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Child Welfare Ideas from the Experts #4: Expand Eligibility for Chafee Foster Youth Programs

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.


$200 Million Venture to Help Youth Aging Out of Foster Care Hits New York, Pittsburgh

The Tennessee-based Youth Villages, one of the largest nonprofits in the country, has awarded New York City and Pittsburgh major funding to implement a promising support program for young adults who have recently left foster care.

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CliffsNotes on Family First Act, Part Three: Adoption, Foster Home Recruitment, Reunification and More

As The Imprint reported in multiple stories last week, the Family First Prevention Services Act has become law. It includes the biggest change to the structure of federal child welfare finance since the establishment of the Title IV-E entitlement in 1980.

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House Markup Tomorrow for Small Pieces of Family First Act

The House Ways and Means Committee will mark up several bills tomorrow that are derivative pieces of the larger Family First Prevention Services Act, a bill aimed at expanding federal support for certain child welfare services while limiting spending on congregate care.

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Bill Introduced to Expand Chafee Independent Living Eligibility to Age 23

States have always had discretion in determining the lower age threshold for use of their federal Chafee Foster Care Independence Program allocation. But the top age of eligibility for the program has always been 21.


Twelve Child Welfare Reform Ideas from Former Foster Youth

The annual Foster Youth Intern (FYI) report, published by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute, has emerged as the best injection of fresh thinking on federal child welfare policy. The report includes federal reform proposals crafted by former foster youth who have spent the summer interning on Capitol Hill.


    Foster Care Services: A Long, Hard Road to Improvement

    When I started the Family Care Network in 1987, there was certainly a different approach and philosophy driving the foster care system. Looking back, it seems like the Stone Age. The system has come a long way but it has been a tough, hard row to hoe.


    New Tool Available to Guide Youth in Their Transition

    Family Care Network, Inc. (FCNI), a transitional housing provider in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties has developed a transition-planning tool to help young people prepare for successful, self-sufficient lives.


    Promoting Youth Development and Independent Living Services for Youth in Foster Care

    Discusses efforts to promote a positive youth development approach in foster care, and the disappointing outcomes and barriers experienced by young people leaving the foster care system between the ages of 18 and 21.