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, […]

Foster Care Helps Turn Teen’s Life Around

By CR Staff

Carisse Phillips knew that entering foster care was a chance at a better life, but still wasn’t sure what to expect. Just 10 months after joining the home of veteran foster parents Cheryl and David Shive, Carisse’s life has changed in ways she never could have imagined. The Gazette reports: “Before I went into foster […]

‘They Just Heaped It on Him,’ Says Attorney of Foster Parents Who Abused Boy

By CR Staff

The hard part was supposed to be over for R.H., a young boy in Oregon’s child welfare system, when he was adopted by foster parents Alona and Roger Hartwig. However the Department of Human Services (DHS) repeatedly failed to protect him and other children from the Hartwig’s horrific abuse, according to a suit filed on […]

Former Foster Youth Achieve Academic Success With Help Of UCLA Program

By CR Staff

Many young people think of graduation when the calendar reaches June. However, for a disturbing number of the nation’s foster youth, graduating from college can seem out of reach. UCLA’s Bruin Guardian Scholars Program is looking to change that by helping former foster youth overcome the obstacles they face. The UCLA Newsroomreports: While almost all […]