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

Washington housing foster care kids at state offices in record-breaking numbers

The number of times that state child-welfare workers housed foster children overnight in government offices has exploded, from six times in the last reporting period to 284. Meanwhile, the state hit a new record for combined hotel and office stays by foster kids, many of them with extreme behaviors.

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