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With Frontline Workers Refusing Vaccination, Youth Residential Facilities Consider Future Mandates

Requiring vaccination for employment is a thorny issue that is sure to be debated in many industries once supply of the jabs ramps up. Child welfare will be one of them.

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Foster Care Workers Face Coronavirus Risk With Uncertain Hazard Pay, Testing Access

In late March, Loretta Wright had a frontline view of how bad the coronavirus pandemic had become in her home borough of the Bronx, with over 8,600 hospitalized at the time. 

The coronavirus pandemic meant more kids stayed in the child welfare system than the previous year, according to an AP analysis.


Coronavirus: What Child Welfare Systems Need to Think About

The coronavirus has dominated headlines across the country as the federal government and state leaders scramble to pull together broad plans of attack for testing, quarantining and treating those with severe symptoms.

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Trump Budget Proposes Medicaid Exception for Some Residential Care Programs

President Trump’s fiscal 2021 budget asks Congress to allow Medicaid dollars to be spent on a newly created class of residential foster care, a move that it expects to open up half a billion dollars for mental health treatment over the next decade.


Fewer Foster Youth, More Foster Homes: Findings from the 2019 Who Cares Project

Newly released data compiled and analyzed by The Imprint suggests that the United States is on the downside of its most recent foster care surge. For most of the 2010s, federal data showed the number of children in foster care steadily increasing after a previous decade of decline.

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A Federal Bill Could Boost Funds for Home Visiting Program for Parents


The ‘IMD Exclusion’: A Looming Clash Between Medicaid and Child Welfare Reform

Last month, we mentioned that an answer given by the federal Administration for Children and Families (ACF) to a question posed by Kentucky’s child welfare agency carried big implications for how other states implement the Family First Prevention Services Act.


    The Recipe for Home

    This essay was submitted as part of our 2019 Youth Voice Writing Contest, which asked current and former foster youth the question “What does home mean to you?”  Any normal child would define home simply as a house where you grow up with Mom and Dad to live happily together.


    Foster Youth More Frequently Placed In Family Settings, Report Finds

    As states prepare for a child welfare overhaul that will limit federal funds to group care, a recent report shows that most systems are already gravitating toward greater use of family foster homes and relative caregivers.


    Aging Out in Arkansas: Two Girls Struggle to Move on After Foster Care

      Kendra Owens doesn’t remember a lot about the five months she spent in foster care before her 18th birthday. Her therapist says that it’s her brain trying to protect her, hiding away horrible memories that might trigger her depression or her post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).