Child Welfare: Gambling on the Lives of Little Ones
We launched a writing contest to see what former foster youth had to say about their time in care or their experiences with the justice system. The contest gave youth the opportunity to write on one of three themes: “What does home mean to you?”
Title X Rule Change Could Lead to More Unplanned Pregnancy, Disease Transmission, and Sex Trafficking for Foster Youth
A federal rule change around family planning clinics being sought by the Trump administration could have a disproportionate effect on current and former foster youth. Advocates believe that the new rules could have a chilling effect on the likelihood for these young people to access birth control and screening for sexually transmitted diseases.
More than a Million Kids Could Lose Health Coverage Next Month if Congress Fails to Fund CHIP
Despite new indications that renewing the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) could actually save the federal government money, Congress has yet to pass a reauthorization of the program. Nearly 1.7 million out of the 9 million children served by CHIP each year could lose healthcare coverage by the end of February if Congress fails to pass legislation to reauthorize the program, according to a new report from Georgetown University’s Center for Children and Families.
Foster Youth Provision Survives in House Healthcare Bill
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) provided presumptive Medicaid eligibility until age 26 for any youth aging out of the foster care system. The House’s newly unveiled healthcare bill, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), will not repeal that provision.
Seven Years Later: States Working Toward Promise of a Medical Home for Every Foster Youth
by Jane Krienke Seven years after President George W. Bush signed the landmark Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 (FCSA) into law, 26 states have introduced bills to improve the oversight of healthcare resources for foster youth, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures State Actions.
Equal Access to Mental Healthcare Still Eludes Foster Youth Placed “Out-Of-County”
Roughly one-in-five young people in California’s foster care system are transferred between counties after entering care. Even though as many as two-thirds or more of these youth have heightened mental health needs, data show that they often wait months, or even years, for appropriate mental health treatment.
BUILD Partnership Invests $7.5 Million in Health Equity Effort
Four grant-makers have partnered on a fund to support 14 community projects aimed at addressing health equity issues across the country. The Advisory Board Company and the de Beaumont, Kresge and Robert Wood Johnson Foundations have formed the BUILD Health Challenge, which will use a collaborative model and encourage communities to build partnerships among hospitals and health systems, community-based organizations, the local health department, and other organizations to improve health outcomes for local residents.