Florida Settles Lawsuit, Agrees to Improve Foster Care Placements in Miami Area
In February of 2018, the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) was hit with a federal class-action lawsuit alleging that private providers in the southern part of the state were failing to supply enough foster homes, leading to frequent shuffling of kids from one motel to the next, or into cramped group settings.
Kansas Dials Up The CALL for Help with Faith-Based Foster Recruitment
The Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF) is putting its faith in an Arkansas-based recruitment organization to help bring in more foster families. DCF is working with The CALL, a Christian organization that takes no state money but is credited with supplying nearly half of foster homes in Arkansas, to establish a comparable initiative in the Sunflower State.
‘Perpetrator’ Networks Key to Predicting Child Abuse
In the race to dominate the child abuse prediction market, the world’s largest data analytics firm has its eye on what it calls “perpetrator” networks. SAS, with a global workforce of 14,000 and $3.16 billion in revenue in 2015, delivered Florida’s Department of Children and Families a lengthy technical report in August of last year.
Conn. Governor Keeps Child Welfare Boss; N.M. Governor Makes Change
Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy, who was re-elected in November, announced this week that he will re-appoint Joette Katz to lead the state’s Department of Children and Families, which oversees both the child welfare and juvenile justice systems for the state.
Los Angeles Eyes Florida’s Child Fatality Prevention System
Many times, a spate of child deaths will cause systems to overreact, leading to sharp upticks in child removals. In some cases, a myopic focus on those cases has lead to costly, wholesale child welfare reforms in which policies that dictate the decision-making in hundreds or thousands of cases are changed based on a small sample of horrific cases.