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Feds Ease Restrictions on Funds for Extended Care and Foster Homes

The Trump administration is using a 32-year-old law to loosen some restrictions on foster care funding for state child welfare agencies.  The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) announced in a program instruction yesterday that it would greatly ease the process for getting federal funds for extended foster care, and would permit funds for foster homes that have not been fully licensed. 


North Carolina Will Test Wraparound Kinship Care Model

The Duke Endowment has awarded a $950,000 grant to the Family Focused Treatment Association (FFTA) for a North Carolina-based pilot project designed to provide therapeutic supports to foster youth living with relative caregivers.


Top Stories of 2018: The Rise of Relatives

We’re counting down 10 of the biggest stories The Imprint published in 2018. Each day, we’ll connect readers with a few links to our coverage on a big story from 2018.

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One More Week to Weigh in on National Foster Home Licensing Standards

The public has until October 1 to weigh in on a Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) proposal for a first-ever national standard on licensing foster homes. The standards, which HHS was directed to establish as part of the Family First Prevention Services Act, sets expectations for safety precautions and best practices for pre-licensing and home studies.


Kansas Drops Hiring Standards to Attract More Child Welfare Workers

As Kansas rolls out changes to its child welfare system, a decision to loosen requirements for child protection specialists has some child advocates concerned that the state is trading a quantity problem for a quality problem.

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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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    Twelve Child Welfare Reform Ideas from Former Foster Youth

    Every year, one of Youth Services Insider’s favorite assignments is poring over the policy recommendations of the 12 young people selected for the Foster Youth Internship Program (FYI), a program operated by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute.


    Child Welfare Ideas from the Experts, #4: Limit Criminal History Barriers for Potential Kinship Caregivers

    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.