Recruitment and retention
License to Discriminate: What to Watch for with Faith-Based Protection Laws (UPDATED September 2019)
In 2018, three states – Kansas, Oklahoma and South Carolina – joined the ranks of seven other states in passing laws to enable faith-based child welfare providers to discriminate against foster and adoptive parents, or even foster youth.
Trump Administration Grants Waiver Permitting Discrimination by Child Welfare Providers
The Trump administration has granted South Carolina an exception to rules barring federal funds to discriminatory providers, a decision that opens the door to more challenges by states that wish to shield religious groups from penalties.
Washington Foster Youth Sent to Hotels More Than 1,000 Times Last Year
Washington state foster youth spent the night in hotels because of a lack of available placements in foster homes more than 1,000 times over the last year, according to a report from an independent state oversight office.
L.A. County Looks to Business Sector Strategy to Recruit and Retain Foster Parents
Los Angeles County has endorsed a new plan to attract and retain prospective foster parents: treat them like customers. The county Board of Supervisors approved a $50,000 contract Tuesday with RaiseAChild (RAC), an organization that recruits and provides support for foster families in Southern California, to develop a digital customer relationship manager (CRM).
All Children Are Our Children: Supporting Kids in Foster Care
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will consider a motion today that calls for the county’s Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) to develop a coordinated faith-based engagement strategy.
In Quest to Meet Demand for Foster Parents, Some Agencies Look to Craigslist
As a shortage of foster parents continues across the United States, foster care agencies are recruiting new foster parents through social media and the internet, including, to some people’s surprise, Craigslist.
Preserving A Cultural Link for Asian Children in Foster Care
The 10-year-old boy made Grace Kwon a little nervous when they first met. He came from a troubled home and it showed in him, she noted. As a new foster parent, Kwon wasn’t sure if she was ready to care for an older child.
New California Budget Sees Big Child Welfare Investments
California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed a $200 billion budget last week that includes significant investments for the state’s child welfare and juvenile justice systems, though many of those are on a one-time basis.
We Have to Stop Losing Half of Foster Parents in the First Year
One hundred and twenty seven. That’s the number of children that were entrusted to my husband Billy and myself over our 27 years as foster parents. Each year, as we celebrate National Foster Care Month, I like to take a few moments to reflect on the children who came into our lives as foster parents.