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Feature April 22
State foster care agencies have been taking benefits that belong to some of the most vulnerable kids. Here’s what to ask to see if it’s happened to you — and how to ask for your money back.
Feature April 22
The majority of states obtain money intended for foster children with disabilities or a deceased parent without telling them, The Marshall Project and NPR found.
Coronavirus April 14
During the pandemic, video chats replaced in-person visits between parents and their children placed in foster care. The effects could linger for years.
Coronavirus June 15, 2020
Amid speculation of a spike in abuse, advocates worry that families of color will be policed even more.
Coronavirus March 24, 2020
New placements, family visits and child-abuse investigations falter across the country.
Feature February 11, 2020
Every year, thousands of children are removed from their homes by officials who fear for their safety—only to be returned within days. It “felt like being kidnapped,” one said.
News September 25, 2019
An unwed father hopes his case will change the way courts decide what it means to be a parent.
Feature December 3, 2018
Being stripped of parental rights while in prison, even for minor crimes, is “the family separation crisis that no one knows about,” one advocate said.
The Frame March 13, 2017
A stint in juvenile detention excluded one from the financial support that automatically went to the other.
Feature December 16, 2015
An 18-year-old said she was attacked at knifepoint. Then she said she made it up. That’s where our story begins.