Pandemic upends usual procedures in adoptions and foster care

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced departments of social services and foster care programs across the nation to adapt. But for many children and youth, who rely on stability, there is still a lot of disruption, experts say.

A look at a family’s journey of adopting amid a pandemic

Before the pandemic, the process of adopting a child took six to nine months. But now, it may take up to a year, according to Stephanie King, program manager for the Kennedy Krieger Institute’s therapeutic foster program in Baltimore.

Maryland shelter assists with aftermath resulting from Hurricane Matthew

Anne Arundel County’s SCPA is working to make more room for Hurricane Matthew rescue dogs. The shelter had already taken in seven hurricane rescues from South Carolina, but now regions of the state with unexpected flooding are turning to Maryland for help.

Welcome to Washington’s “Catfe”

How about some whiskers with that latte? We know just the place in Washington.

Foster Care Funding Bill Draws Dispute Between Veteran, Freshman Senators

A roundup of bills discussed in Annapolis on Wednesday.

Advocates Call for Bill to Revoke Parental Rights of Men Accused of Conceiving Child Through Rape

Rape Survivor Family Protection Act Has Failed in the Past Despite Broad Support

State Marriage Law Patchwork Puts Maryland Same-Sex Couples at Risk

The recognition of same-sex marriage in Maryland sheds light on the checkerboard of marriage laws across the nation, which poses a threat to the legal parentage for married couples that leave their state lines.

Local Animal Rescue Shelters Play Cupid, Pair Homeless Pups With Human Companions

More than 20 different rescue groups and shelters from across the Mid-Atlantic region went looking for love last Saturday, attending the fifth annual, “Camp Bow Wow Cupids and Canine’s Adopt-a-thon” to match needy pets with potential owners.

Horse Rescue Farm Struggles with Space During Economic Recession

Day’s End Rescue Horse Farm takes in neglected and abused horses for rehabilitation and training. However the poor economy has decreased the number of horses they’re able to adopt out, leaving them struggling for adequate space to house about 70 horses.