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Washington

Grieving the Loss of Housing and My Mother While Navigating College as a Foster Youth

5/15/2022

Grieving the Loss of Housing and My Mother While Navigating College as a Foster Youth

Walking in your truth will give you the motivation and determination to get your college degree, writes Esther Taylor.

Making My Dream of Attending College Possible

5/13/2022

Making my Dream of Attending College Possible

Now that I'm a grown-up who makes their own decisions, figuring out how to attend college is not easy at all, writes Sabrina Ortiz.

Kinship Care Prioritized Under New Washington State Law

4/26/2022

Kinship Care Prioritized Under New Washington State Law

Washington state will now prioritize keeping children with relatives when both parents lose custody, under a new law signed last month. 

2/22/2022

Washington Supreme Court: ‘Meaningful Preference’ for Kin Is Required

The Washington Supreme Court used a recent case involving a 6-year-old boy separated from his family to set new expectations in the state for prioritizing kinship care in the child welfare system.

A Teen Remains At Large After Five Flee a Washington Youth Prison

2/8/2022

A Teen Remains At Large After Five Flee a Washington Youth Prison

After five teenagers escaped from a youth detention facility in Washington, one is still at large and all have been charged with robbery and kidnapping.

Advocates Address ‘Sugar’ Dating, a New Way to Lure Young People into Sex Trafficking

1/25/2022

Building Strong Support Networks for Better Mental Health

Foster care and homelessness have played a huge part in my mental health struggles and how I choose to manage them, writes Nelly Braxton.

A Seattle Nonprofit Digs Deep into Unanswered Questions About Past Adoption Practices, and its Obligations to Families

12/14/2021

A Seattle Agency Digs Deep into Unanswered Questions About Past Adoption Practices, and its Obligations to Families

Through the Adoption Files Initiative, a Seattle nonprofit is combing through five decades of adoption files to make amends in cases where requests were dropped, or staff withheld information that should have been shared.

Washington State Allowed to Exit Foster Care Lawsuit Following Reforms

10/18/2021

Washington State Allowed to Exit Foster Care Lawsuit Following Reforms

Years after foster care children and their legal advocates sued the state of Washington over mental health services, a federal judge is satisfied that the state is committed to lasting changes.

Bill Would Help States Track Down Missing Foster Children

8/31/2021

Ready or Not, There They Go

In coming years, Washington's Department of Children, Youth, and Families will work to get transition-age youth ready to exit state systems.