Foster Care

Rate Of Kids Coming Into Foster Care Rising, But Is It Too Much?More children are coming into Florida's foster-care system after a sweeping child-welfare reform law went into effect 19 months ago, but officials say the state is trying to focus on what's best for kids in difficult situations.
State Officials Say They're Recruiting More Foster FamiliesChild welfare officials say they're recruiting more foster families than ever before.
New Rules Bring Focus To Gay, Transgender Youth In Foster CareAs the state Department of Children and Families considers a new rule governing group homes for foster kids, advocates are pushing to include provisions requiring better treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youths who live in such facilities.
Spike In Number Of Kids In State Foster CareThe number of Florida children in the state's foster-care system has reached its highest level since 2008 --- driven by both a spike in the number of kids being removed from their homes and a drop in the number being discharged after a stint in foster care.
Lawmakers Tweak Extended Foster Care LawLawmakers are working on changes to a two-year-old law that extended foster care in Florida from ages 18 to 21 and sought to give kids more time to prepare for independence.
Florida Licenses More Than 600 New Foster HomesFlorida’s child welfare officials have recruited hundreds of new foster homes.
Lawmakers Working On Fix To Extended Foster CareThe sponsor of Florida's 2013 law extending foster care to age 21 is working on a legislative fix to resolve confusion about which state agency is responsible for severely disabled young adults in the program.
DCF Works With Agency To Relieve Miami Foster-Care OverflowThe Florida Department of Children and Families is working with the agency that oversees child welfare in Miami to resolve issues that have included an overflow of kids in the area's foster-care system.
Juvenile Justice, Foster Care Issues Gain In 2014 SessionThe 2014 legislative session saw major gains for juvenile justice issues in Florida while also seeking to bolster the independence of foster children.
Former Foster Kids Gain Health Insurance Under ACANearly 10,000 teens and young adults who aged out of foster care in Florida are eligible for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.
Senate Bill Could Help Hand Car Keys To Kids In Foster Care A bill that would give teens and young adults in foster care greater access to driver's licenses unanimously passed its first Senate panel on Tuesday.
Five Years After Boy's Suicide, Findings Could ResurfaceThe suicide of 7-year-old Gabriel Myers in foster care shocked the child-welfare system in 2009. It led to a series of recommendations about Florida’s use of psychotropic medications on foster kids and how to protect already-traumatized children from sexual abuse by other abused children.
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