Coronavirus Relief Bill Includes $10 Million for Kinship Care Center
All but unnoticed in news coverage of the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package President Joe Biden signed on Thursday is $10 million to start up a technical assistance center to help relative caregivers who step up to fill in for parents whose children have been taken away from them.
Five Great 2017 Columns from Current, Former Foster Youth
Each year, The Imprint publishes opinion columns and personal reflections contributed by current or former foster youth. These pieces represent a perspective on the current child welfare system that leaders must heed.
California Advocates Push Equal Financial Support for Kinship Caregivers
A group of child welfare advocates is urging California to level out assistance to relatives caring for children who are removed from their homes. California is the last remaining state that provides no foster care support at all to relatives of children who are not eligible for federal foster care support, according to John Burton Foundation Policy Director Amy Lemley.
Relative Foster Care Licensing Waivers in the States: Policies and Possibilities
States can establish their own licensing standards as long as it benefits the child’s safety. Each state is different and can waive non-safety standards under certain circumstances if the relative is willing to care for the foster youth.
Possibilities and Pitfalls: The Role of Licensing in Supporting Relatives for Children in Foster Care
Licensing is important to consider when thinking about providing support for children in foster care, particularly in the context of kinship foster care. In order for a state to draw down federal funds for a foster home, it must be licensed, and that includes kinship placements.