Unemployment Rampant Among Former Foster Youth

When Shaquita aged out of foster care at 18, she had no idea what to do and didn’t know who could help her. “My foster mom did not know what to do,” she told Children’s Rights. “So we went to the Department of Children and Family services and asked them what would be the next […]

Former Foster Kids Struggle With Homelessness

After a decade spent in foster care enduring moves between homes and institutions, separation from his siblings, and cocktails of meds that fogged his mind, Tevin turned 18. Just like that, he was on his own. “My caseworker picked me up, gave me my clothes and my CPS file, and dropped me off at a […]

National Adoption Month Brings Hope for Iowa’s Foster Kids

There are more than 100,000 children in U.S. foster care waiting to be adopted and they’ve spent an average of nearly two years in care. In Iowa, a push coinciding with National Adoption Month is underway to get more kids adopted. KCRG-TV9reports on the state’s efforts: In Iowa alone, about 6,100 children are staying with […]

‘Pattern of Disturbing Failures’ Found in Colorado’s Child Welfare System

An investigation of Colorado’s Department of Human Services (DHS) by the Denver Post and 9News says the state’s child welfare system has repeatedly failed to protect abused children brought to its attention. More than 40 percent of the Colorado children who died of abuse and neglect in the last six years had a history with […]

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 […]