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Arkansas child and family advocacy group names new executive director

BY: - February 2, 2023

Keesa Smith, a former deputy director for the state’s Department of Human Services, is the new executive director of Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, the group announced Thursday. Smith will start with the longtime advocacy and public policy organization on Feb. 20, replacing Rich Huddleston, who retired last year after almost two decades at […]

A woman and her adopted daughter.

Reducing the number of children in foster care remains a work in progress, lawmakers told

BY: - November 14, 2022

While state officials have made progress in reducing the number of children in foster care, more work needs to be done, according to a report approved by Arkansas legislators Monday.   The ability to assess a family’s risk for future maltreatment is one area that needs improvement because the current risk tool is not effective enough, […]