Long Odds and Few Options for Nebraska Youth Aging Out of Foster Care

Reba Payne will age out of Nebraska foster care when she turns 18 in 12 months–she will be in the first semester of her senior year in high school. Nineteen-year-old John Thompson exited Nebraska foster care a month ago after about six years in the system. Both of them face the same uncertain future awaiting […]

Connecticut’s Child Welfare System Moves Closer to Achieving Goals Spurred by Children’s Rights Lawsuit

Connecticut’s Department of Children and Families (DCF) could be moving toward ending more than 20 years of court oversight stemming from a landmark class-action lawsuit filed by Children’s Rights. Although challenges remain, a report filed by the federal court monitor overseeing DCF’s reform plan showed vital progress was made in key areas. Josh Kovner of […]

‘That’s a Big, Big Problem,’ Computer Glitch in Arizona CPS Keeps Public Records Hidden For 15 Years From Lawyers and Families

Arizona’s Child Protective Services (CPS) is yet again embroiled in controversy, this time over the revelation that a computer glitch kept public records hidden for more than 15 years. The error could have an enormous impact on the system as well as the families and lawyers involved with it, according to experts. The Arizona Republic […]

Cultural Identity Can be Maintained in Foster Care

Edgar remembers playing with a toy car on the kitchen floor, watching his stepmother make flautas, guacamole and beans. “She would always make these really good dishes,” he recalled. Years later — in the kitchen of his “independent living” apartment where he is learning to be self-reliant — Edgar does his best to recreate her […]

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