How the pandemic is testing the foster care system

Jun 25, 2020
The whole system has practically ground to a halt. Once the pandemic is over, a flood of children could enter foster care.
Government data shows that after the Great Recession, the number of kids entering foster care rose for five years. And the system couldn't handle it.
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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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Life for Americans without identifying documents can be financially devastating

Apr 10, 2019
When American-born children age out of foster care without identifying documents like birth certificates and state ID cards, their financial futures can be at stake.
When American-born children age out of foster care without identifying documents like birth certificates and state ID cards, their financial futures can be at stake. 
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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.
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The census adds a citizenship question for the first time since 1950

Mar 27, 2018
Every 10 years, the government takes an accounting of us. Ideally, every one of us. And that population count — the U.S. Census — determines a lot of things, like how many seats your state has in the House of…

For students in the foster care system, college can be an elusive goal

May 24, 2017
According to a study of foster youth, around 58 percent graduate from high school by the time they’re 19, compared to about 86 percent of the general population.
Ashley Williams studies for law school finals at her kitchen table in Los Angeles.  She graduated from Southwestern Law School in May.
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A long road from foster care to college

May 5, 2014
On-campus support programs can help foster care kids navigate life in college.
USC's Bovard Administration and Alumni Park
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Foster care is costly, and some states send more kids to relatives

Feb 4, 2014
Family care outside of the foster system is cheaper, but some children may lose out on services and oversight.