Children
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No time to be distant

Family | When single moms faced a pandemic crisis that might send their children to state care, Christian families stepped up to help—but two states have blocked the nonprofits that enable such work
by Emily Belz
Posted 6/11/20, 03:06 pm

Imagine you’re a parent who suddenly needs hospitalization for COVID-19, but you have no one to care for your child.

Last month a hospital in Maine admitted a mother, fairly new to the United States, who became seriously ill with COVID-19. She had nowhere to send her two teenage children, who also had contracted the virus and were alone at their apartment. (WORLD agreed to withhold their personal details for privacy reasons.) The hospital had called the local Child Protective Services (CPS) about the children, which is what hospitals must do in such cases.

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5-year-old pays student lunch debts

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 12/18/19, 12:11 pm

Katelynn Hardee, 5, warmed bellies and hearts by selling hot cocoa and cookies to help her friends at school. After baking for hours, she raised $80 that went toward paying off the lunch debts of 123 classmates in Vista, Calif.

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Trauma in the system

Effective Compassion | Judge fines the state of Texas for not improving its foster care program
by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 11/13/19, 05:45 pm

A federal judge in Texas slapped a $50,000-a-day fine on the state for failing to protect children in foster care. A lawsuit claims the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) suffers from overburdened caseworkers and lack of oversight, resulting in children who leave the system and go into homelessness, poverty, and worse.

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