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DCFS Criticized for Not Protecting LGBTQ Youth in Foster Care in Recent Report from Auditor General

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The State of Illinois’ Office of the Auditor General recently published a performance audit report detailing the Department of Children and Family Services’ (DCFS) care of LGBTQ youth. The children are in care because they have been abused and neglected. The report finds  LGBTQ youth in DCFS care are ostracized... View Article

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In Memory of a Foster Child that Died a Year Ago After a Chokehold, Michigan is to Ban the Use of Restraints on Children Living in Group Homes

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On April 29, 2020, 16-year-old Cornelius Fredrick  threw a sandwich at another child during lunch at Lakeside Academy, a Sequel Youth and Family Services facility for at risk children in Michigan. In response to the sandwich incident, seven adult male staff members held little Cornelius on the floor for more than 10... View Article

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Current Florida policy leaves hundreds of foster children without Medicaid coverage

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Until recently, the state of Florida has continued to abandon foster children who had already been abused and neglected, even after they left state care, by improperly removing 1,730 former foster children from Medicaid. Former foster children, under federal law, remain Medicaid eligible until age 26. However, a current Florida... View Article

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USA Today: A foster father was accused of sex abuse. Then he got a second chance.

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USA Today is publishing an ongoing investigative series about Florida’s child welfare system. In one of the latest pieces, the newspaper explores how serious allegations against foster parents often go unchecked in our state, and how DCF and contractors sometimes cut corners in screening and investigating potential foster parents. Read... View Article

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Tampa Bay Times: Siblings in foster care should be kept together, Florida says – except when it argues the opposite

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This article from the Tampa Bay Times discusses the many issues with inconsistency when it comes to crucial child placement decisions. Florida’s Children First’s Robin Rosenberg notes that the court doesn’t always get accurate information with which to make the best decision. Click here to read more.

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