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In a First, Parent Successfully Appeals Michigan Judge’s Removal of Child to Foster Care

A Michigan parent on Thursday became the state’s first to successfully appeal a judge’s decision to remove a child into foster care, a ruling that the family’s advocates hailed as “an important first step” toward ensuring that judges don’t put families through the trauma of separation without showing sufficient cause.

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Feds Lay Out Minimum Expectations for Child Welfare Courts During Coronavirus

As juvenile and family courts around the country settle into emergency postures during a period of national social distancing, one of the nation’s top child welfare officials issued a reminder of the legal steps that must be taken in order for federal dollars to flow from Title IV-E, a multi-billion dollar entitlement that helps pay for family preservation, foster care and adoption.

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Family First Clearinghouse Approves First Seven Services for Preventing Foster Care

The IV-E Prevention Services Clearinghouse, which will be in charge of determining what can be funded under the Family First Prevention Services Act, has announced the first slate of options for states.

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Reasonable Efforts in an Unreasonable World

Every day, child welfare systems confront the effects of America’s misguided social policy. Draconian criminal laws and unjust sentencing policies result in the unnecessary separation of children, particularly those who are African-American, from their parents.


Ignoring Reasonable Efforts: How Courts Fail to Promote Prevention

The Family First Prevention Services Act, signed into law earlier this year, strives to prevent some children from entering foster care as a result of contact with the child welfare system.


Congratulations, Alaska: You’re the Foster Care Capital of America

At the end of 2016, the federal government finally released state-by-state foster care numbers for 2015. Congratulations, Alaska: You’re number one! The National Coalition for Child Protection Reform uses a “Rate of Removal Index” to determine each state’s propensity to place children in foster care.