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judge orders sweeping changes to texas foster care system


a judge ordered texas to make sweeping changes to its foster care system on friday, two years after she found it unconstitutionally broken.






judge orders sweeping changes to texas foster care system


dallas (ap) — a judge ordered texas to make sweeping changes to its foster care system on friday, two years after she found it unconstitutionally broken. u.s. district judge janis graham jack told the state the overhaul must include improvements in record keeping, caseworker visits and where children are placed. the changes were based on […]






judge orders texas to make sweeping changes to foster care system 2 years after


dallas (ap) — judge orders texas to make sweeping changes to foster care system 2 years after she found it unconstitutionally broken.






appeals court stays order for changes in texas foster system


a judge ordered texas to make sweeping changes to its foster care system on friday, two years after she found it unconstitutionally broken.






federal audit finds more lapses in texas foster care system


austin, texas (ap) — a federal audit released tuesday heaped more criticism onto texas’ troubled child welfare system and warned of foster kids potentially put in jeopardy over missed deadlines during abuse and neglect investigations. the report was published a day after the texas legislature ended a session in which lawmakers approved an extra $500 […]






the latest: appeals court stays order in foster system case


the latest on a federal court challenge to the texas foster care system (all times local):






70-plus children missing from kansas’ foster care system


wichita, kan. (ap) — lawmakers are expressing outrage after learning more than 70 foster children are missing in kansas. the kansas city star reports that foster care contractors discussed the issued tuesday. the discussion was prompted by the disappearance in august of three sisters from a northeast kansas foster home. democratic sen. laura kelly, of […]






call to reinvent foster care draws crowd to olympia


roughly 100 turned out friday to bring attention to a number of bills that aim to improve washington’s foster care system.






kansas' new welfare chief promises review of foster care


the new leader at the kansas department for children and families is promising a thorough review of a state foster care system that's faced months of scrutiny.






more us kids in foster care; parental drug abuse a factor


the number of children in the u.s. foster care system has increased for the fourth year in a row, with substance abuse by parents a major factor, according to new federal data released on thursday.






garden party raises money to help children in foster care


this year’s party, held in a private garden in hillsborough, featured an appearance by anthony trucks, a retired nfl football play who was himself in the foster care system as a child.






crowd rallies to support foster care legislation in olympia


roughly 100 people braved chilly winds friday afternoon to draw attention to legislation that aims to improve washington’s foster care system.






loosened foster care restrictions encourage normalcy


chattanooga, tenn. (ap) — in alabama, tennessee and georgia, and across the nation, states are loosening restrictions on foster parents in order to encourage normalcy for the growing share of children in foster care. before, if a child in foster care wanted to have a sleepover at a friend’s house, attend a birthday party or […]






voters tapped as ohio opioid crisis stretches foster care


ohio's opioid crisis is stretching the state's foster care system as more and more children are removed from the homes of their drug-addicted parents, leading to ballot requests tuesday for more funding.






for advocates of gay adoption, progress but also obstacles


with tens of thousands of children lingering in foster care across the united states, awaiting adoption, illinois schoolteachers kevin neubert and jim gorey did their bit. what began with their offer to briefly care for a newborn foster child evolved within a few years into the adoption of that little boy and all four of his older siblings who also were in foster care.






for advocates of gay adoption, progress but also obstacles


with tens of thousands of children lingering in foster care across the united states, waiting for adoption, illinois schoolteachers kevin neubert and jim gorey did their bit. what began with their offer to briefly care for a newborn foster child evolved within a few years into the adoption of that little boy and all four of his older siblings who also were in foster care.






'i know they are going to die.' this foster father takes in only terminally ill


the children were going to die. mohamed bzeek knew that. but in his more than two decades as a foster father, he took them in anyway — the sickest of the sick in los angeles county’s sprawling foster care system. he has buried about 10 children. some died in his arms. now, bzeek spends long days...






judge postpones texas attorney general’s trial that was set for may, orders proc


mckinney, texas (ap) — judge postpones texas attorney general’s trial that was set for may, orders proceedings moved from his hometown.






suffolk grand jury finds failures in foster-care system


a ridge foster parent now accused of sexually abusing boys in his care could have been stopped years earlier if not for "abysmal" communication among the child-welfare agencies involved, including one that raised serious concerns that were apparently never documented, according to a special grand jury report obtained by the associated press.






ohio child advocates: opioid crisis straining foster care


the opioid crisis is overwhelming ohio's foster care system as record numbers of children are removed from the homes of drug-addicted parents, the state's children service advocacy group said thursday.






for more than two decades, this foster father has served only children on the br


the children were going to die. mohamed bzeek knew that. but in his more than two decades as a foster father, he took them in anyway — the sickest of the sick in los angeles county’s sprawling foster care system. he has buried about 10 children. some died in his arms. now, bzeek spends long days...






apnewsbreak: grand jury report blasts ny foster care system


a foster parent now accused of sexually abusing boys in his care could have been stopped years earlier if not for "abysmal" communication among the child-welfare agencies involved, including one that raised serious concerns that were apparently never documented, according to a special grand jury report obtained by the associated press






inspired by own family, kentucky gov. tackles foster system


the little girl was 11, living in a foster care group home, when she ended up playing tag in a louisville park with the daughters of a wealthy investment manager who would one day be kentucky's governor.






special grand jury report identifies “abysmal” communication failures within new


hauppauge, n.y. (ap) — special grand jury report identifies “abysmal” communication failures within new york’s foster care system.






ohio child advocates: opioid crisis straining foster care


child advocates say the opioid crisis is overwhelming ohio's foster care system as more children are removed from the homes of drug-addicted parents.






missouri waives birth certificate fees for foster care kids


jeffferson city, mo. (ap) — missouri gov. eric greitens says the state no longer will make children in foster care pay a $15 fee to get copies of their birth certificates. greitens in a friday statement said the change is aimed at making it easier for teenagers in foster care to get records needed to […]






ada in trial opening says foster dad 'hand-picked' victims


the ridge man on trial for sexually abusing his foster children used the system that placed the boys in his care like it was a "candy store," a suffolk prosecutor said wednesday in an opening statement in a riverhead courtroom.






republicans suddenly realize destroying the health-care system might be a bad id


the republican effort to repeal the affordable care act is not going well, in large part because it turns out that making sweeping changes to a system that encompasses one-sixth of the american economy turns out to be rather more complicated than they imagined. their backtracking has an interesting...






foster criticizes trump administration on health care


speaking monday in aurora, u.s. rep. bill foster, d-naperville, said recent moves by the trump administration are making it more difficult for residents to shop for health plans through the affordable care act. foster said the trump administration cut the marketing budget for the affordable care...






federal judge halts texas' latest anti-abortion law


a federal judge on thursday blocked texas from enforcing new anti-abortion measures gov. greg abbott signed in response to a u.s. supreme court ruling that struck down more sweeping abortion limits.






texas’ next religious liberty fight could be over foster care


you can’t talk about religious liberty in texas without mentioning lester roloff. in the 1970s, roloff, a baptist preacher, was known for his homes for teenagers in corpus christi. a 1973 legislative report on child care in the state said members heard testimony from children previously in roloff...






70-plus children missing from kansas' foster care system


lawmakers are expressing outrage after learning more than 70 foster children are missing in kansas, a number that officials say is in line with the national average.






rep. foster slams trump admin for aca 'sabotage'


speaking monday in aurora, u.s. rep. bill foster (d-naperville) said recent moves by the trump administration are making it more difficult for residents to shop for health plans through the affordable care act. foster said the trump administration cut the marketing budget for the affordable care...






apnewsbreak: grand jury report blasts ny foster care system


hauppauge, n.y. (ap) — a foster parent now accused of sexually abusing boys in his care could have been stopped years earlier if not for “abysmal” communication among the child-welfare agencies involved, including one that raised serious concerns that were apparently never documented, according to a special grand jury report obtained by the associated press […]






trump warns health care system will "implode" unless fixed


president donald trump warned monday that the nation's health care system was in danger of imploding and said congress must make fundamental changes to the sweeping health law passed by his predecessor.