Foster Care, Former Foster Youth, and Oprhans in the News

The team at Covenant Community Services, Inc. has compiled informative articles from the news media regarding foster care, former foster youth and orphans. The news is gleaned from around the world and will help the community stay informed about current issues, best practices and ways to get involved.

General Foster Care News

Foster care population drops sharply in California

San Francisco Chronicle – Sacramento — California has seen drastic decreases in the number of children in foster care in the past decade, but child advocates say the …

Foster care repeats raise concerns at state level

Lincoln Journal Star – The state’s Foster Care Review Office noted a concern last fall in its quarterly report: Nearly 1,500 children in foster care at the time had been in …

For teens in foster care, adoption is a lifeline

Washington Post – “I’ll take anyone,” said Davion Only, a 15-year-old boy who had been in foster care his whole life, before a Florida congregation in October.

Santa Cruz County program helps young adults in foster care learn …

Santa Cruz Sentinel – Harbor High student Samantha Rogers, center, now lives at the home of Harbor High teacher Naomi White, right, who became the adult …

Former Foster Youth News

Program aims to help youths’ transition from foster care to college

Morning Sentinel – A new program at Good Will-Hinckley helps children raised in foster care, who are statistically more at risk for homelessness and lack family …

Nonprofit aims to help stabilize situation for former foster youth

Vallejo Times-Herald – Inspired by what she had learned, six years ago Grady launched a nonprofit emergency support program for former foster youth. And she did it …

Former Foster Youth Makes bid for City Council Seat Official

The Chronicle of Social Change – With a stroke of a pen on the required registration forms, Mao became the first former foster youth to run for City Council in the city’s history.

After turning 18, ex-foster kids adjusting to life in the real world

Vallejo Times-Herald – “It feels good to be … a successful (former) foster youth. That’s what I want to continue to be; to strive to do better for myself and strive every day …

Global Orphan News

US missionaries to fly out of South Sudan, orphans left at UN camp

NBCNews.com (blog) – An American family caring for 10 orphans in South Sudan were due to fly out of the country Friday night and leave the children they were …

SD Woman in Haiti: “Orphan Crisis” Remains after Quake

NBC 7 San Diego – However, “there is definitely is an orphan crisis in Haiti,” said Himsl, who… 10 million people in Haiti, as many as 300,000 of them are orphans.

Orphans, abuse and the world’s most vulnerable children: Recent …

Journalist’s Resource – Recent public attention has focused on changing international adoption policies and disputes, and the ongoing plight of AIDS orphans, but …

Orphans ‘exposed to gang violence’

Times LIVE – Orphaned children in need of care risk being “contaminated” by other children awaiting trial if they are moved to high-security “prison-like”, …

Child Abuse and Neglect

OK DHS Investigates Rise In Child Neglect, Abuse Cases

news9.com KWTV – Child abuse and neglect started to decline in 2006. But something happened in 2011 which caused the numbers to increase. And as the …

US child abuse, neglect down for sixth year

UPI.com – WASHINGTON, Dec. 23 (UPI) — The number of U.S. child abuse and neglect victims dropped for the sixth consecutive year in 2012, …

HHS report: Child abuse cases down, fatalities up

Christian Science Monitor – The number of US children victimized by abuse and neglect has dropped for the sixth straight year, but child fatalities linked to maltreatment …

About Covenant

Covenant Community Services, Inc. is a multi-faceted nonprofit serving abused and neglected children with hope and love. Covenant’s services include traditional foster care as a licensed Foster Family Agency in California, an Orphan Home in Tanzania, the Covenant Horse Program, three transitional housing programs (TAY youth, THP Plus and Building Blocks), a mentoring program and social enterprises Covenant Coffee and Covenant Catering.  For more information about Covenant and how to get involved in changing the life of a foster child or former foster youth please call 661-829-6999.  Also, go to our webapage at http://www.covenantcs.net for more details.