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  • Protect the Children

    Despite the risks and demands of the job, Children's Protective Services. CPS caseworkers are paid so little that only a few last more than a couple of years. In Texas, CPS workers have twice as many cases as the national average (12). Feldman shows what an average day is like for two caseworkers in the Houston area.
  • Throwaway Kids

    A four-part series by the Sun-Sentinel investigating "the treatment of children in privately run psychiatric centers in Florida... revealed deplorable conditions in many of the facilities... The series found that these centers had become dumping grounds for foster children and kids no one else wanted. State officials admitted that at least one-quarter of the children did not belong there.... All of this came at an enormous price to taxpayers, who were paying for the treatment at a cost of up to $300 a day per child."
  • King County's Foster Care Crisis

    The Seattle Post-Intelligencer investigates King County's "critical shortage" of foster homes and "its impact on foster children." The investigation found that the county has seen an almost "30 percent drop in the number of foster homes over the last five years.... As needs grow and the number of available homes drops sharply, the state's stopgap measures leave abused children at risk of being abused all over again."
  • One on one

    Providing a safe haven has long been the mission of the foster-care system. Now, though, a small but growing number of jurisdictions are counting education among foster children's basic needs. Education Week examines this growing trend.
  • Medicating foster care

    A Post-Intelligencer series reveals a Dickensian system that exposed foster children in Washington state to mood-altering medicines as the solution to erratic behavior. Litlle other care was provided and no guidelines protected the children from harmful side effects.
  • (Untitled)

    After extensive investigation into the abuse and neglect deaths of several Alabama children, The Birmingham News showed the state knew the children were in danger before their deaths. Coverage of the deaths led to tips that the state social workers had had previous contact with the families of several of the young victims. After finds that the tips were in fact true, The News conducted an investigation into how the Alabama Department of Human Resources, the agency entrusted with the safety of the state's children is failing. (January - December, 19996)
  • (Untitled)

    Times-Leader investigates why Luzerne County, Pa., has a higher rate of children in foster care than other similar counties. The series looks at the impact the foster care system has on foster children and anaylizes why children are often left in foster care for long periods. (Aug. 13 - 15, 1995)
  • (Untitled)

    The Times Leader investigation examined why Luzerne County has a higher rate of children in foster care than other counties of similar size and demographics in Pennsylvania. The series found that while it has been commonly believed that foster children are returned to abusive parents too often, the opposite is true: children linger in foster care for months, sometimes years before the courts reach a decision. (Aug. 13, 14 and 15, 1995)
  • New Pathways

    The story is about a state funded program for former foster children, now ages 18 - 21, who get a free apartment and ninety dollars spending money a week to help them transition into independence while still able to take classes or training. The investigation revealed that some participants of the New Pathways program were getting arrested for crimes like assault with weapons, theft, sexual assault, etc. (June 27, 1995)