuit claims discrimination by foster agency
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A Catholic mother accuses a federally funded South Carolina foster agency of not working with her because she's "not the right kind of Christian," her lawyers say.
The Latest: Kansas ends 2 child welfare grants, reviews 4
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Latest on child welfare grants in Kansas (all times local):
Kansas has canceled two grants to private agencies for services for troubled families and plans to renegotiate the terms of another four grants for services for foster children.
Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly announced actions Thursday that undo key decisions made by the Department for Children and Families under former Republican Gov. Jeff Colyer. His administration's grants were set to start July 1.
Eastern Kentucky private program seeks foster parents
ASHLAND, Ky. (AP) — There is a critical need for local foster parents with loving homes.
In the Ramey-Estep Foster Care Program there are currently 66 foster children that are placed in 37 different homes throughout the five-county region (Boyd, Carter, Greenup, Lawrence and Elliott).
Southern Illinois University opens clinic for foster kids
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Southern Illinois University's medical school has opened a specialty clinic to serve children in the foster care system with the goal of reducing disruptions in their health care.
State agency that protects children seeks $82.3 million
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A division of a state agency responsible for protecting children from abusive situations, handling foster care and adoptions is seeking a 7 percent budget increase to $82.3 million.
The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare's Child Welfare made its request Thursday to the Legislature's Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee.
Tennessee agency: Foster care needs grow amid opioid crisis
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee agency is asking for tens of millions of dollars more in the upcoming state budget to address growing foster care needs amid the opioid epidemic.
Department of Children's Services Commissioner Jennifer Nichols said at a budget hearing Monday that since 2016, Tennessee has seen a 10.3 percent increase in the number of children in foster care. She said the jump is due largely to the scourge of opioid abuse.
South Carolina group can deny gay couples as foster parents
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The federal government agreed Wednesday to allow federally funded foster care agencies in South Carolina to deny services to same-sex or non-Christian couples.
The waiver issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will allow Greenville's Miracle Hill Ministries to continue as a state-supported foster care agency.
Ohio launches adoption, foster care awareness campaign
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio has launched a public awareness campaign to boost interest in foster care and adoption.
The announcement by Gov. Mike DeWine comes at a time when nearly 16,000 children are in the custody of Ohio county children services agencies.
The website created by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services has information for both current and prospective foster and adoptive families.
New Kansas governor disputes with DCF over research
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov.-elect Laura Kelly is up in arms with the state's troubled child welfare agency for spending public funds to undercut research linking welfare restrictions with a rise in the number of abused children in foster care.
Michigan foster mom helps dozens of kids
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — Ever since she was a little girl, Kindra Hanson knew she wanted to be a foster parent.
New Kansas governor to replace DCF chief; grants put on hold
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov.-elect Laura Kelly announced Thursday that she will replace the top administrator at Kansas' troubled child welfare agency and successfully pushed the departing leader to put new, major grants to private contractors on hold.
Gov.-elect Kelly says she’s aware of higher education issues
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Kansas Gov.-elect Laura Kelly says she's aware the state may need to help higher education institutions but has more pressing issues she needs to focus on during her first legislative session.
Report: Frequent moves for Florida children in foster care
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — An analysis of state child welfare records shows that thousands of foster children in Florida have led transient lives, staying just a few nights in one place before being moved to another family or group home.
Kentucky girl receives most wanted Christmas gift, family
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Sure, six-year-old Lilly has the typical wish list for Christmas, including Barbie dolls and a dollhouse. But it was something much more meaningful that she longed for most: a family of her own.
Data: Massachusetts has few migrant children in its care
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts has among the fewest unaccompanied immigrant children in government custody, according to data obtained by The Associated Press.
And the number of children has held relatively steady even as other states are dealing with surging populations under President Donald Trump's administration.
Study: Virginia poorly supervises its foster care programs
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A legislative study says Virginia does a poor job of supervising local foster care systems and intervening when they don't deliver adequate services to children in their care.
Kansas agency defends new process for child welfare services
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Despite concerns over a new process being used by the Kansas Department of Children and Families to choose care providers, the agency's leader said the process is more transparent than at any time in the past.