Innovative Project Maps the Movement of Foster Care
A little over a year ago, Robert Latham reached out to John Jackson, general counsel for the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF). He had a fairly substantial request: all of the records available for all of the children who had been placed into foster care.
Time to Give Foster Parents a Voice
Almost everyone who attends a court hearing concerning a foster child has some legal standing, except the foster parents. The foster parents who have 24/7 knowledge of the child in their care and the possibility of providing permanence have a diminished voice or no voice at all.
New Strategies Long Overdue on Measuring Child Welfare Risk
As The Imprint has been reporting over the past two years, various jurisdictions have been exploring new tools to focus the attention of child welfare systems on the children most at risk of subsequent abuse or neglect.
Lessons from Out of County, Calif.: Need for Numbers, Better Coordination
Last week, The Imprint wrapped up “Out of County, Calif.,” a lengthy series focused on the significant portion of California’s foster youth who are cared for outside of the county they once called home.
Stakeholders Group Addresses Need for Specialized Adoption Clinical Training
By Gail Johnson Vaughan and Carol Biddle A Stakeholders Group created by California’s Assembly Bill 1790 (2014,) has identified barriers to the provision of services by mental health professionals with specialized clinical training in adoption or permanency issues.
Child Welfare Ideas From the Experts, #6: Placement Stability for Infants and Toddlers
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 11 former foster youths who completed Congressional internships.
Former Foster Youth Found Herself When She Found Family
Georgina Rodriguez spent most of her life growing up in foster care. She entered the system at age six and aged out at 18. In the course of 12 years, she moved eight different times.
CHILD WELFARE SERVICES REALIGNMENT REPORT
The second annual California Child Welfare Services Realignment Report measures the impact that may have occurred as a result of the 2011 realignment of the child welfare system. The cross-sectional study summarizes the outcomes in three sections: safety, placement and case load, and permanency.
Focus on the Figures: Distance from Home for Foster Youths
Family reunification, the process of returning children living in foster care to their families of origin, is the most common goal for children in out-of-home care. Nationally, 51 percent of all youth who exited foster care in 2012 did so to be reunited with parents.
Determining the Best Interests of the Child
Courts make a variety of decisions that affect children, including placement and custody determinations, safety and permanency planning, and proceedings for termination of parental rights. Whenever a court makes such a determination, it must weigh whether its decision will be in the “best interests” of the child.