Inside West Virginia’s overwhelmed foster care system

Oct 9, 2019
About 85% of the children in state custody have a parent who struggles with substance use disorder. The system is straining to care for them.
A homemade sign says "Think drugs gets you high give God a try," on a front lawn in Big Stone Gap, Virginia. The town in Wise County has been hit hard by the opioid epidemic.
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The children of Chinese factory workers

Oct 2, 2019
As part of a series on Communist China’s 70th anniversary, Marketplace’s China correspondent Jennifer Pak and Shanghai bureau news assistant, Charles Zhang, spoke to people in the country’s shoe industry – the world’s biggest – about their achievements and challenges over…
Hu Maolin was left in the care of his grandmother when he was two years old, while his parents worked in the cities.
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After falling for years, the number of uninsured children is rising

May 2, 2019
The study estimates that some 4 million U.S. kids are now uninsured.
Members of the uninsured Morales family, with five children, wait to enter to be treated at a free dental clinic put on by volunteers with the California Dental Association Foundation on Oc. 27, 2018, in Modesto, California.
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A new program helps foster kids by providing affordable housing for adoptive parents and seniors

Dec 7, 2018
Bridge Meadows brings foster families and seniors together in affordable housing.
Bridge Meadows, Portland, Ore.
Melanie Sevcenko

At some Bronx public schools, 1 in 5 students are homeless

Nov 20, 2018
NYC schools plan to spend $28 million on personnel, services for homeless students.
Social worker Carol Graham and Principal Danielle Keane at PS/MS 5 in the Bronx. With more than 700 kids from preschool through 8th grade, more than 150 are in temporary housing.
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Busting the motherhood myth of "having it all"

Nov 15, 2018
A journalist and parent digs into how our ideas of motherhood came about in the U.S.
A cropped version of journalist Amy Westervelt's book.
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In an effort to save money, day care centers in New England are forming purchasing groups

Oct 24, 2018
A pilot program is underway in Massachusetts, while New Hampshire already has 200 day care centers participating in its purchasing group program.
The Elizabeth Peabody House serves children and families in the Somerville, Massachusetts area.
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In an effort to save money, day care centers in New England are forming purchasing groups

Oct 24, 2018
A pilot program is underway in Massachusetts, while New Hampshire already has 200 day care centers participating in its purchasing group program.
The Elizabeth Peabody House serves children and families in the Somerville, Massachusetts area.
Carrie Jung for Marketplace