Young runaways, immigrants more likely to become trafficking victims | Loquitur

According to the Congressional Research Service, there are more than 1 million homeless youth living without supervision on the streets, in abandoned homes and buildings, in shelters, with friends or even with strangers every year. This estimation is considered to be lower than the actual number of homeless youth because this demographic is difficult to track.Information […]

There are 10,000 kids in foster care in Maricopa County alone

You don’t need to be a foster parent and take a child in 24/7, or adopt a child in foster care to make a difference. You can mentor them for as little as eight hours a month, and make a difference as well.”Our mentor program matches volunteers from in the community with school-aged children in foster care,” […]

Parents, advocates tackle issues with Kansas’ foster care system 

Foster care parents and children’s advocates examined ways to address the rapidly growing number of juveniles in Kansas’ troubled foster care system during a forum Monday evening.The event was organized by Strengthen Families Rebuild Hope and took place at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library.The Department for Children and Families has come under fire […]

Foster care teens can soon ask to reunite with birth parents 

Teenagers in foster care in Virginia will be able to express their preference on restoring their birth parents’ parental rights under a law that will take effect July 1.The General Assembly passed and Gov. Ralph Northam signed legislation allowing foster care children ages 14 and older to tell a judge whether they want their birth […]

More than a statistic – Hardship drove senior Htet Htet Rodgers to success

MORE THAN A STATISTIC Hardship Drove Senior Htet Htet Rodgers To Success Orleans Parish Juvenile Court Judge Ernestine S. Gray and Joy M. Bruce, executive director of CASA New Orleans, co-authored an editorial in 2016 stating that nationally one of the fastest-growing groups of children entering foster care has been those aged 14 to 17. National […]

How We Found More Black Foster Parents and Confronted the Racial Disparity in Foster Care – Youth Today

I’ve worked in child welfare for over eight years and, from day one, I’ve been struck by the high numbers of black children in foster care. As of January 2017, black children were overrepresented in the foster care system by more than double in Washington state, where I work. African-American children in the United States are more […]

Oklahoma Senate passes controversial adoption bill 

From the piece: “Bills such as SB 1140 are a clear attempt to solve a ‘problem’ that simply doesn’t exist while enshrining anti-LGBTQ discrimination into law,” said Marty Rouse, national field director for the Human Rights Campaign, an LGBT advocacy group. OKLAHOMA SENATE PASSES CONTROVERSIAL ADOPTION BILL – Tulsa World The Senate on Tuesday passed a bill […]

Philly halts foster placements with 2 faith-based agencies shutting out LGBT couples 

Mayor Jim Kenney said he finds it unbelievable that the two faith-based agencies that had been contracted with the city discriminate against qualified same-sex couples.“I think that two women or two men that happen to love each other or are married to each other who pass all the background checks and the financial circumstances and […]

Gov. Henry McMaster allows foster care agencies in South Carolina to favor certain religions 

Gov. Henry McMaster is coming to the defense of an Upstate foster care agency that requires participating families to be Christian.McMaster issued an executive order Tuesday that allows foster care providers to discriminate based on religion without losing their license.For nearly three decades, Greenville-based Miracle Hill Ministries has only allowed foster children to be placed […]

Trump’s Immigration Policy Pushing Children Into Foster Care | Juvenile Justice Information Exchange

The struggle to reunite a Congolese woman swept up in an immigration crackdown with her little girl — and to reunite countless families like them — continues, child welfare advocates say. “Ms. L,” as she is identified in court records, was arrested and locked up in San Diego, while her 7-year-old daughter — identified in […]