‘Pattern of Disturbing Failures’ Found in Colorado’s Child Welfare System

By CR Staff

An investigation of Colorado’s Department of Human Services (DHS) by the Denver Post and 9News says the state’s child welfare system has repeatedly failed to protect abused children brought to its attention. More than 40 percent of the Colorado children who died of abuse and neglect in the last six years had a history with […]

Long Odds and Few Options for Nebraska Youth Aging Out of Foster Care

By CR Staff

Reba Payne will age out of Nebraska foster care when she turns 18 in 12 months–she will be in the first semester of her senior year in high school. Nineteen-year-old John Thompson exited Nebraska foster care a month ago after about six years in the system. Both of them face the same uncertain future awaiting […]

Connecticut’s Child Welfare System Moves Closer to Achieving Goals Spurred by Children’s Rights Lawsuit

By CR Staff

Connecticut’s Department of Children and Families (DCF) could be moving toward ending more than 20 years of court oversight stemming from a landmark class-action lawsuit filed by Children’s Rights. Although challenges remain, a report filed by the federal court monitor overseeing DCF’s reform plan showed vital progress was made in key areas. Josh Kovner of […]

‘That’s a Big, Big Problem,’ Computer Glitch in Arizona CPS Keeps Public Records Hidden For 15 Years From Lawyers and Families

By CR Staff

Arizona’s Child Protective Services (CPS) is yet again embroiled in controversy, this time over the revelation that a computer glitch kept public records hidden for more than 15 years. The error could have an enormous impact on the system as well as the families and lawyers involved with it, according to experts. The Arizona Republic […]

‘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 […]