Record Number of Kids in Foster Care, Staff Shortages Leave Arizona Child Welfare System Struggling For Solutions

By CR Staff

Arizona’s Child Protective Services (CPS) is struggling to keep up with a record number of cases while turning over staff at a worrying rate, according to a new state report on CPS. The news comes despite promises of reform from state officials, including Governor Jan Brewer. The Associated Press reports: The state’s Child Protective Services […]

For Former Foster Youth, Sierra College is a Beacon of Hope

By CR Staff

Years of bouncing around California foster care left Jason Weems yearning for a better future. Like so many youth exiting foster care, he needed help to make that happen. Luckily for Jason and about 250 other former foster kids, Sierra College has the support they need. The Auburn Journal reports: Sonbol Aliabadi, executive director of […]

Homeless Foster Kids Finding New Life in Los Angeles

By CR Staff

Claudia Jacqueline Benjamin was one of hundreds of Los Angeles County foster children who preferred life on the streets to living in the homes of strangers. Matters took a turn for the worse when she went on the lam from a foster home for three weeks and landed in juvenile detention. The Los Angeles Times […]

Child Abuse Investigator Charged With Sexually Abusing Two 5-Year-Old Girls

By CR Staff

Peter Crane Lemming, a child abuse investigator with Florida’s Department of Children & Families (DCF), has been arrested on three counts of child sexual abuse. Police received a report from the local emergency room stating two 5-year-old girls, had allegedly been sexually abused. The Herald-Tribune reports: Crane Leming was charged with two counts of lewd […]

Mother Charged in Killing of Son Just Five Months After Regaining Custody

By CR Staff

Afriyie Gaspard stands accused of first-degree manslaughter after allegedly strangling her 2-year-old son, Izayah. Emerging details about this tragic case show Gaspard has a long history with New York’s Administration for Child Services (ACS). The WNYC News Blog reports: In 2008, [Gaspard’s] three oldest children were put into foster care after she was accused of […]

Illinois to Add More Investigators to Child Welfare Team – But is it Enough?

By CR Staff

A 1991 court agreement between the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Illinois’ Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) was supposed to turn the state’s troubled child welfare system around. However, deep budget cuts and the state’s admitted violation of the agreement, brought both sides back to the negotiating table. The Chicago Tribune reports: […]