‘There’s no Better Feeling in the World,’ Says Foster Parent

By CR Staff

It’s been about three years since Ron and Linda received an unexpected phone call that changed their lives. The call was from North Dakota’s Grand Forks County Social Services (GFCSS) and they wanted to know if Ron and Linda would be willing to take in not one, but three children. The Grand Forks Herald profiled […]

Locked Up: Girl Kept in Basement by Abusive Parents

By CR Staff

A 12-year-old girl was kept locked in a basement for nearly a month by her abusive parents, according to the Middletown, Ohio police department. Emerging details from the case show that the local child welfare system missed an opportunity to save her months ago. The Middletown Journal reports: Middletown police said an anonymous complaint led […]

Utah Moves Toward Keeping Families Together, Relying Less on Foster Care

By CR Staff

More Utah children will stay with their families instead of entering foster care under a new plan announced by the state’s Division of Children and Family Services (DCFS). The change was prompted by an audit of DCFS that showed a troubling trend. The Deseret News reports: A state legislative audit in 2011 revealed a 38 […]

“Kids Falling Through the Cracks” of Illinois’ Understaffed Child Abuse Hotline

By CR Staff

Illinois’ child abuse hotline is plagued with staffing shortages and delayed responses, according to an investigative report by the Chicago Tribune. The investigation reveals that the hotline’s performance has worsened in several key areas: The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services [DCFS] took messages for the majority of its more than 236,000 calls logged […]

Toddler Murdered by Foster Parents’ 12-Year-Old Son, Say Police

By CR Staff

Two-year-old Aniyah Batchelor’s stay in a Fort Washington, Maryland foster home ended violently last Tuesday when a 12-year-old boy in the same home beat her to death, according to local police. The boy, a biological son of Aniyah’s foster parents, has been charged with second-degree murder. The Washington Post reports: [Police spokeswoman Julia] Parker would […]

Florida Child Welfare Worker Fired For Having Sex With Underage Foster Girl

By CR Staff

Child protective worker Jean LaCroix, 46, has been fired by Florida’s Department of Children & Families (DCF) for allegedly having sex with a teenage girl in foster care. LaCroix met the girl when he was assigned to her case for a month last fall, but court documents show the illegal sexual relationship lasted for months. […]

Children’s Rights Values Birth Families

By CR Staff

Marcia Robinson Lowry, executive director of Children’s Rights, has heard heartwarming stories of families safely reuniting after their kids spent time in foster care. In Georgia, Donald, a single father, welcomed his children home with the assistance of a reunification counselor who helped him turn his life around and work on parenting skills and anger […]

Crisis in Florida: Four Arrested For Running Foster Care Prostitution Ring

By CR Staff

Miami police and prosecutors have arrested four men accused of running a human trafficking and prostitution ring that targeted abused and neglected girls in foster care. This is the latest in a string of tragic stories coming out of Florida’s troubled Department of Children & Families (DCF). The Miami-Herald reports: Beginning in January of 2011, […]

New Leadership at Michigan DHS Makes Headway

By CR Staff

Michigan has made noteworthy steps toward overhauling its long-troubled child welfare system, according to the first monitoring report tracking progress made by the Snyder Administration’s new management at the Department of Human Services (DHS). MLive reports: In a federal courtroom Monday afternoon, both a court-appointed monitor and the group that brought the lawsuit, Children’s Rights, […]