13 Aug
2020

Making family a priority for Iowa’s foster kids

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – On any given day in Iowa, about 6,000 children are in foster care, but the number placed with families instead of in group or institutional settings is on the rise.A new report looks at data from the child-welfare system over a 10-year period to see how placements for young people in foster care have changed. The report says nationwide, care systems placed 86% of foster children in families in 2017, compared with 81% in 2007.Ann Discher, executive director for the Child and Family Policy Center, says the rate in Iowa was even better, with 88% placed in 2017, up 10 percentage points from 10 years earlier – but the picture isn’t as bright for older kids.“For teenagers, progress has actually been a lot slower, moving kids out of group settings and into family settings,” says Discher. “And that’s really a big deal, because actually, older children are far more likely to be placed in group or institutional settings than younger children.”The report was released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation as part of its KIDS COUNT project.Rob Geen, director of policy and advocacy reform with the Casey Foundation, says persistent racial disparities also showed up in the data, and states need to address them.“While I’m talking about a 10-year trend to show a fairly significant increase in placing kids in families, we’re seeing much greater gains for white children than we are for African-American Children,” says Geen. “So, there’s more that we can do for African-American children that we need to work on.”Discher says the research shows that any child removed from a home by the state does better when they’re placed in a family setting than in a group or institutional setting.“Kids who are with families, they tend to do better in school, they are much less likely to have an early pregnancy, they are much less likely to run away,” says Discher. “They’re far more likely to stay in school and graduate from high school or get a GED.”She’s also pleased about a new federal law, the Family First Prevention Services Act, signed into law last year. She says it shifts funding away from group placement and requires that the child-welfare system find families more quickly for teens and young people of color.last_img read more

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3 Aug
2020

Countdown is on for MS Bike Challengers — still time to register

first_img“The difficulty and length, combined with the epic scenery of the West Kootenays really sets this event apart from other MS Bike rides,” said Jillian Earl, event coordinator. “It’s not hard to see why many would travel to participate.”Riders are supported throughout the weekend with several rest stops and support vehicles along the route. A dinner is also hosted on Saturday evening, celebrating their hard work.Earl is still encouraging those interested in riding to register. She is hoping to have 25 more join by the event weekend.“The countdown is on, but there’s still time to register,” said Earl.Those interested in riding in the MS Bike – West Kootenay Challenge can learn more, and register at www.westkootenayglacierchallenge.ca. In less than two weeks, participants of the MS Bike West Kootenay Challenge will take on 222km of road (and hills) around the Kokanee Glacier, and all for a good cause.Over August 19th and 20th, cyclists will travel from New Denver to Nelson, and back to Nelson via Kaslo raising funds to support the MS Society of Canada. So far, participants have raised over $40,000 towards the event’s goal of $115,000. These funds will support the programs and services offered by the MS Society, as well as research into treatments and a cure for the disease that affects approximately 100,000 Canadians.Of this year’s 75 registered participants, nearly half are taking on the ride for the first time. Many are from the West Kootenays, but some will travel from other parts of the province, and one participant will come as far as Manitoba.last_img read more

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2 Aug
2020

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY, FEB. 26, 2017

first_imgJ. Keith Desormeaux3473521%44%$446,760 Vladimir Cerin3487624%62%$283,719 ARROGATE WORKS MONDAY, POSSIBLE FOR BIG ‘CAPSENSITIVELY RETURNS IN THE GRADE III LAS FLORESKOBE‘S BACK DRILLS WITH GARY STEVENS ABOARD Philip D’Amato631371121%49%$815,980 Norberto Arroyo, Jr.78127715%33%$617,100 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Jerry Hollendorfer9418111819%50%$1,335,468 Tyler Baze17130362018%50%$1,446,796 Santiago Gonzalez9410131211%37%$481,242 ARROGATE, MIDNIGHT STORM WORK TOMORROW“The big horse works tomorrow.”So spoke Bob Baffert at Clockers’ Corner on an intermittently rainy Sunday morning, referring to Breeders’ Cup Classic and Pegasus World Cup winner Arrogate, who is scheduled to work at 7:45 a.m. under jockey Martin Garcia, after which a decision could be forthcoming on whether the Eclipse Award champion three-year-old male of 2016 will run in the Santa Anita Handicap on March 11, or go elsewhere.With the spate of recent rain altering training schedules, Baffert deems it crucial to get the work for Arrogate in tomorrow to maintain a regimen that will keep the son of Unbridled’s Song race ready no matter where he surfaces next.Also scheduled to work Monday for the Grade I, $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap at a mile and a quarter is Midnight Storm for Phil D’Amato, who has been firm on the Big ‘Cap since  the versatile speedster won the Grade II San Pasqual Stakes on Jan. 1.“I’m very happy with him,” D’Amato said of the six-year-old full horse by Pioneerof the Nile out of the Bertrando dam My Tina, and a graded stakes winner on dirt and turf. “We’re looking forward to running in the Big ‘Cap.” Luis Contreras8910102311%48%$487,537 (Current Through Saturday, Feb. 25) Joseph Talamo1081681715%38%$515,903 Flavien Prat16238252823%56%$2,495,094 Peter Miller782120727%62%$1,144,515 Mark Glatt54911717%50%$400,570 Mike Smith38133934%66%$1,252,159 Rafael Bejarano9918151718%51%$983,493center_img SENSITIVELY ‘FRESH’ FOR LAS FLORES STAKESSensitively is scheduled to make her first start in nearly seven months in next Sunday’s Grade III Las Flores Stakes for fillies and mares, four and up, at six furlongs.“She’s training good and she runs well fresh,” trainer Phil D’Amato said of the five-year-old Street Sense mare that last raced on Aug. 17, 2016, but has won twice after layoffs, once after five months and another after seven weeks.“Tyler (Baze) has been breezing her and we’re a go.”Sensitively has won four of nine career starts but seeks her first stakes win in the Las Flores, which offers $100,000 in purse money. The bay mare is a horse for course, however, having won four of six starts at Santa Anita, with one second.Others likely for the Los Flores include Constellation, Flavien Prat; Fantastic Style, Rafael Bejarano; and Watch This Cat, Corey Nakatani. Bob Baffert4496720%50%$886,151 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS TrainerMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Doug O’Neill10711221910%49%$1,026,751 Kent Desormeaux10121121021%43%$1,268,091 Richard Baltas9116161418%51%$854,717 KOBE‘S BACK BREEZES FOR TRIPLE BEND UNDER STEVENSKobe’s Back, who last raced June 25, 2016, finishing third in the Grade I Triple Bend Stakes, worked six furlongs on Santa Anita’s “good” main track at 11:45 a.m. before Sunday’s first race at 12:30 p.m. for this year’s Triple Bend for four-year-olds and up at seven furlongs on March 11.Under regular rider Gary Stevens, Kobe’s Back was clocked in 1:13.13, with fractional times of 23.74, 35.71, 47.94 and 1:00.30.A six-year-old Kentucky-bred son of Flatter trained by Peter Eurton for the C R K Stable, millionaire Kobe’s Back has a 5-3-4 record from 20 starts with earnings of $1,036,250.Also working before the first race were a trio for Bob Baffert, three-year-old American Anthem, in company with Downtowner, and Grade II Matron winner Pretty N Cool, who is nominated to next Sunday’s Las Flores Stakes.American Anthem, runner-up to Gormley in the Sham Stakes, was ridden by Martin Garcia and timed in 59.40 for five furlongs. The fractional times were 23.68, 46.76 and 58.98, with a six furlong gallop out of 1:11.51. Downtowner received a final time of 59.40.Pretty N Cool went six furlongs under Garcia in 1:11.03, getting splits of 23.82, 46.82 and 59.03, with a seven furlong gallop out of 1:24.17. Victor Espinoza46912620%59%$631,797 William Spawr22102245%64%$282,271 Stewart Elliott11212131611%37%$586,157 FINISH LINES: Bettys Bambino, a disappointing third and last as the 2-5 favorite in Saturday’s Sensational Star Stakes, came out of the race with an injury and likely will be retired. “We could bring him back, but at his age (seven), we’d have to give him six months off,” trainer Peter Eurton said Sunday morning. “He strained his (left) front suspensory, but he’s walking sound and more than likely he’ll probably be retired, but I need to talk to the owners. You never know. They might want to bring him back.” The Sensational Star on Santa Anita’s downhill turf course at about 6 ½ furlongs was only the 12th race in the abbreviated career of Bettys Bambino, who had won six of seven starts over the venue. A gelded son of Unusual Heat, Bettys Bambino has earned $390,036 . . . The seven scheduled starters in today’s fifth race will never win any Eclipse Awards, but they’ve certainly paid their dues in longevity, with a combined 275 starts in their careers, topped by Smil’n From Above, a nine-year-old mare trained by Marcelo Polanco who has raced 82 times, winning only three but finishing second and third 17 times each. The seven runners have averaged more than 39 starts each. Gianis, a seven-year-old mare trained by Duff Shidaker, goes postward for the 61st time in the race, labeled the $23,000 Queen of Hearts Starter Handicap for older fillies and mares at six furlongs . . . Agent Tom Knust has Mario Gutierrez booked to ride California Derby winner So Conflated for Paul Reddam and Doug O’Neill in next Saturday’s 1 1/16 mile Gotham at Aqueduct . . . Friends and well wishers of trainer Barry Abrams, of whom there are many, offered congratulations and enjoyed carrot cake at Clockers’ Corner Sunday in advance of his 63rd birthday next Saturday, March 4 . . . All THOROUGHBREDS members at Santa Anita on Big ‘Cap Day, March 11, will receive a free Santa Anita umbrella with paid admission while supplies last. There will be a $1 million guaranteed Late Pick 4 and a $100,000 guaranteed Pick 6. First post time will be 12 noon, with admission gates opening at 10 a.m. Martin Pedroza829161411%48%$429,713 Peter Eurton4385519%42%$457,269 John Sadler42791017%62%$471,304 Tiago Pereira781081013%36%$320,755last_img read more

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