‘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 […]

Family Court Delays Leave Family Without Answers And A Little Girl In Limbo

By CR Staff

The Children’s Rights blog previously covered California Judge Michael Nash’s decision to open Los Angeles County family court proceedings to the public. Since the change, Jim Newton of the Los Angeles Times has been following one child’s journey through the system and the hidden costs of court delays on her foster family. Newton chronicled his […]

After Wishing For Death, Former Foster Youth Finds New Life

By CR Staff

Lerone Matthis was living life on the streets as another one of California’s homeless former foster youth. However, some unexpected opportunities and Matthis’ own courage have turned his life around.Care2 shares his story: Matthis grew up in Richmond and entered the foster care system when he was a teen. He was moved from group home […]

Kinship Care On The Rise, But Help For Families Still Lacking

By CR Staff

When parents can’t take care of their children, kinship care–the practice of placing kids with relatives–is an increasingly common solution. However, a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation is shedding light on the challenges these relatives face–especially grandparents, who often take on this responsibility. The Huffington Post reports: Adrian Charniak’s grandson was born […]