Missouri House Votes to Boost Support for Children, Youth by $76 Million

Unless the Missouri state Senate balks, families that adopt children, foster them or care for relatives’ children will have more money from the state, come July 1, to help make ends meet.

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Missouri Governor Seeks Millions to Keep Teens Out of Adult System

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson
Missouri Gov. Mike Parson (R) is asking lawmakers for $18 million in next year’s budget to keep most 17-year-olds out of adult jails. Lawmakers approved a bill making that a policy in 2018, and the law technically went into effect on Jan.


Missouri House Moves Deductions, Credits for Foster and Adoptive Parents

State Rep. Hannah Kelly (R). Photo: Facebook
The Missouri House of Representatives unanimously passed two bills on Jan. 27 that would increase financial support for foster and adoptive parents. Now, they await approval by the Senate.


I Don’t Know When I’ll Be Ready to Completely Unpack Again

At the start of the 2019 school year, I set out on a mission. I was going to get back into a four-year university and start my life again. My first year of college in 2018 was full of bad relationships, depression and several address changes.


Nonprofit Launched to Replicate Missouri Family-Finding Program

Child welfare is personal for Ian Forber-Pratt, who was adopted from India and brought to the United States as an infant with his sister. With a master’s degree in social work, he’s spent his life crisscrossing the globe to create better outcomes for children, even helping pass legislation that built a national foster care program in India.


Potential ‘Landmark’ Settlement Reached on Use of Psychotropic Drugs in Foster Care

Missouri has reached a settlement in a class-action lawsuit that litigants hope will set some precedent on a once-hot-button subject in child welfare: the use of psychotropic medication to treat youth in foster care.

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How a New Youth Correctional Leadership Group is Helping Milwaukee Close Youth Prisons

After three years on the job, the Milwaukee County official who oversees juvenile justice finds his system at a crossroads. The Wisconsin state legislature passed a bill last March closing two youth prisons after a criminal probe and multiple lawsuits alleged abuse and neglect of youth, alarming lawmakers.


Missouri Nonprofit Gives Youth in Need a Reason to Smile

They call it “the neglected epidemic.” An estimated 49 million Americans, especially in rural areas and the West, live in areas facing a shortage of dentists. Worse, many insurance plans don’t include dental benefits, and those that do often only cover the most severe issues.


Judge OKs Class Action on Overuse of Psych Meds on Missouri Foster Youths

A federal judge has granted class-action status to a lawsuit regarding alleged overuse of psychotropic medication by Missouri’s child welfare agency. United States District Judge Nanette Laughrey announced in a decision dated July 19 that the plaintiffs in the case will include “all children in … foster care custody who presently are, or will be, prescribed or administered one or more psychotropic medications while in state care.”