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An investigative series exposes the gaps in Georgia's mental health care system that cause thousands of children to be surrendered to state custody.
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Trey bounced around from family to foster care and even a group home. Now, one program has turned his life around. Here's why it's not widely available.
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Troubled data system, loose compliance with standards, local autonomy, training and pay disparities, and resource imbalances add up to wide variation in child protection policies and outcomes across North Carolina.
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Rates at which local departments of social services remove children from families point to inequity and inconsistency, with extremes of very high and low levels.
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The latest in a series investigating the challenges and systemic gaps that cause parents to abandon their children to state custody in Georgia.
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California will spend more than $8 million to find safer homes for children returning from troubled out-of-state residential programs, in response to a recent investigation into rampant reports of abuse at the facilities.
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— The evidence is unclear; some see the pandemic as a chance to revamp systems toward prevention
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County officials across California are scrambling to find new homes for more than 100 children with mental health and behavioral issues, following the state’s landmark decision to stop shipping these young people to faraway facilities.
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Child welfare cases are at a 14-year high months after Los Angeles County’s Dependency Court reopened in June. Families and attorneys are struggling in virtual courtrooms.
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The transition to virtual services upends parents hoping to get kids back from protective services.

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