Looking at the Issues: Foster Care

Karly and Robbie Leib of Sammamish have five children, two of whom they adopted out of foster care. She has become a vocal advocate for foster parents and children.
Karly and Robbie Leib of Sammamish have five children, two of whom they adopted out of foster care. She has become a vocal advocate for foster parents and children.

UPCOMING COVERAGE

Children in foster care number among the most vulnerable members of our society, coming from homes where they were abused and neglected. As adults they land in jail or prison, hospital emergency rooms and the welfare and food stamp rolls at high rates. InvestigateWest has probed Washington’s child-welfare system since 2013 and played a key role in spurring the Legislature to create a new Department of Children, Youth and Families. Our coverage continues as we watchdog the performance of that agency.

AWARDS AND PREVIOUS COVERAGE

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Allegra Abramo and Susanna Ray won runner-up for their months-long investigation into Washington’s foster-care system.

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Allegra Abramo and Susanna Ray won first place for their piercing expose’ that laid bare the turmoil in Washington’s child-welfare system.

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Allegra Abramo won first place for social issues reporting for  “The $600 a night foster care bed.”

Foster Care

WA foster kids sent to out-of-state group homes with checkered records

After a report by a government-appointed watchdog group found Washington foster kids sent to a group home in Iowa were mistreated, InvestigateWest documents how dozens of other Washington foster kids remain at group homes in South Carolina, Wyoming and Michigan that also appear to have mistreated children, according to reports from oversight agencies in other states.

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