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October-December 2004
Vol. XXV No.4


Most States Fail to Meet the Mental Health Needs of Foster Children

January 1, 2005
By Jennifer Huber and Bill Grimm As a society we have failed to meet the health needs of many of the children in out-of-home care. Most of these children have been medically neglected or abused before placement and suffer from a higher than average incidence…

California Moves to Improve Group Home Schools

January 1, 2005
by Sara Woodward The California Legislature passed two new laws in the recently concluded session—Assembly Bill 1858 and Senate Bill 1108—which seek to improve the quality of schools serving group home youth. The bills, which recently went into effect, raise standards and improve oversight of…

Advocates Seek Improvements in Education for Foster Youth

January 1, 2005
By Sara Woodward Foster youth face a daunting array of obstacles in their education. Many school districts and child welfare agencies fail to assume responsibility for monitoring and supporting the education of foster youth. For example, social service agencies frequently change the placements of foster…