Foster Care

READ: How Texas Contributed to Rise in Pregnant Girls in Foster Care System

One teen mother: “All my friends that I was in placements with—every single one—either has a kid or is pregnant right now.”

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Judge Rules Indian Child Welfare Act Unconstitutional

When the law was passed in 1978, about a third of Native children were being forced into foster care and adoption.

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Lesbian Couple Sues Government After Being Denied Right to Foster Refugee Children

The couple linked with Lambda Legal to file the suit after the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops said they can’t welcome a child into their home because they don’t “mirror the Holy Family.”

Deported Father's Case Ends As Congress Debates Immigration Changes

Felipe Montes, who lost his three U.S.-citizens sons when he was deported to Mexico in December 2010 will regain custody of his children.

A Deported Father Wins a Long, Painful Fight to Keep His Kids

Felipe Montes’s story drew national attention and rare federal intervention not because it is unique, but because it is increasingly common.

Felipe Montes Enters Final Day Of Testimony In Fight For His Kids

One deported man’s struggle to regain parental custody of his children enters its final stage.

Deported Father Granted More Time To Fight For His Kids

Felipe Montes has been granted an extension to his humanitarian parole.

Deported Dad Granted Visits With His Children, But Not His Parental Rights

Felipe Montes is still fighting to save his family.

Calif. Gov Protects Some Immigrant Families, Leaves Others Out in the Cold

The bills, inspired in part by Colorlines.com’s Shattered Families investigation, take steps to stop U.S. citizen children from getting stuck in foster care if their parents are detained and deported.

Jennifer Lopez to Produce Show on Non-Traditional Families

ABC Family said Thursday they’ve ordered a comedy-drama pilot, titled “The Fosters,” about two women raising a “21st century,” multi-ethnic mix of foster and biological kids.

House Bill Would Keep Kids of Deported Parents With Families

The “Help Separated Families Act of 2012” intends to keep children of detained or deported parents united with their families.

California Pols Move to Keep Immigrant Families Unified During Deportation

In reaction to Colorlines.com’s investigation, a state Assembly bill seeks to strengthen parents’ rights to stay in contact with children and child welfare case workers while detained.

California Senate Moves To Protect Immigrant Families in Deportation

Nearly a quarter of the U.S. citizen children that Colorlines.com found stuck in foster care as parents moved through detention and deportation are in California. The state Senate is moving forward with a bill that would keep their families together.