The Informer: Newsletter from the NFPA

The Informer: Newsletter from the NFPA

Editor’s note: Welcome to The Informer powered by the National Foster Parent Association, a weekly newsletter with news from the NFPA and the best articles from the web about foster care, adoption, and kinship care.  Saturday, Sep. 12, 2020. Read it online or subscribe by email at

Foster Kids in W.Va. Are Returning to School Amid COVID Risks. Their Often-Vulnerable Caregivers Don’t Get to Choose How.

Peggy Elkins’ grandkids may be returning to school this week, but life won’t be back to normal. Elkins, 62, plans to have them take off their clothes and shoes at the door and have hand sanitizer waiting…
from 100 Days in Appalachia

Pandemic Makes Reunification Harder For Parents Of Kids In Foster Care

Lionel scooped up his daughter, Imari, and planted a kiss on the 1-year-old’s chubby cheek, then carried her to the car that would take the baby and her brothers away from him and back to their foster…
from WOSU News

Refurbished Franklinton Motels Begin Welcoming Youth Leaving Foster Care

Residents have started moving into a new apartment complex for youth that have aged out of the foster care system, or are homeless. Two motels in Franklinton are in the process of being transformed …
from WOSU News

Editorial: Kids dying in Texas foster care system

Texas continues to fail at one of its most basic duties: to protect vulnerable children in state care. U.S. District Judge Janis Jack of Corpus Christi said she will hold Texas health and human services…

From Foster Care to Billionaire: 6 Lessons On Building Success from John Paul DeJoria (
Challenging life experiences have helped to form some of the most influential and successful people the world has ever seen. John Paul DeJoria is no exception to this – the self-made, billionaire ent…

McCoy: 2020 General Assembly bills focused on improving child welfare (
There are just under 10,000 children in foster care here in Kentucky, a truly staggering number that continues to rise year after year. As I consistently say, our number one …

Bready Bear fundraiser gives back to Pitt County foster care (
You can get a specially-made loaf of bread while giving back to local children. Great Harvest Bread Co. in Greenville is selling “bready bears,” which is a loaf of bread sha…

Foster kids struggling during the pandemic are getting much needed support from a CNN Hero (
For many children in foster care in the United States — there are more than 400,000 — life is often difficult enough. During a pandemic, it only gets more challenging. Some don’t have access to tec…

Foster children prescribed psychiatric drugs without safeguards, U.S. says (
Thousands of foster children may be getting powerful psychiatric drugs prescribed to them without basic safeguards, says a federal watchdog agency that found a failure to care for youngsters whose li…

New “Safe Baby Court” program coming to Columbia (ABC Columbia)
A new program aiming to help young parents who have been charged with abuse and neglect is coming to Richland County. The “Safe Baby Court” program looks to have these parents …

Diverse foster families needed in Wyoming (
Foster care placements in Sheridan County have decreased over the last five years, but the Wyoming Department of Family Services still seeks diverse families to join the foster care progra…

TRIO programs help students succeed, graduate (
Colin Carlson counts the many ways the TRIO Student Support Services program helped him as a first-generation student at University of Wisconsin-Stout. “It helped me be successful my first year,” sai…

LA girl goes from foster care to fashion model (
Home sweet home for a young woman once in foster care. Cheyenne Roan-Santini transitioned into her own apartment but all the decor and furnishings were donated by the non-profit, A Sens…

‘Oh, are you babysitting?’ ‘They’re mine.’ I’m a 30-year-old single black woman with 3 white kids. Love has no color in my home.’: Woman adopts 1 boy, 2 siblings from foster care, ‘love is love, no matter the color’ (
“A little history about me: I am the youngest of 11 children. My mom passed away when I was 6 years old. I’ve never really had anyone to show me how to be a mom, but I guess it just came natural to m…

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