Safe Families for Children


Host Homes Are a Necessary Resource for Struggling New York Families

In child welfare, host homes can be a community-based solution to address families who need help with their children, writes BJ Walker. 

Out of State, Out of Mind


Lawsuit Alleges New York Created ‘Extremely Harmful’ Shadow Foster Care System

Three leading firms that represent children in New York City and Buffalo have filed a lawsuit seeking to halt "extrajudicial" host home programs from operating.

Kathy Hochul, left, will step in to serve as governor of New York now that Andrew Cuomo has resigned amid sexual misconduct allegations.


New York Allows Overnight Respite Care For Children, Despite “Shadow Foster Care” Concerns

The New York state child welfare agency has approved regulations authorizing families in times of crisis to place their children with “host family homes.”

Anderson New York Illinois Safe Families Children


Faith-Based Movement to ‘Host’ Children of Struggling Families Hits Opposition in New York

In the summer of 2012, Corisma Gillespie hit a crisis point. Pregnant with her second child, the 20-year-old from the west side of Chicago had lost her job at McDonald’s. Her car was impounded, and she was about to become homeless.


What If We Could Reach Families Before the Crisis? There Would Be Fewer Kids in Foster Care

It’s no secret that our foster care system is overburdened. More than 250,000 children enter foster care each year. We don’t have enough foster families to meet this demand, and we don’t have enough adoptive families either.

Youth Services Insider


Notes from Wicked Problems: Big Data on Trauma, Solution-Based Casework, and More

Note: This column was updated on November 6 It was a big week in Chicago. The Cubs finally broke through and won the World Series, and all of the intractable problems with child welfare were fixed.

    Chelsea Geyer


    Faithful Ambition: National Networks Tap Congregations for Child Welfare Permanency, Preservation

    When Chelsea Geyer heads to the front of a congregation to sell them on helping Washington, D.C.’s child welfare system, the 27-year-old co-founder of DC127 comes with a two-pronged sales pitch that meshes the Good Book with the modern city.