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Health and Human Services Misinterprets Foster Care Data

Let’s assume that there has been a real increase in parental substance abuse. The biggest flaw in HHS’ logic is the implicit assumption that the only way to respond to this is to throw the children into foster care.

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Man Still Fighting 40-year Sentence for Nonlethal Crime He Committed As 14-year-old

What was about to happen on Feb. 4, 1999, would drastically accelerate the trajectory of Christopher Thomas’ life, which had been spiraling downhill since birth, and end up with him getting sentenced to 40 years in prison as an unarmed tagalong in a nonlethal shooting. Seventeen years later, he is in prison still trying to understand how he got such a harsh sentence in a life that was never really his own.

Current and former foster youth representing more than 20 foster advocacy organizations are in Washington to lobby this week.

Foster Youth Bring Their Priorities to Capitol Hill

Foster youth sometimes get the chance to respond to lawmakers’ child welfare agendas.
Based on a survey of more than 500 current and former foster youth in more than 25 states, they’ll stress to policymakers the importance of policies that maintain sibling connections, prevent homelessness, ensure college access and success and help former foster youth live independently.