Because it’s uncommon for older teenagers in foster care to be adopted, many are emancipated at age 18 or 21 without ever finding a permanent home. In the last state fiscal year, 235 young people “aged out” of the Arkansas system. Too old to be a ward of the state but unprepared to be cast out on their own, they entered adult life highly disadvantaged.
Foster kids may go months without caseworker visit, the DCFS tells legislative panel.
The CALL operates in 44 counties with plans for expansion.
Lawsuit says DHS staffers knew about abuse, did nothing.
U.S. judge says case was ‘extreme failure’ of Arkansas child welfare system.