Department of Social Services could be putting safety of children at risk

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

Wednesday on 10 News at 6 Jenna Zibton will look into the safety of children at risk. The Department of Social Services is supposed to protect children, but a 10 News investigation discovered that’s not always happening. Thousands of children are being diverted from foster care, without the proper background checks.

“Right now, we’ve got about 4,900 kids in foster care. I would say, really out of home care that’s facilitated by social services, I would say it’s double that,” said one person we talked to for this story.

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.