Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act

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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.


Camp To Belong: Camp Creating Sibling Connections Celebrates 25 Years

When Kayla Hubert entered foster care at age 4, she was separated from her older brother and a few years later, from her sister as well. By the time she was 8, visits with her siblings were rare.


Supporting Kin, Preparing Adults: Fostering Connections Act at 10

In the mid-2000s, it had already become clear in the field of child welfare that relatives should be a priority option when it comes to removing youth from their home. But most states lacked a robust option for supporting kin who could, with a little help, be the answer on permanency.


Child Welfare’s Looming Evidence Problem

Child welfare is running an evidence deficit. There are too few programs in circulation with credible evidence of their effectiveness in improving the safety, family permanence and well-being of vulnerable children.


Federal Kinship Grants Awarded to Most States

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) recently announced nearly $18 million in federal grants to states for Kinship Navigator programs, a model for connecting relatives caring for foster youth to benefits, counseling and other forms of assistance.

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Early Takeaways from 50-State Look at Extended Foster Care

Juvenile Law Center (JLC), with the support of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, has built an excellent new resource for the field in its National Extended Foster Care Review, a website that breaks down each state’s foster care guarantees after the age of 18.


    Fast Tracked Federal Overhaul of Child Welfare Financing Gets Mixed Reactions

    The Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA), which offers a significant restructuring of the multi-billion dollar federal entitlement for child welfare, could not pass the Senate as a standalone bill in 2016.


    A Look Back at the Impact of Research on Child Welfare Policy

    This year begins my 40th year as a student of child welfare services. As a researcher and observer of the child welfare policy process I appreciate the opportunity to reflect on some of the ways research has influenced child welfare policy.

    Educational Stability for Foster Youth


    States All Over the Map on Ensuring Educational Stability for Foster Youth

    The Every Student Succeeds Act gave school systems across the country until December 2016 to  transport foster youth to school. Nine months later, implementation is wanting. For the roughly 270,000 school-aged children living in America’s foster care system, educational success can be elusive.