A Growing Number of States Vow to Stop Seizing Benefits Owed to Foster Youth 

Child welfare agencies often intercept Social Security and other benefits owed to foster youth. In some states, that's starting to change.


New York’s Foster Care Providers Sue State over Reimbursement Rates

Group facilities for New York children and youth in foster care are fighting a rate change they say will "destabilize" their budgets.


Minnesota Considers Cash Support for 21-year-olds Leaving Foster Care 

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz (D) is proposing monthly payments for 21-year-olds leaving foster care under the Support Beyond 21 program.


Former Residents of New York Group Care Facilities Want to Know if Anyone Hears Their Cries 

Children’s advocates have published accounts of 80 young New Yorkers sent to foster care group facilities, hoping to prompt officials to act. 


Hurdles Keep Texas Youth Out of Extended Foster Care Designed to Help Them

An investigation by The Imprint found that Texas has scores of open beds for aged-out foster youth who are left to struggle on the streets. 


Biden Administration Proposes Easing Foster Care Licensing Barriers for Relatives

The government wants to give states the option to allow relatives caring for children to receive the same financial help as foster parents.


    Minnesota Family First Plan Gets Federal Approval

    Minnesota sought approval for just two of the dozens of programs for foster care prevention eligible for federal funds.


    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.


    What Can We Learn from Rhode Island’s New Data about Students Experiencing Foster Care?

    Rhode Island has joined a small list of states with data-sharing agreements to track and assess the unique needs of students in foster care.