10 News investigates several aspects of Virginia foster care system

Foster Care: Kids in Crisis is a 10 News investigation looking into several aspects of the Virginia foster care system.

ROANOKE, Va. – Foster Care: Kids in Crisis is a 10 News investigation looking into several aspects of the Virginia foster care system.

Thursday on 10 News at 6 p.m. Jenna Zibton is looking into a crisis we’ve never seen in Virginia. Foster children sleeping in offices and hotel rooms because there’s no other option. In a 10 News investigation, we’re working for you to find out why it’s happening and what can be done to solve the issue.

“It’s really stressful for everyone. Because if you’re a child, and you’re having to sleep at the Department of Social Services, then you know that we don’t have anywhere else for you to go. So when a child looks at you and says ‘Have you found anybody who will take me yet?’ That’s devastating,” said one local Department of Social Services director.

Jenna Zibton has been reporting on foster care and adoption challenges and successes in Virginia for more than five years. 30 Days of Hope highlights the need every November. You can see those stories here.


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You can see Jenna weekday mornings at the anchor desk on WSLS 10 Today from 5-7 a.m.