Foster Care Capacity
More Texas Foster Youth Are Sleeping in State Offices Than at Any Other Point in Recent Years
More Texas foster children slept in state offices or hotels in October and November of 2020 than at any point since 2016 when the state began keeping consistent records of children without placements, and the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services says the COVID-19 pandemic is partially to blame.
We Need to Help Relatives Navigate Their Child Welfare Options
A new data project focusing on foster care capacity has illustrated a growing reality across the nation’s child welfare system: relatives are increasingly stepping up to provide care for children removed from their parents.
We Have to Better Understand What Foster Parents Need
As a new leader in the child welfare space, I thought it would be worth my while to do some listening before I made any big changes. So I went on a tour all over the state of Washington.
Trump Administration Grants Waiver Permitting Discrimination by Child Welfare Providers
The Trump administration has granted South Carolina an exception to rules barring federal funds to discriminatory providers, a decision that opens the door to more challenges by states that wish to shield religious groups from penalties.
Who Cares: A National Count of Foster Homes and Families
The Imprint, a national news site focused on children, youth and families, just released an ambitious data and reporting project looking at where kids go when they’re removed from home. “Who Cares: A National Count of Foster Homes and Families” yielded significant findings about states’ struggles to recruit and retain foster homes, and their increased reliance on relatives and group homes.
Trump’s Top Child Welfare Official Speaks
In June, the Trump administration hired Jerry Milner to lead the federal agency within the Department of Health and Human Services that oversees federal child welfare funding and policy. The Administration for Children, Youth and Families (ACYF) was established in 1977 and oversees the Family and Youth Services Bureau as well as the much larger Children’s Bureau, which was created by President William Howard Taft back in 1912.
Projection: National Foster Care Numbers Continue to Rise in 2017
This week, The Imprint released a report on foster care capacity nationwide, which included a projection that the overall number of U.S. foster kids is continuing to go up. Based on foster care totals from the 30 states that provided information, we project that the total number of children in foster care in 2017 is roughly 443,000, 3 percent more than the 2015 federal count, the last year such data was made available.