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WV Names Ombudsman for Overwhelmed Foster Care System

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia has appointed an ombudsman for its overwhelmed foster care system. The state health department announced Monday that Pamela M. Woodman-Kaehler has been named to the newly-created position. Her job will be to investigate complaints and collect data about the state’s foster care system. The number of children under state… Read More

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Federal Lawsuit Targets West Virginia Foster Care System

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The overwhelmed foster care system in opioid-ravaged West Virginia has failed to protect children, according to a federal lawsuit filed Monday. The lawsuit seeking class-action status was filed in U.S. District Court on behalf of a dozen children against Gov. Jim Justice, the state Department of Health and Human Resources and… Read More

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22 Kentucky Counties Need Volunteers to Review Foster Care Cases

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Officials say 22 Kentucky counties need volunteers to review cases of children in foster care. Volunteers review the cases of children placed in care because of dependency, neglect or abuse to ensure they are placed in safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible. The Administrative Office of the Courts says in… Read More

State Public Awareness Campaign Launched To Promote Foster Care And Adoption

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Ohio has nearly 16,000 children in the custody of county children’s services agencies. Gov. Mike DeWine wants to increase the number of foster care families available to meet that need. Here is one effort that’s designed to recruit more foster parents. The state has a new foster care and adoption website that gives Ohioans information on requirements and… Read More

Foster Care Advocates Say They’ll Ask DeWine For A Lot More Money

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Gov.-elect Mike DeWine has said children’s initiatives are a top priority. But one group that advocates for kids says it’s going to push him to prove that in the upcoming state budget. 3,500 more kids are in children services custody now than were five years ago, and during that time there’s also been a 92… Read More