Feds Ease Restrictions on Funds for Extended Care and Foster Homes
The Trump administration is using a 32-year-old law to loosen some restrictions on foster care funding for state child welfare agencies. The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) announced in a program instruction yesterday that it would greatly ease the process for getting federal funds for extended foster care, and would permit funds for foster homes that have not been fully licensed.
Feds Allow Adoption Savings To Cover Title IV-E Match Requirements
A subtle change in child welfare policy, made shortly before the world went indoors, will allow child welfare agencies to use a calculation called “adoption savings” discount on matching certain spending requirements on federal funds.
Three Better Ways to Support Foster Youth than Extending Care to 26
Ten years ago, I was George White, a 17-year-old high school student in foster care advocating for the extension of foster care to age 21 through AB 12. Today, I introduce myself as 27-year-old Dr.
States are Leaving Federal Money for Extended Foster Care on the Table
Nearly every state in the union now has some offer of extended foster care for youths who turn 18 in foster care and do not feel ready to “age out” into adulthood.
MaryLee Allen, Long Time Policy Director at Children’s Defense Fund, Has Passed Away at 74
MaryLee Allen, who for decades led on the issue of child welfare for the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF), died of liver cancer at the age of 74 last week. Allen, who is among the foremost experts on federal policy on child welfare, joined CDF shortly after its founding in 1973.
Louisiana Ties New Extended Care Program to Evidence-Based Service for Youth Aging Out of Foster Care
In 2018, Louisiana was among the handful of states with no offer of foster care support beyond age 18 for youth who became adults in the system. Since then, the state has moved quickly through incremental steps toward extended foster care, and is now poised to begin a robust expansion to age 21 that will tie older youth to specially-trained case managers stationed around the state.
To Have Impact, Laws Must Be Enforced. Appellate Lawyers Help Do Just That.
Each fall, students in the University of Michigan Law School’s Child Welfare Appellate Clinic represent parents in termination of parental rights (TPR) appeals. We don’t cherry pick our cases for ones we’re likely to win.
One More Week to Weigh in on National Foster Home Licensing Standards
The public has until October 1 to weigh in on a Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) proposal for a first-ever national standard on licensing foster homes. The standards, which HHS was directed to establish as part of the Family First Prevention Services Act, sets expectations for safety precautions and best practices for pre-licensing and home studies.
Child Welfare Ideas from the Experts #1: Stable Placement Equals Stable Education
The Imprint is highlighting each of the policy recommendations made this summer by the participants of the Foster Youth Internship Program (FYI), a group of 10 former foster youths who have completed congressional internships.