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CHAMPS Report Finds States Struggling with Foster Parent Recruitment
The recruitment and retention of foster parents — a critical but often overlooked aspect of development for children in foster care — has never been easy, and the coronavirus pandemic has made it perhaps harder than ever, according to a new report from CHAMPS, a national policy campaign that focuses on promoting high-quality foster parenting.
Some Welcome Federal Input on Foster Home Recruitment and Family Visitation
Two years ago this month, the Family First Prevention Services Act became law and spurred bold reforms in child welfare. By realigning federal funding, Family First is driving system changes to keep more families safely together as well as improve the quality of foster care for children and youth who cannot remain safely at home.
Foster Care Firewalls and Race-Blind Removals: New York Governor’s Provocative Plans for Child Welfare
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) delivered his tenth annual state of the state address yesterday, proposing liberal policy priorities including legalizing recreational marijuana, expanding a child tax credit, and guaranteeing paid sick leave for workers.
We Have to Stop Losing Half of Foster Parents in the First Year
One hundred and twenty seven. That’s the number of children that were entrusted to my husband Billy and myself over our 27 years as foster parents. Each year, as we celebrate National Foster Care Month, I like to take a few moments to reflect on the children who came into our lives as foster parents.