Foster Care http://kplu.org en Judge Sides Again With Wash. Foster Youth http://kplu.org/post/judge-sides-again-wash-foster-youth <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159757564&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:59:00 +0000 Austin Jenkins 17836 at http://kplu.org Idaho Woman's Fight For Foster Daughter Reveals A System Of Difficult Choices http://kplu.org/post/idaho-womans-fight-foster-daughter-reveals-system-difficult-choices <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/154794911&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Adoptions are usually private affairs, sealed forever in court documents and known only to the families involved. But a recent decision by Idaho's Department of Health and Welfare exploded into the public sphere.</p><p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 17:59:37 +0000 Jessica Robinson 17198 at http://kplu.org Idaho Woman's Fight For Foster Daughter Reveals A System Of Difficult Choices Audit: Wash. State Can Do More To Help Families Who Adopt Foster Kids http://kplu.org/post/audit-wash-state-can-do-more-help-families-who-adopt-foster-kids <p>Washington state could do a better job when it comes to assisting families who’ve adopted children from foster care, according to a report by the state auditor's office.&nbsp;</p><p>That’s especially the case for families who’ve adopted children with special needs or those who have been diagnosed with emotional or physical problems, the office found.</p><p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 00:55:31 +0000 Florangela Davila 13481 at http://kplu.org 'People can change’: Families celebrate reunion after foster care http://kplu.org/post/people-can-change-families-celebrate-reunion-after-foster-care <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Close to 9,000 children were in foster care in Washington state last year, but the majority of these kids will eventually return home. Today, as part of Family Reunification Day, families are celebrating their reunions after overcoming obstacles that range from drug abuse to struggles with parenting skills.</span></p><p><strong>Born addicted to heroin</strong>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 12:01:00 +0000 Monica Spain 9198 at http://kplu.org 'People can change’: Families celebrate reunion after foster care Foster care reform oversight panel disbands http://kplu.org/post/foster-care-reform-oversight-panel-disbands <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">An independent panel that oversees the state’s foster care system is going away. And it isn’t because of budget cuts. The panel was scheduled to disband this year.</span></p><p>The Braam Foster Care Oversight Panel, which held its final meeting earlier this week, was put in place seven years ago as part of a landmark legal agreement requiring foster care reform in Washington. Wed, 26 Jun 2013 19:02:41 +0000 Paula Wissel 9177 at http://kplu.org Families celebrate success stories in the foster care system http://kplu.org/post/families-celebrate-success-stories-foster-care-system <p>About 1,160 children in King County spent last month in the custody of the Division of Child and Family Services. Most were separated from their parents because of unsafe conditions at home, such as drugs, violence or neglect.</p><p>But it may come as a surprise to learn that most eventually will be safely returned to their parents.</p><p> Mon, 02 Jul 2012 12:00:00 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 5466 at http://kplu.org Families celebrate success stories in the foster care system New state law could help Native American families stay together http://kplu.org/post/new-state-law-could-help-native-american-families-stay-together <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-968431.mp3</p><p>Decades after the federal government stopped taking Native American children from their homes and putting them in boarding schools, Native families still face challenges staying together.</p> Wed, 11 May 2011 19:05:00 +0000 Charla Bear 1576 at http://kplu.org Seattle confronts child prostitution problem after FBI sweeps http://kplu.org/post/seattle-confronts-child-prostitution-problem-after-fbi-sweeps <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-946355.mp3</p><p>Two years ago, the city of Seattle got the results of a harrowing study: <a href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/46893884/Report-Youth-in-Prostitution">it estimated as many as 500 children in King County are involved in prostitution</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>More recently, <a href="http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2013377612_apwachildprostitutionpugetsound.html">FBI sweeps have found more girls victimized here than anywhere else in the country</a>. Seattle is identified by the FBI as one of the top ten human trafficking centers in the country - due in part, perhaps, to more effective law enforcement.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 19 Jan 2011 00:15:50 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 549 at http://kplu.org Seattle confronts child prostitution problem after FBI sweeps