Two Bills That Offer More Support to Relatives, Who are Expected to Play a Bigger Role Under Family First Act
In addition to planned legislation that makes significant changes to federal child welfare finance, two new federal bills have been introduced that would target support for relative caregivers, a key constituency in the reforms envisioned under the Family First Prevention Services Act that mostly takes effect in October.
New Hampshire Bill Paves Way for Grandfamilies Affected by Opioid Crisis
Like many grandparents in New Hampshire, Diane Yeo is starting her life over at age 57. In 2015, Yeo drove three hours to Falmouth, Mass., to pick up her grandchildren after their mother told Yeo that she needed a fix.
Blood Lines: Relatives Not Always the Best Caregivers for Foster Youth
Los Angeles’ child welfare system – like many others – has a relative caregiver program that takes effect when a child is removed from their home, notifying known relatives of the removal within a 30-day period and giving them preferential consideration for the placement of the child.
Pennsylvania County Fills Foster Family Gap with Relatives
As jurisdictions across the country scramble to find enough foster homes, one Pennsylvania county has found success by relying on relative caregivers. In Allegheny County, home to the Pittsburgh metropolitan area, a unique partnership with a private agency has led to a special emphasis on placing children with family or close family friends, yielding benefits across the child protective services system.
County Officials Still Unclear on Relative Caregiver Pay
During an important child protection meeting Monday, a deputy from Los Angeles County’s Chief Executive Office expressed concern that opting into millions of state money meant for relative caregivers could wind up costing the county.