Children's Services

COVID-19 Put Her Husband in the ICU. She Had to Be Hospitalized Next. The State Demanded to Know: Who Would Care for Their Children?

When Laura Whalen went to a hospital with COVID-19, she brought her kids. Her husband was already in an ICU, and she couldn’t risk them exposing their grandma. But the state told her to find someone to take them or it would.

Thousands of Foster Children Were Sent Out of State to Mental Health Facilities Where Some Faced Abuse and Neglect

State officials are supposed to send foster children to out-of-state facilities only as a last resort, but in Illinois alone, it has happened dozens of times. In many cases, officials failed to adequately monitor their treatment and well-being.

Supreme Court to Hear Dispute Over Same-Sex Foster Parents

Catholic Social Services is fighting Philadelphia’s decision to stop working with the foster agency because it will not place children with same-sex couples.

Facing a Foster Care Crisis, One State Seeks to Increase Payments to Foster Parents

A proposal in the West Virginia Legislature would increase monthly payments to foster parents, pay child-placing agencies for finalized adoptions and create a foster parent's bill of rights.

Behind on Child Support? In Some States that Means No Fishing or Hunting

A proposal in Utah would prevent certain people from obtaining hunting or fishing permits if they're behind on child support. Similar policies have been adopted by other states.

Foster Care Adoptions Reach Record High

The most recent data shows an increase of nearly 25% from fiscal 2014 to 2018.

Federal Spending on Kids Falls, as More Dollars Flow Toward Older Adults and Debt

The findings are included in the latest edition of an annual report. “In a sense in our budget, we’re treating kids worse and worse,” said one of its authors.

Foster Care Crisis Opens Door to Second-Chance Parents

Severing parental rights is the nuclear option of child protective services.

Wraparound Support is Key to Keeping Families Out of the Child Welfare System, Report Says

The analysis of a grant program that paired supportive services with permanent housing finds that these interventions decrease interactions with the child welfare system.

Lawsuit Pits Faith-Based Adoption Agencies Against Michigan’s Anti-Discrimination Policy

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Spotlight on Baltimore pipeline deal … Los Angeles Sheriff putting aside misconduct investigations … Washington state works on debt-collection bills.

Navigating the Justice System, Victims Find Comfort with Courthouse Dogs

Courthouse companion dogs offer emotional support for victims and witnesses in 39 states.

As Need Grows, States Try to Entice New Foster Parents

States are using new campaigns, including online ads, to recruit foster parents.

The Soaring Cost of Child Care In 5 Charts

The cost of raising children has gotten so overwhelming for so many families that policymakers on both the federal and state levels are floating proposals.

The Coming Care Crisis as Kids With Autism Grow Up

The number of adults with autism diagnoses is soaring, but there aren’t enough programs and services to meet the demand.

Foster Parents Have Become Professionals in Some States

The idea of hiring professional foster parents to take care of children is controversial, but is being tested as a solution to the shortage of families in these state systems.

New Survey Finds Big Increase in U.S. Teen Vaping

One in five high school seniors vaped in 2018.

Fears Raised of ‘Chilling Effect’ on Kids If Trump Proposal Is Adopted

Changes to the “public charge” rule could make it harder for immigrants to secure green cards if they seek government services like Medicaid.

Measuring Results of Early Childhood Spending

Finding more resources to help struggling populations “needs to be reframed as an economic imperative, even a national security issue.”

New Rules Could Open More Homes to Foster Kids

The proposed federal guidelines would eliminate square footage and bedroom requirements, among other changes.