CHILDREN + FAMILIES

Several bills aimed at addressing deficiencies in Virginia's foster care system highlighted in a report released in December, made their way easily through their first Senate committee Friday.The most far-reaching is the omnibus bill carried by Sen. Bryce Reeves, R-Spotsylvania, for which Sen. Janet Howell, D-Fairfax, is carrying the...
A proposal meant to help social workers in the field by giving them more information about a family's history died on a party-line vote in subcommittee on Tuesday.The bill, sponsored by Del. Wendy Gooditis, D-Loudoun, would have required the Department of Social Services to keep records of investigations that...
Virginia's foster care system is in dire straits. It is struggling to care for some of the state's most vulnerable children, whose basic health and safety needs sometimes go unmet by local departments. And the state, which has oversight of the whole system, has taken a hands-off approach to...
With the federal government shutdown casting a shadow of uncertainty over benefits in Virginia, the state's Department of Social Services announced this week that it will be doling out recipients' February food benefits on Thursday.The move comes after the United States Department of Agriculture issued guidance that participants in...
Denille Francis spends a lot of time waiting, but without much hope.She waits to see if her 10-year-old son, Quinn, will ever get the funding he needs from the state. Quinn has Down syndrome and a host of other health problems. His therapies and numerous medical interventions are rarely...
Virginia's foster care system is failing to meet the basic health and safety needs of the children under its care, according to state auditors, who released a scathing report Monday that found 98 cases in which basic safety protocols weren't met.In one, a child was placed in a home...