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 […]

Teen Girl Is Starved And Neglected While Child Welfare Workers Botch Investigation

By CR Staff

When 16-year-old Darlene Armstrong arrived at the emergency room, she weighed only 23 pounds. Unable to walk or talk and afflicted with cerebral palsy, the medical stuff was stunned by Darlene’s emaciated body. The Chicago Tribune reports: The doctors at Comer Children’s Hospital at the University of Chicago agreed the girl had been starved for […]

Minnesota Takes Aim At Overmedication Of Children

By CR Staff

The high rate of psychotropic drug prescriptions for children in foster care has long been a point of concern for Children’s Rights and other child welfare experts. A federal study by the United States Government Accountability Office shows that 35 percent of foster children are prescribed psychotropic drugs, compared to just 10 percent of other […]