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Los Angeles County Expands Kinship Care Efforts

Photo by Dominque Ross
On Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted to expand a program that has helped drive kinship placements of children in its foster care system to nearly twice the national average.


L.A. County Weighs Expanding Rapid Kinship Placement Program

Los Angeles County is weighing an expansion to its Upfront Family Finding Pilot Project. Photo courtesy of the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services
Despite an ever-tightening budget, Los Angeles County is considering an expansion of a kinship program that places foster children with relatives as soon as they are removed from their parents’ homes, a softer handoff that can reduce the trauma of family separation.

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Investigation Finds Spate of Foster Care Deaths in Ohio Since 2015


Ohio Still Shortchanging Relative Caregivers Despite Court Order, Complaint Charges

Three years after a federal appeals court ordered Ohio to pay those who assume custody of relatives the same amount it pays licensed foster parents, the Buckeye State continues to severely shortchange kinship caregivers, according to a lawsuit seeking to enforce the order.


Organization Serving Kinship Families Mobilizes Drive-Through Pick Up to Support Caregivers

With the coronavirus pandemic emptying store shelves and leaving critical items in short supply, the elderly have faced unique challenges stocking their homes with groceries, toiletries and other essentials. In Nevada, Foster Kinship Executive Director Ali Caliendo raced between four different stores to find formula for her 8-month-old son over the weekend.

Report Recommends Extending Foster Care-Type Supports to Kinship Families


Deadline Alert: One Day Left to Provide Input on Kinship Care to Federal Advisory Council

Federal policymakers want to hear from the millions of relatives caring for the children of family members about how government can be a helpful partner to them. Relative caregivers of children who would otherwise often be in the foster care system are being asked to share their experiences with federal policymakers.


Foster Youth More Frequently Placed In Family Settings, Report Finds

As states prepare for a child welfare overhaul that will limit federal funds to group care, a recent report shows that most systems are already gravitating toward greater use of family foster homes and relative caregivers.


    Short-Changed Relative Caregivers Find Champion in Georgia Lawmaker

    Georgia State Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver (D) plans to push for increased payments to relatives who care for foster children during a budget hearing Monday. Oliver will ask her colleagues on the House appropriations subcommittee for human services to commit roughly $2.68 million annually for unlicensed relative caregivers who receive significantly less from the state than licensed foster parents.


    With Foster Care Numbers at a 15-Year High, Georgia Looks to Relatives

    Tom Rawlings (center), director of Georgia’s Division of Family and Children Services. The agency has a goal of soon placing half of foster youth with relatives. Photo courtesy of DFCS.
    When Tom Rawlings took over as director of Georgia’s Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) in July, he knew the agency was experiencing turbulence.


    In Washington, Relatives Prop Up Teetering Foster Care System with Little Support

    A single mother with three of her five children still teenagers living at home, 50-year-old Denita Simmons didn’t plan on adding two babies to the mix. But her godsons needed her.