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Sunday, August 25, 2019   (0 Comments)
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US - A study titled, Supporting Older Youth Beyond Age 18: Examining Data and Trends in Extending Foster Care has found that foster youth, having significantly better outcomes if they remain in the extended foster care has found that foster youth, have significantly better outcomes if they remain in extended care beyond the age of 18. According to three national foster youth data sets, foster youth who remain in foster care are more likely to be employed, enrolled in school, and/or achieve housing stability. Funds provided under the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act has enabled nearly thirty states to extend their foster care programs. The report encourages states to improve racial/ethnic equity for all youth in the child welfare system; collect comprehensive high-quality data to better understand needs; and conduct targeted research.

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Chairman Harold Frazier is applauding the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court's decision to uphold the Indian Child Welfare Act. On August 9th, 2019 the Court of Appeals overturned a lawsuit filed by multiple states challenging the Child Welfare Act. He states that the affirmation of this act honors the Tribal Nations ancestors and the importance of children staying with their people to continue to share the life their forefathers shed to protect.

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson has filed a lawsuit against the three major opioid distributors for their part in the opioid crisis. Wilson filed a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma two years ago and since has been a part of a multistage investigation against opioid distributers. Due to South Carolina having had a highest average distribution rate as well as high overdose deaths increase in the past few years. Wilson has chosen to pursue these additional lawsuits. The lawsuit alleges failure to conduct oversight, no response to an internal investigation, and failure to report suspicious order, among many.

CALL FOR ACTION from Voice for Adoption - The latest Voice for Adoption advocacy updates can be found here.

Aderholt Amendment update from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation can be found here.