Youth Services Insider


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. 


Permanency is Possible for Older Youth in Child Welfare

“I don’t want a family.”  “Johnny will never have a family so it’s best to focus on independent living skills.” For decades, Plummer Youth Promise accepted the truth of these statements.


Child Welfare Ideas from the Experts #2: Emotional Support After Permanency

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 12 former foster youths who have completed congressional internships.

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Bill Introduced to Connect Social Security, Welfare Benefits to Kids Living with Relatives

  Sen. Bob Casey (D-Penn.) and several Democrat co-sponsors have added to the legislation piling up this session to help grandparents and other relatives caring for the children of loved ones.


Hearings: More Money for Legal Counsel Won’t Fix Broken Court Processes

A recent policy change at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services now allows for child welfare systems to draw federal funds to help pay for the legal counsel of all children and birth parents involved in the child welfare systems.

Advocates Say New Mexico Should do Better, in Response to Child Welfare Settlement Report


New Mexico Child Welfare Advocates Make Last-Minute Push on Education Bills

The New Mexico House of Representatives’ legislative session wraps up over the weekend, and child welfare advocates are trying to push for votes on two bills related to the education of youth in foster care.


    Better Counsel for Children and Parents: What the Research Says

    The argument for a greater guarantee of lawyers in dependency court has strong grounding in legal circles. It is virtually inarguable that the interests of justice are better served with counsel than without it.


    We Need Kinship Caregivers, and They Need a Safety Net

    I was a teenager in the care of loving fictive kin when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1979 that kinship care is an appropriate child welfare response, and that relatives could not be discriminated against when they meet the same licensing standards as non-kin foster parents.


    Profiles in Permanency: Texas Preparing Guardians

    The National Quality Improvement Center for Adoption and Guardianship Support and Preservation (QIC-AG) is a five-year project designed to promote permanence when reunification is no longer a goal and improve adoption and guardianship preservation and support.