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Iowa Law to Test the Benefit of Early Legal Help in Child Welfare Cases

Iowa aims to find out if giving families in crisis early access to lawyers would improve outcomes, rather than being assigned a public defender only after a child is removed and enters the foster care system. 


I Lost Control of My Baby’s Adoption Because of the Indian Child Welfare Act. And I’m Glad It Happened.

When I was 22, I became pregnant after a one-night fling. I immediately knew I could not raise a child on my own. The father had left for basic training and, by the time I found out I was expecting, he was weeks into his new life.


Indian Country and Allies Say Goodbye to ‘Hero’ Frank LaMere

As his friend lay dying, Dennis Carlson sat beside his bed and listened to him one last time. The two men had climbed mountains together, fought for justice in dusty, forgotten places, and talked for hours over strong coffee and warm food.


Sending Them Home

War Eagle, a Yankton Sioux chief in the 1830s, was a friend to the white man. Specifically, to the fur trappers who traded with the Yankton Sioux, Santee Sioux, Winnebago and other Native people at the confluence of the Missouri and Big Sioux rivers just outside Sioux City, in the northwest corner of what is now Iowa.


Moving In-Home: A Provider Changes Course to Prevent Failed Adoptions

In 2015, Cheryl and Matthew Robben were at a loss for how to help their 9-year-old son they’d adopted from state foster care. But a lack of resources, and his out-of-control behaviors, had them looking for answers from anywhere.

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Home Visiting: MIECHV Delay Already Hurting State, Local Programs

Congress is set for yet another showdown on federal spending to avert a government shutdown this week. The last go-round shored up funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Another popular – albeit less politically visible – federal program has received less attention in the budget rounds: the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program, which pairs professionals with new and expecting young parents to help them with the transition into parenthood.

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    Q&A: Jerry Foxhoven, Iowa’s New Child Welfare Boss

    Jerry Foxhoven is no stranger to Iowa’s child welfare system. He spent the past few decades working to improve the legal protection of children and families in contact with the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS).


    States Should Forbid Homeschooling by Adoption Subsidy Recipients

    This is the second of two columns focusing on adoption subsidies. In the first column, I focused on the general need for more scrutiny on recipients of adoption subsidies. In this column I discuss the need to prevent abuse of adopted children who are removed from school.

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    Adoption Subsidies Could Become Hot Topic in Child Welfare

    A couple weeks ago, Youth Services Insider reported on a bill that had been introduced in the New York Senate that would make the state the first to seriously regulate the subsidies provided to adoptive families.