Former Foster Youth Who Beat The Odds Now Wants to Help Others

By the time Desiree Parker turned 21 years old, she had already overcome more challenges than many adults. She entered foster care as a four-year-old with her three siblings after her young parents proved incapable of supporting them, but the obstacles didn’t end there. The La Crosse Tribune reports: Finding a home willing to take […]

Caseworkers Matter to Kids in Foster Care

            If Bella had the power to change foster care, she knows just what she would do. “I would make social workers visit more, and really look into these homes when they are placing children,” she told Children’s Rights. Bella, who says she was “born into foster care,” has good […]

Pennsylvania’s Child Abuse Laws are Putting Kids in Danger, Say Experts

Advocates, lawyers and child welfare workers in Pennsylvania are saying that the state’s child abuse laws make it difficult to protect the kids they’re entrusted to help. The PhillyBurbs.com has more on this alarming situation: A bruised ear kept the Bucks County child welfare caseworker awake at night. The injury wasn’t to her, but rather […]

Parents Charged With Murder of Infant Found Buried in Shallow Grave

Vanessa Martinez died less than three months after being born and, according to the local Sheriff’s Department, her parents are to blame. However, Child Protective Services (CPS) may bear some of the responsibility in this tragedy as well. The TriValley Central reports: CPS confirmed to the Arizona Daily Star that there was a previous report […]

CASA Volunteers in Louisiana are Making a Difference for Kids in Foster Care

Children and families grappling with the foster care system often feel like no one is in their corner. Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers can play a vital role in helping them navigate the system and life. The Advertiser tells the story of one former foster youth in Lafayette, Louisiana, who got the help he […]

Controversy Rising Over Death of Boy Under State Supervision

Khalil Wimes spent much of his short life under the watch of the Philadelphia Department of Human Services (DHS). However, the system that was supposed to protect him may carry some blame for his death at just six years old. The Philadelphia Inquirer has more: The Inquirer review found that, in the last eight months […]