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PHOTO: Microphone in hand, Royce Markley addressed policymakers at a luncheon last week. Members of the Oregon Foster Youth Connection shared their views about problems with the foster care system and outlined possible solutions. Photo credit: Nathaniel Schwab, Children First For Oregon

PORTLAND, Ore. - Copies of the new Oregon Bill of Rights for Foster Children are being sent to every foster home and group home this week, and given to foster children and the people who work with them. Now, the same team of kids who developed it is making new recommendations to policymakers. They ...Read More

PHOTO: Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander has been popping in at local libraries to read to children as part of the "Racing to Read" program, made possible through grants from his office. Photo courtesy of L. Swinford

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Thousands of Missouri children and their caregivers are kicking their reading skills into high gear this summer, with grants from the state to enrich early literacy programs at local libraries. Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander says the "Racing to Read" grants est ...Read More

PHOTO: Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan (D-Dist. 13) is among a handful of lawmakers taking a challenge to live on a federal minimum-wage budget of $77 this week. Photo courtesy Rep. Ryan's office.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Living on a wage of $7.25 an hour isn't easy, but it's what millions of Americans who make minimum wage face. Today, it has been five years since the federal minimum wage was last increased. U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio's 13th District is among those taking the "Live the Wage C ...Read More

GRAPHIC: The annual Kids Count data snapshot for Virginia shows improvements in education and health, but also rising poverty among the state's children. Credit: Annie E. Casey Foundation

RICHMOND, Va. - Big steps forward on education, teen safety and reductions in teen pregnancy - but also rising poverty - are reflected in the latest "Kids Count" data snapshot. According to the 25th annual Annie E. Casey Foundation Kids Count report, Virginia has moved up two spots in the overall n ...Read More

PHOTO: The financial picture for some Oregon families is as flimsy as paper, according to a new Annie E. Casey Foundation report. It says parents of about one-third of all children in the state lack secure employment. Photo credit: Nelosa / iStockphoto.com.

PORTLAND, Ore. - Oregon has made significant progress in the health and financial strength of families, but the state has some work to do in other categories. The highlight of new state-by-state findings in the 2014 Kids Count Data Book from the Annie E. Casey Foundation is Oregon's jump from 17th ...Read More

PHOTO: Nearly one-third of Iowa farmland is owned by people age 75 and older. A new play, "Map of My Kingdom," aims to spark discussion about transitioning the land and heritage to a new generation. Photo credit: Renee McGurk/Flickr

DES MOINES, Iowa - The historic transition of Iowa farmland to a new generation is one of the greatest challenges facing the state, and a theater production that premieres this weekend aims to spark discussion about it. The play, called "Map of My Kingdom," shares stories of how farmers and landown ...Read More

PHOTO: A young veteran consults with Suffolk County United Veterans Social Worker Roberta Sharpe. Photo courtesy Suffolk County United Veterans.

NEW YORK CITY - Long Island ranks second in the nation for places veterans call 'home.' A recent grant is helping area veterans deal with stress, before it leads to losing a home or family. Michael Stoltz, executive director of Suffolk County United Veterans, said summer is the most difficult time ...Read More

PHOTO: While the sandbox is traditionally a place for kids to play, organizers of The Sandbox Party hope adults in Michigan will use the website to make informed decisions at the polls. Photo credit: waterbridge/morguefile.com

LANSING, Mich. - Children and politics aren't usually things people put together. But one group wants to help Michigan voters make decisions at the polls that benefit the state's children. Matt Gillard, president and CEO of Michigan's Children, described 'The Sandbox Party' as a non-partisan effort ...Read More

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