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Texas Lawmaker’s Proposal Aims to Regulate ‘Hidden Foster Care’

Illustration by Christine Ongjoco.
For a second time in the past year, Texas lawmakers are considering placing guardrails on a common but little-discussed social work practice known as “hidden foster care” that affects thousands of state residents a year.


Washington Tackles ‘Hidden Foster Care’

Washington state legislators are weighing a bill that would guarantee legal counsel for hundreds of parents ensnared in “hidden foster care” — informal placements arranged outside of court oversight.

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Lawsuit Alleges New York Created ‘Extremely Harmful’ Shadow Foster Care System

Three leading firms that represent children in New York City and Buffalo have filed a lawsuit seeking to halt "extrajudicial" host home programs from operating.

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Top Stories of 2021: Hidden Foster Care

Throughout 2021, The Imprint continued reporting on how the shadow system of hidden foster care impacts parents, relatives and children.

Philadelphia Starts Ombuds Office for Youth in Residential Facilities


Children’s Attorney Tapped to be California’s Next Foster Care Ombudsperson

California officials have named longtime dependency attorney Lawrence Fluharty as the state’s next foster care ombudsperson, a watchdog for the nation’s largest child welfare system.


Texas Lawmaker Commits to Restricting and Tracking Hidden Foster Care

A special session bill before the feuding Texas Legislature takes aim at a practice widely referred to as hidden foster care.


    Hidden Foster Care: All of The Responsibility, None of The Resources

    Outside of the traditional foster care system exists a shadow system of potentially hundreds of thousands of children removed by CPS to their relatives or family friends—without a court case, monetary support, or due process.


    Advocates Say Families Providing ‘Hidden Foster Care’ Deserve More Guidance

    Nevada is relying heavily on unsupported relatives to care for children its child welfare system do not believe are safe at home.


    Kentucky’s Budget Shrunk. These Informal Foster Parents Were Left with Nothing.

    Natasha King, 46, and her two grandchildren. Photo: J. Tyler Franklin/WFPL
    Natasha King thought it would be temporary, just a few months.  When the state called in 2013 and asked if she could parent her two grandchildren, she didn’t hesitate to take in the kids she loved more than anything in the world.