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NC extends age of children allowed in foster care system to 21

The state of North Carolina has decided to expand the foster care system to provide aid for young adults as they transition into adulthood. Under the new law, people over the age of 18 can now be in the system until their 21st birthday. After leaving foster care but realizing they are unable to make […]

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Foster Homes: A Short-Term Placement for Children

There are a few details which need to be clear when it comes to the foster care system, especially in North Carolina. Foster care has always been about providing temporary care and living quarters for children who may have been victims of abuse or neglect, or children who may have lost the people they depend […]

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North Carolina’s Guardian Ad Litem program seeks volunteers

The organizers of the Guardian Ad Litem program in North Carolina are reaching out to local families to recruit volunteers to visit and advocate for children who are removed from abusive households, mtairynews.com reports. Kate Appler, the program’s district administrator for the Surry and Stokes counties, says that volunteers generally donate 3-6 hours of their […]

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First increase in foster care children in seven years

According to records from the Department of Health and Human Services, the number of children in the United States residing in foster homes increased slightly in 2013 after a seven-year decline, The Associated Press reported on September 29. According to HHS’s annual report, there are 403,378 children in the U.S. foster care system–higher than 2012’s 397,000. […]

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Couple incites online anger after post advertising for adoption

Jackson County residents Coy and Shelbi Gunther posted a Facebook status asking the public if there were any unwanted babies they could adopt, the Sylva Herald reported on July 29. This resulted in a backlash for the couple, as people commented with insults and outrage. The post offended the public, who generally thought the couple should have pursued adoption […]

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Custody dispute ends, great-uncle adopts toddler

A custody battle involving the foster parents and extended biological relatives of a 2 1/2-year-old girl has ended, and her great-uncle will adopt her, The Wichita Eagle reported on July 13. Sedgwick County juvenile court Judge Robb Rumsey ruled in January that the toddler could not live with her great-grandmother in South Carolina as an adopted […]

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