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Social workers fleeing troubled foster care system

Tanya Copenhaver followed in her father’s and grandmother’s footsteps by becoming a social worker for Washington state’s Children’s Administration, a difficult but fulfilling calling she…

Foster parents abandoning troubled system

Over the course of four years, foster parent Veronica Moody of Kirkland took in babies and children with severe challenges, including drug exposure, extreme tantrums…

4 fixes for Washington’s foster-care crisis

This story is part of a series produced by InvestigateWest for KCTS 9 and Crosscut about the crisis facing Washington’s foster care system. Start reading here.…

Washington’s foster care system in crisis: A special report

Children entrusted to state care after they are abused or neglected by their parents are bouncing between hotels and other emergency housing, and even being…

Using tech to fight opioid addiction

This story has been updated to reflect the Senate's passage of the bill, sending it to Gov. Jay Inslee for final approval The well-dressed, middle-aged…

Birth control, women’s health issues at play in Olympia

Call it the year of the uterus. At least a dozen bills on a range of women’s reproductive health issues have been debated in Olympia…

New ‘purple card’ system would help people with dementia

Like many people caring for someone with dementia, Madeleine Fraley often found herself awkwardly trying to explain why her husband, Larry, couldn’t answer questions or…

Healthier flame retardants: Will Legislature finally protect kids, families?

A bipartisan group of lawmakers wants to ban flame retardants linked to cancer, learning disabilities and other health problems from being used in children’s products…