foster care

Wednesday's Child: Aliana

SPOKANE, Wash. -- On this week's Wednesday's Child, we're featuring Aliana, a 13-year-old who loves to shop. It was Aliana's first time at Teen & Kid Closet, and she found all kinds of…

Wednesday's Child: Diamond

There is a saying, "Be like a diamond: precious and rare, not like a stone that is found everywhere." We met Diamond at Triple Play in Hayden. She was ready to jump right…

How to be the hero a foster child needs

When it comes to foster care, there is a child behind every statistic yearning for a loving home. The national foster care system served 690,548 kids in 2017, the most recent year reflected in the latest US Department of Health and Human Services report. That's a figure greater than the population of Washington, D.C., and it's been growing steadily.

More kids entering foster care due to parents' drug use, study says

As the opioid crisis swept across the United States, the number of kids entering the foster care system rose. From 2000 to 2017, there was a 147% increase in foster care entries due to parents' drug use, according to a study published Monday in the medical journal JAMA Pediatrics.