Child Welfare Must Keep To Its Permanency Timelines

Twenty-five years ago, I testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means to bring attention to the need for a new paradigm in foster care. The system needed to put a child’s need to love and be loved, to trust and to form attachments, as the paramount concern of a system that was established for children who were removed from their biological family due to abuse and neglect. 


RNC Speaker: Police Right to Be Cautious Around My Adopted Biracial Son
The anti-abortion activist and 2020 RNC convention speaker Abby Johnson said on YouTube in June that police would be correct in thinking “statistically my brown son is more likely to commit a violent offense over my white sons.”
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Fewer Youth in Foster Care, But Family Reunifications Hit Record Low
Newly released federal data shows the number of adoptions from foster care is up and the number of children reunified with their parents is down.

The number of youth in foster care began to decline in earnest last year, according to federal child welfare data released this week, which also found that reunifications have declined and the number of children adopted from foster care continues to reach record levels.


House Democratic Report Rips Waiver Allowing LGBTQ Discrimination

Two significant developments occurred this week that have the potential to shape the limits of how far faith-based, publicly funded child welfare agencies can go in selectively choosing what foster or adoptive parents they are willing to work with.


Advocates Fear COVID-19 is Leaving Foster Youth Further Behind in School
When the coronavirus forced Minnesota schools to shift to distance learning in March, the transition from the classroom to not seeing his classmates anymore proved jarring for 6-year-old Cree, who Jon and Helen Tracy took in from foster care two years ago.
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Dave Thomas, founder of Wendy's and The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. Photo: The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption


Michigan Latest State to Target Adoption of Older Foster Youth

Statistics show that the longer kids are in foster care, the harder it is to place them permanently in a loving home. Now, based on the track record of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, Michigan is joining the growing number of states partnering with the national nonprofit to help tackle the problem.

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COVID-19 Tears Through Family with 18 Children

By the time Brittany Jencik, 49, got the call confirming that she had tested positive for COVID-19, the sickness had already spread to her 63-year-old husband, Barry and their children – all 18 of those living at home.

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New York Foster Parents Face a ‘Back to School’ Like No Other

First grade ended on a low note in June for Minda Briaddy’s 7-year-old daughter, who joined the family from foster care at age 4 and is now being adopted. After her in-person classes and special education services ended abruptly due to the coronavirus pandemic, her elementary school in New York’s Adirondack Mountains sent home three bulging envelopes stuffed with worksheets for her to complete at home on her own.


New York City Adoption Agency You Gotta Believe Hires New Leader

You Gotta Believe, a pioneer in the field of finding permanent families for young adults, teens and pre-teens in foster care, has a new leader, allowing the former director, Mary Keane, to return to her first love, program work, after three years at the helm of the nonprofit agency.