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Family First Clearinghouse OKs Wraparound, Upgrades Intercept Program

The federal clearinghouse that approves foster care prevention services approved a popular whole-family approach to home-based services, and upgraded the rating of a different family support model. 


North Carolina Will Test Wraparound Kinship Care Model

The Duke Endowment has awarded a $950,000 grant to the Family Focused Treatment Association (FFTA) for a North Carolina-based pilot project designed to provide therapeutic supports to foster youth living with relative caregivers.


The Real Lesson from the Fall of R.I.S.E.: Group Homes Don’t Work

The great filmmaker Costa Gavras, known for making “political films” such as “Z” and “The Confession,” once said: “The issues in politics are not complex, even though politicians tell us so in order to convince us of the politicians’ importance … and to keep us from criticizing them.”


At Calif. Locked Facility, High Demand for Intensive Services

Most group homes in California are poised to embrace mandated changes to the way they administer services under a new law if they want to continue providing care to children and youth in foster care.

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Some Early Details on Obama’s $750 Million Mental Health Plan for Foster Youths

Administration officials spoke for the first time about President Barack Obama’s proposal for a 10-year, $750 million effort to “address over-prescription of psychotropic medications for children in foster care,” on a Friday conference call with child welfare advocacy, research and member organizations.


Sierra Health Puts Additional $1.6 million into “Crossover Youth” Initiative

The California-based Center for Health Program Management, a program of the Sierra Health Foundation, announced $1.6 million in additional grants for its Positive Youth Justice Initiative. The new grants bring total investment in the initiative to $4.5 million.