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

Amid COVID-19, ex-foster youth struggle – will WA match other states’ rescue plans?

Young adults in the foster care system, who are disproportionately people of color, were already at risk for a litany of serious problems even before the coronavirus pandemic hit. Now, as many struggle to pay for rent and groceries, advocates are calling for Washington state to stop kicking young people out of Extended Foster Care when they turn 21. In response, the state says it is working on a new housing stability program. In the meantime, some young adults are seeking help from charitable groups.

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