foster care

Disabilities
9:04 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Biggest Needs, Biggest Gaps In Services For Kids Adoped From Foster System

Children with the biggest needs face the biggest gaps in services, according to a new report about children adopted from the state's foster care system.

The findings were released Monday by the Washington state auditor's office.

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Youth Issues
3:15 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Stability And Security: The Case For Extended Foster Care

Deontae Cruz and Mockingbird Society founder Jim Theofelis are advocating for a bill that would allow foster youth to remain in the system until age 21.
KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

Ross Reynolds sits down with Jim Theofelis, founder and executive director of the Mockingbird Society, and 21-year-old Deontae Cruz who participated in the original extended foster care pilot program.

They spoke about the importance of allowing young adults in foster care to remain in the system until age 21 — an issue state legislators will address this session.

Adoption
3:13 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Why Hana's Story Of Abuse May Not Be An Isolated Incident

Marcie Sillman talks to Slate contributor Kathryn Joyce about her investigative piece on Hana Williams, an adopted child from Ethiopia who died after suffering child abuse by her adopted parents, Larry and Carri Williams. One question still remains in the case: how she and her brother were subjected to so much abuse without any intervention.

Investigations
6:00 am
Wed November 13, 2013

'I Want To Get Out': Teens Rarely Extend Foster Care

Roel Williams said that by the time he was 18, he had "served his time," and opted out of Washington's extended foster care program.
Credit Investigate West/Mike Kane

When Roel Williams was 18, he couldn’t wait to leave foster care.

“I went to a foster home in the Central District, which was run by a reverend,” he recalled. “He told me I had to fight one of the other foster children to stay in that placement. That’s when reality hit me.”

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Support Services
9:00 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Is Help On The Way For Kids "Aging Out" Of Foster Care?

What support systems do foster kids have as adults?
Credit Flickr photo/James Evans

Turning 18 marks a form of adulthood at least, bringing new independence and legal rights. For a foster child in Washington state, turning 18 can also mean the end of a stable home life. InvestigateWest reporter Claudia Rowe joins us with the story of one young woman’s experience “aging out” of foster care, and what state government might do to help.

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