Child neglect

A teenage girl with brown hair pulled back in one photo, and red hair down to her shoulders in a photo on the right.

States lose track of thousands of foster children each year

BY: - November 10, 2023

This story was originally published on Stateline. Sharday Hamilton, a 28-year-old advocate for foster youth, homeless youth and runaways, still bears her own scars from running. There’s one near her left knee. She got it as a little girl, running away from her foster mother, who was trying to hit her with a bag of […]

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Department of Youth Services Board makes change in hiring policies on neglect cases

BY: - April 4, 2023

The Department of Youth Services Board has approved a temporary change that would allow the agency to make discretionary hires when considering individuals who have faced child neglect findings in the past.  Child neglect involves failure to provide a child necessities. DYS, which oversees juvenile justice and service programs, screens for child abuse and child neglect […]