Friday, December 14, 2007

Insurance company drops coverage for Clark County foster parents

Advocacy group seeks federal intervention in Vegas foster care
KSBY, Dec. 7, 2007.

LAS VEGAS (AP) - An advocacy group wants the federal government to step in after an insurance company dropped Clark County from coverage for foster families.

The National Center for Youth Law says the lack of insurance will make a severe shortage of foster parents in the Las Vegas area even worse.

State and county officials say the county isn't required to provide insurance, but is still trying to find a way to cover families.

United National Insurance Company cited excessive claims for dropping the county in October -- including $300,000 paid out over a lawsuit involving a 2-year-old girl who disappeared in 2006 while in foster care.

The girl, Everlyse Cabrera, has never been found.


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