Program helps Colorado teens coming out of foster care system

  Like most teenagers, Holli Gutierrez craved independence and freedom. But it wasn’t the type of unfettered existence her peers wanted, not exactly. Not the life without curfews, without adults asking questions, grounding them or offering unwanted advice. She wanted the independence from living with people who hurt her, the ones who said she wouldn’t […]

Lack of volunteers is hurting children in Arizona’s foster-care system

Each of the 15,869 children in Arizona’s foster-care system are supposed to have an advocate, someone who fills a role somewhere between friend and lawyer. But only 10 percent of those children had court-appointed special advocates to assist them through the trauma of being separated from their families, according to figures from late June. The court-appointed special advocates, or CASA, program, which […]