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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West Virginia foster parents say they need more support

Oct 9, 2019
Roughly 5% of the state's babies are born with neonatal abstinence syndrome. Families taking them in say they feel unprepared for the task.
A memorial in Huntington, West Virginia, in 2017.
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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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