Foster Care. Legal news and articles for April 27 - 30, 2017

Agencies raise awareness for foster care in Danbury, as number of2 laws ease life for former foster childrenResponding to foster kids like Alex, LA County acts to protect educational stabilityAlabama Senate passes anti-LGBTQ bill; HRC Alabama calls Gov. Ivey to rejectLocal foster agencies tackle problems, look to future of care in Southern IllinoisFear and loathingAudit finds numbers, records lacking in Kansas foster careNY Bill Would Open up Records of Youthful Offenders toNY bill would open up records of youthful offenders to correctional ...Baby boy dies unexpectedly while in foster careOn Children of Detained Immigrants: 'We've Seen the Situation Worsen,' Says ALM FellowKy case on foster pay headed to Supreme CourtAuthorities investigate the death of infant boy in foster care12-Year-Old Pushes Lawmakers To Pass Legal Protections For Foster Care ChildrenStudent parent uses poor experience in foster care to fuel motivational speaking

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HRC Calls on AL Senate to Reject Bill Allowing Anti-LGBTQ Discrimination by Child Welfare Agencies
Human Rights Campaign (blog)April 12, 2017

The bill, deceptively titled the “Child Placing Agency Inclusion Act,” would enshrine discrimination into Alabama law by allowing state-licensed adoption and foster care agencies to reject qualified prospective LGBTQ adoptive or foster parents based on ...more »

April 12, 2017 | Student helps change driving age for foster youth
Murray State NewsApril 12, 2017

Glenda Wright, senior from Owensboro, Kentucky, is making a difference for children in foster care, inspired by her personal experience in the system. Wright said her mother, who had a drug addiction, dropped her and her three siblings off at daycare ...more »

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Agencies raise awareness for foster care in Danbury, as number of
Danbury News TimesApril 30, 2017

About 4,500 children are in foster care in Connecticut, including 214 kids in the Danbury area. Those numbers are risin, because of the opioid crisis and a new law that increases the number of “mandated reporters,” meaning people required by law to ...more »

2 laws ease life for former foster children
Fort Wayne Journal GazetteApril 30, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS – Jaquesha Smart didn't get a driver's license when she was in foster care, and now struggles to stay on Medicaid at age 21 because of the constant paperwork hassles. But the Indiana legislature passed two bills targeting those exact ...more »

Responding to foster kids like Alex, LA County acts to protect educational stability
LA Daily NewsApril 30, 2017

Alex moved to his uncle's house in December 2014, after a foster care placement failed to work out, one of many such arrangements since he entered the system at age 11. The move to his uncle's was meant to be permanent, but when Alex was accused of ...more »

Alabama Senate passes anti-LGBTQ bill; HRC Alabama calls Gov. Ivey to reject
Windy City TimesApril 29, 2017

The bill, deceptively titled the "Child Placing Agency Inclusion Act," would enshrine discrimination into Alabama law by allowing state-licensed adoption and foster care agencies to reject qualified prospective LGBTQ adoptive or foster parents based on ...more »

Local foster agencies tackle problems, look to future of care in Southern Illinois
The SouthernApril 29, 2017

As previously reported by The Southern, Illinois has been required by law to pay 100 percent of the contract it signed with child-welfare agencies such as the Department of Child and Family Services and Lutheran Social Services, however, that contract ...more »

Fear and loathing
Houston ChronicleApril 29, 2017

They could be finding both means and money to educate the state's young people. They could be debating health care, transportation, economic development, environmental protection, safeguarding vulnerable children in foster care. the list could go on.more »

Audit finds numbers, records lacking in Kansas foster care
WIBWApril 28, 2017

While noting DCF has made great changes in its inspection process, the audit notes it identified 14 children placed in foster homes that were not inspected in a timely manner or not sponsored by a child-placing agency, as required by law.more »

NY Bill Would Open up Records of Youthful Offenders to
My Champlain Valley FOX44 & ABC22April 28, 2017

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) - A bill currently sits on the Senate floor that would make child and family services records of youthful offenders open to correctional staff and potential foster parents. Renee's law is named after Renee Greco, a 24-year-old ...more »

NY bill would open up records of youthful offenders to correctional ...
NEWS10 ABCApril 28, 2017

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A bill currently sits on the Senate floor that would make child and family services records of youthful offenders open to correctional ...more »

Baby boy dies unexpectedly while in foster care
WXII The TriadApril 28, 2017

"As required by law and to ensure full transparency, Guilford County is reviewing the circumstances and will turn over their findings to law enforcement and the District Attorney, as necessary. Our heart goes out to the biological family, foster family ...more »

On Children of Detained Immigrants: 'We've Seen the Situation Worsen,' Says ALM Fellow
Law.com (subscription)April 28, 2017

In the short time that Jordan Cunnings has been working as an Equal Justice Works fellow, she's seen big changes. Cunnings is counseling immigrant parents to take action to keep their U.S.-born children out of foster care if those parents should be ...more »

Ky case on foster pay headed to Supreme Court
The Courier-JournalApril 28, 2017

Both address the question of whether federal law allows people to sue to enforce their right to receive payment for foster care. The 8th Circuit ruled against a group of foster care providers who filed suit in Missouri, while the 6th Circuit found that ...more »

Authorities investigate the death of infant boy in foster care
Winston-Salem JournalApril 28, 2017

French said she has four other sons, ages 10, 9, 6 and 3, who are in foster care in Forsyth County. She said she has mental health issues, and that's the reason that DSS officials removed her children from her care. French said she still has parental ...more »

12-Year-Old Pushes Lawmakers To Pass Legal Protections For Foster Care Children
CBS Minnesota / WCCOApril 27, 2017

After she moved in with her grandparents, she contacted a legislative Child Protection Task Force and got the attention of State Representative Ron Kresha, a Republican lawmaker from Little Falls who sits on the Task Force. McKenna watched from a ...more »

Student parent uses poor experience in foster care to fuel motivational speaking
The Daily TitanApril 27, 2017

Around the same time, Mara Ziegler, social worker at Public Counsel, did a presentation on the rights of pregnant and parenting students at McAlister High School in Los Angeles, where Merwin attended before entering foster care. Merwin was pregnant at ...more »

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