Foster Parents

With Influx of Federal Funding, New York Aims to Expand Foster Care Prevention


Legal Settlement: New York Foster Parents Poised for Big Increase in Support Payments

New York state foster parents are in line for a major increase in support payments under the terms of a settlement announced in an 11-year-old legal battle in federal court. The agreement means foster parents in New York City, Long Island and Westchester County could see a hike of at least 46% in the basic monthly reimbursement they receive for rearing foster children, which covers such expenses as food, clothing and shelter, as well as supervision during out-of-school hours, travel for family visits and school supplies. 

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National Foster Parent Association Announces New Leader


National Foster Parent Association Announces New Leader, New Era

Foster parent Arnie Eby will begin in his new role as the National Foster Parent Association executive director this month.

Writer Lawrence Ball reflects on the impact the Independent Living Program had on his life.


Roses 4 the Independent Living Program (ILP)

Lawrence Ball writes about the impact of the Independent Living Program. Photo courtesy of Ball.
During high school, I did not know anyone else who was in foster care. It was something that I did not want to broadcast, because I felt like I was the only foster kid at the school.

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Foster Parents are Essential Workers and Should Not Be Overlooked

After a long year of fear, loss and traumatic uncertainty, the availability of vaccines protecting against COVID-19 is a welcome, necessary relief. Health care workers, teachers and the elderly have been rightly prioritized for access, but many vulnerable people are still waiting for eligibility.

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One Year Later: How Foster Families are Faring in the Pandemic

Vanessa and Amen Van Dyck with their foster son share how they’ve navigated the pandemic. Photo courtesy of Vanessa and Amen Van Dyck
Since the pandemic began one year ago, foster parents across the country have gone to extraordinary lengths to support the child welfare system.

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In a First for U.S., Massachusetts Foster Parents Push for Union

Foster parents in Massachusetts are pushing to form a union, a move that would make the Bay State the first in the nation in which foster parents would have collective bargaining rights.


    Connecticut Uses Coronavirus Relief to Provide Foster Parent Back Pay

    Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont (D). Photo courtesy of governor’s office
    Foster parents in Connecticut will receive a retroactive $100-a-month pay bump after the governor and the state child welfare agency decided to peel off about $1.1 million in federal COVID-19 relief funds for that purpose.


    Shut in At Home, Foster and Adoptive Parents Look Online for Support

    With coronavirus exploding in the world around them, millions of parents are discovering just how difficult long days and nights holed up indoors with kids can be. For New York foster and adoptive parents, like Martha Hornthal, their children’s first week of distance learning has sometimes felt not just isolating and wearying – but bordering on the impossible.

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    We Won’t Stop: The Imprint’s Commitment to Children, Youth and Families in a Time of Crisis

    At 2:50 p.m. on Thursday, March 12, I picked up my 5-year-old boy from school for the last time in the foreseeable future. Teddy hugged two of his little friends while I ushered him out, alongside my neighbor and his little girl Odette.