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Kentucky Child Welfare Failing to Review Some Child Death Cases, Governor Takes Action

Derek Cooper was just two-years-old when his own father, Brandon Fraley, suffocated him to death. It’s been nearly two years since Brandon died, but Kentucky’s Cabinet for Health & Family Services (CHFS) has yet to complete a state-mandated internal review of his case. An investigative report by the Lexington Herald-Leader found even more missing reviews: […]

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

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

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

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 […]

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