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Fragile Lives

More than 650,000 kids spent at least part of the year in foster care in 2014, according to the latest national numbers. Trauma from a history of child abuse, neglect, addiction, and domestic violence can affect the long-term physical and mental health outcomes of kids in the system.

During the month of April, WXXI News is teaming with Side Effects Public Media explore the health outcomes of kids in the foster care system.

In-depth reports and interviews will air every Monday and Wednesday on Morning Edition and All Things Considered on AM 1370 and WRUR FM 88.5. We'll also post the reports here on

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Connections: Fragile Lives Series Looks At The State Of Foster Care

For Foster Kids, A Health Care Home Base Provides Stability And Better Care

Kids Who Age Out Of Foster Care Still Need Guidance With Health Care

For Foster Kids, Preschool Can Be A Place To Catch Up Socially and Emotionally