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May 25, 2004 America's foster-care system has produced heart-warming stories of finding loving homes for children whose parents at some time could not -- or would not -- care for them. Those stories, however, have been tempered by seemingly frequent stories of children abused by foster families and bounced from home to home. In the second day of our week-long look at the system charged with the oversight of 500,000 children on an average day, we focus specifically on the troubled agencies handling Florida's foster care, and those of the rapidly improving Illinois system. NPR's Tavis Smiley talks with two reporters that have looked into foster care in their states, Carol Marbin Miller of The Miami Herald and Cornelia Grumman, an editorial writer with The Chicago Tribune.
May 26, 2004 Hollywood screenwriter Antwone Fisher wrote a movie about it, and Young and the Restless star Victoria Rowell started a charity for it. In the third part of our week-long look at foster care in America, NPR's Tavis Smiley talks to both celebrities about the foster care system they grew up in and are now trying to change.
May 27, 2004 The U.S. Census Bureau says more than one in six adopted kids are of a different race than their parents. Statistics show that in the foster care system nationally, almost 60 percent of children are black or Latino. For years, there have been acrimonious debates over whether children of color should be placed only with parents who are of the same race. As our series on foster care continues, reporter Allison Keyes examines so-called "trans-racial" adoptions.
May 28, 2004 The U.S. government says there were 542,000 children in foster care as of September 2001 -- and most were children of color. For the final report in our week-long look at U.S. foster care, NPR's Allison Keyes looks at the process and examines the state of the U.S. child welfare system.
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