Foster care prayer vigil on Wednesday

May is National Foster Care Month and in honor of that, Lighthouse Christian Fellowship of Westfield will be hosting a Foster Care Prayer Vigil. The day is set for Wednesday, May 18 at 6:30 p.m. The church is located at 20 Washington St., Westfield. All are invited to attend. The purpose of the prayer vigil is to pray for the foster care workers, foster children, foster parents, and birth families of Chautauqua County.

Currently there is a large need for foster families in the county. Believing foster parenting to be a calling, prayers will be lifted up for people to accept that calling in order to meet the needs of the many children and families in Chautauqua County.

Foster parents push for new laws

Dan Bracken, a foster care advocate, with his two daughters. (FOX Carolina/ May 13, 2016)

Dan Bracken, a foster care advocate, with his two daughters. (FOX Carolina/ May 13, 2016)

Dan Bracken is teaching his children a lesson on history and the solar system.

“For our children they’ve seen a world they don’t necessarily get to see every day,” Bracken said.

His children are home-schooled and he’s a foster parent. “We have four children that are ours- and we’re fostering a 5th right now,” he said.

It’s a calling that has also turned him into an advocate. Right now, state laws won’t allow him to go on vacation with his foster child without a long approval process.

“This past fall we wanted to go apple picking as a family- just across the state line – we couldn’t,” Bracken said.

Utah is in desperate need of foster parents

Dan Webster, the Salt Lake valley representative for Utah Foster Care, talks to Fox 13

Dan Webster, the Salt Lake valley representative for Utah Foster Care, talks to Fox 13

Utah is in desperate need of foster parents and families. Dan Webster, the Salt Lake valley representative for Utah Foster Care, shared why now is the time to help. Recently Utah as a whole has seen a need for children, especially siblings, to be taken care of in foster care.

May is National Foster Care Month and a great time to sign up to serve as a foster parent. Utah Foster Care lays out all of the information for prospective parents in a pamphlet. They say common misconceptions for foster care is that you have to be married or own your home, neither are true.

Foster parents make a difference, one child at a time

Pundits and politicians spend many hours debating public policies that affect thousands of children in foster care in Nebraska and other states. Nebraska’s foster system has been open to criticism in the past.

There were 2,746 children in out-of-home foster care in Nebraska as of the first of May, about a third lower than three years ago as the agency works to return children to their biological families. Whether real long-term improvements have been achieved remains to proven.

“During National Foster Care Month in May, we especially thank the wonderful foster parents who open their hearts and homes to provide a temporary, safe place for children who are not able to remain with their parents,” said Courtney Phillips, CEO of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Young adults get furniture donations to help transition from foster care

Young adults who have been part of the foster care system received a special donation of furniture to help them begin their independent lives. (KABC)

Young adults who have been part of the foster care system received a special donation of furniture to help them begin their independent lives. (KABC)

LOS ANGELES (KABC) — Young adults who have been part of the foster care system received a special donation of furniture to help them begin their independent lives.

Tiare Hill, 20, and five other young adults received free furniture for their brand new apartments, thanks to Ashley Furniture HomeStore and the non-profit group Aspiranet.

These young adults are part of the foster care system. Many of them were never adopted, and now as young adults, they are having to move out on their own.

They each received a sofa, a coffee table, two end tables, a bed headboard and foot board, a mattress and a chest of drawers.

AL needs more foster parents for 5,000 children in foster care system

Patrick Lee was in the foster care system for 13 years. Source: WBRC video

Patrick Lee was in the foster care system for 13 years. Source: WBRC video

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) – Five thousand children are currently in the Alabama foster care system.

It’s a startling number to think about as we’re in the midst of national foster care month. It’s a number that doesn’t surprise 24-year-old Patrick Lee.

He spent 13 years in the foster care system, which included two foster families and three group homes.

“The toughest part was being in the group homes because, basically I was under the supervision of staff, you know there wasn’t any kind of parent situation going on. There wasn’t anybody to tell you hey, I love you, stay strong, I’m there for you when you need it. It wasn’t that kind of support,” Lee said.

A representative with the State Department of Human Resources said some children are in group homes because they may require special attention. The homes aren’t supposed to be a permanent situations.

Foster care and adoption improvements in Michigan

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“More can be done” says foster program manager

(WLNS) – May is National Foster Care and Adoption Awareness month, and Michigan has continued to make improvements to the systems here in the state to help the hundreds of children without a safe place to call home.

Martin Strachan is one 12 year old who Michigan has helped take from one dark situation and give him a brand new beginning.

“I felt safe here,” Martin said.

The system we have today hasn’t always been as smooth. In 2006 Michigan was put under federal oversight because of the state of the foster care and adoption system, but now 10 years later, it’s night and day difference.

“It’s been change, it seem like constantly and it’s always change for the better,” St. Vincent Foster Care Program manager Heather Akers said.

Lawsuit: State Gave Child Foster Care License to Known Abuser

In December, 2014, 6-year old Kendrea Johnson was found dead in that foster care mother's home.

In December, 2014, 6-year old Kendrea Johnson was found dead in that foster care mother’s home.

The Hennepin County Human Services Department allowed the placement of a foster care child into the home of a Brooklyn Park woman who had a record of substantiated child abuse, according to a lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis.

In December 2014, 6-year old Kendrea Johnson was found dead in that foster care mother’s home. The child was found hanging from a bunk bed in her bedroom.

5 EYEWITNESS NEWS reviewed the child’s welfare record cited in the lawsuit that shows that Hennepin County child protection authorities knew in December 2000 that the foster care mother, Tannise Nawaqavou, had a record of child abuse.

But because of a little-known state law, commonly known as “the look-back law,” Nawaqavou was granted a foster care license by DHS in October 2011 because a defined period of time had expired since her violation, thus allowing her to become eligible to take care of abused children. All foster care applicants must undergo a background check by the state prior to a decision being made on whether to grant a license.

Police Find Children Chained and Leashed Outside San Antonio Home, Make Even More Horrifying Discovery

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This undated handout photo provided by the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office shows Porucha Phillips. Phillips is the mother of the six children found in a home where two other young children were found chained and leashed. She is facing charges that include injury to a child by omission. (Bexar County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

DALLAS (AP) — Two young children found chained and leashed outside a San Antonio home had suffered hundreds of scars and injuries from months, perhaps years, of abuse, a sheriff’s official said Friday.

Doctors who treated the children after they were found April 29 determined they had old injuries indicating a long period of abuse. One of them also was suffering from hypothermia and had a broken arm resulting from the way she was tied to a garage door using a dog leash, Bexar County sheriff’s spokesman James Keith said.

Minivan with 10 kids pulled over, parents hospitalized

JEROME COUNTY – Ten kids are in Idaho custody after the Jerome County sheriff’s office says a minivan driven by their mom was pulled over Monday just east of Jerome.

The sheriff’s office said an anonymous complaint was received around 9:45 a.m. of a green minivan “full of kids” being driven recklessly northbound on U.S. 93.

Deputies stopped the minivan near milepost 4 on Idaho 25.

The sheriff’s office said deputies later determined that the female driver and her husband, who was a passenger, appeared to be under the influence of prescription medication and incoherent.