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Federal Audit Slams Kansas Child Welfare System
Federal auditors recently faulted Kansas’ Department for Children and Families for allowing residents of its foster care group homes to be chronically exposed to potentially hazardous conditions, even though the state regularly inspected the facilities.
Missouri Child Welfare Overhaul Includes Kinship Diversion, Access to Birth Documents
Missouri has made it easier for an adult relative to temporarily look after the children of kin without legally removing them into foster care.
That’s one of several substantive changes to the state’s child welfare system that Gov.
It’s Time for State Prevention Services Systems
As we navigate the effects of a global pandemic and economic recession, we have the opportunity to rethink the ways we provide services and supports to children and families before they find themselves in crisis.
Advocates Propose New Deal-style Assistance for Transitional Foster Youth
California lawmakers may have helped older foster youth from some of the immediate ravages of the coronavirus pandemic in the state’s recently passed budget, but the San Francisco-based Youth Law Center says it’s time to look forward and start planning now for long-term recovery strategies.
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.
Foster Youth At The Nexus of Two American Crises
The Imprint has recently published dozens of articles exploring the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on foster youth, and how they perceive and participate in this country’s current reckoning with systemic and institutional racism.
CHAMPS Report Finds States Struggling with Foster Parent Recruitment
The recruitment and retention of foster parents — a critical but often overlooked aspect of development for children in foster care — has never been easy, and the coronavirus pandemic has made it perhaps harder than ever, according to a new report from CHAMPS, a national policy campaign that focuses on promoting high-quality foster parenting.
New York Taps Family First Act Fund to Prevent Aging Out During Pandemic
For months since the eruption of the deadly coronavirus, youth and advocates have been imploring New York to allow young people in the foster care system to continue receiving financial and housing support beyond their 21st birthday.
Lawsuit: Kansas Agrees to Ambitious Foster Care Reforms
Kansas has agreed to a slate of dramatic changes to its child welfare system aimed at ending housing and mental health failures that destabilize youth in foster care.
Child advocates who brought the civil rights lawsuit in 2018 said it was past time to end what they called “state-sanctioned homelessness.”
In a First, California Foster Youth Outperform Peers in Applying for Federal College Aid
While the country plunges ever deeper into uncertainty amid the worsening coronavirus pandemic, ongoing protests, and a looming high-stakes presidential election, California foster youth still see a future in academia – and they are applying in record numbers for federal help to attend college.