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Deep Dive on Federal Foster Care Report: Permanency Slows Again, the Tiny Decline, a State in Crisis

As The Imprint reported last week, and projected last year in our “Who Cares” project, the number of youth in foster care declined slightly in 2018. And there was good news on both ends of the system as well: entries into foster care were down, and exits from foster care were up.


Federal Report Shows Number of Youth in Foster Care Declined Last Year

The number of youth in foster care declined for the first time since 2011, according to an annual report on youth in care released by the Department of Health and Human Services.


Foster Care Numbers Up for Fifth Straight Year, Federal Data Released Today Shows

The number of youth in foster care in America rose for a fifth consecutive year in 2017, according to a federal report released today, though state data obtained by The Imprint suggests that the total may have plateaued or even decreased this year.

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Trump Administration Delays New Child Welfare Data Rules Until 2020, But Plans Changes to Obama Plan

Earlier this week, while reporting on the confirmation of new Administration for Children and Families (ACF) leader Lynn Johnson, Youth Services Insider speculated that perhaps an agreement had been reached, or assurances had been made, about a timeline to finalize new child welfare data collection.

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Trump Plan to Limit New Foster Care Data: States, Tribes and Public Weigh In

The Trump administration wanted public feedback on Obama-laid plans to collect more information about youth and adults involved in the foster care system. It heard from more than 200 parties, almost all of them weighing in with comments in the final week of the public period.

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Time Nearly Up to Comment on Trump Delays, Rollbacks to Foster Care Data

As Youth Services Insider reported back in March, the Trump administration has indicated that it might roll back some or many of the Obama-era changes to the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS), which is how the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reports state and national data on child welfare.

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    Why Would Any Foster Youth Answer the LGBTQ Question?

    Note: An early draft of this column was originally posted, and has been updated here with the final version In many facets of life, American society writ large is a more tolerant and welcoming place for gay and transgender people.

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    Beyond Last Week’s News About Increasing Foster Care Rates: More Adoption, Indiana in Crisis, Long Term Foster Care and More

    Last Thursday, The Imprint reported on the topline of the recently released Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) report, the annual report produced by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF).


    National Foster Care Numbers Continue To Rise; Up 10 Percent Since 2012

    The number of youth living in foster care has increased for a fourth straight year, rising to 437,465 in 2016, according to data released today by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF).