‘This Has Been Like a Death For Us,’ says North Carolina Woman Who Lost Foster Child to ‘Unfair’ System

By CR Staff

David and Michelle Buchanan of Gaston County, North Carolina have been fostering children through the local Department of Social Services (DSS) for the past two years. However, their home has been childless since August 31st , when the 21-month-old toddler they hoped to adopt was unexpectedly removed. The Gaston Gazette has more: The Buchanans are […]

Cultural Identity Can be Maintained in Foster Care

By CR Staff

Edgar remembers playing with a toy car on the kitchen floor, watching his stepmother make flautas, guacamole and beans. “She would always make these really good dishes,” he recalled. Years later — in the kitchen of his “independent living” apartment where he is learning to be self-reliant — Edgar does his best to recreate her […]

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 […]