4/15/2021

Missouri Lawmakers Pass Tax Breaks to Foster and Adoptive Caregivers

The Missouri House of Representatives unanimously passed two bills on Jan. 27 that would increase financial support for foster and adoptive parents. Now, they await approval by the Senate.

House Bill 429 would provide a tax deduction for foster parents — $2,500 for a single parent, $5,000 for a married couple — who have been caretaking for at least six months.

4/15/2021

Kids in Foster Care to Have Own Attorneys Under New Arizona Law
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R).

Arizona on Wednesday became the latest state to require that children involved in abuse or neglect cases be appointed an attorney to represent their best interest.

4/15/2021

A New Direction for Los Angeles CASA Program: Fighting Systemic Bias
Charity Chandler-Cole serves on the Los Angeles County Commission for Children and Families.

This week, Charity Chandler-Cole will start her new job as chief executive officer of Los Angeles County’s court-appointed special advocates, or CASA.

4/14/2021

Concerns Over Equity as Minnesota Crafts Foster Care Prevention Plan
Illustration by Christine Ongjoco.

Minnesota child welfare leaders have been meeting with community stakeholders and advocates on establishing a new foster care prevention plan, built around the use of new federal funding available for that goal. 

4/9/2021

Despite the Challenges of the Past, I Have Hope for My Future
Sabrina Alvarez shares her challenges overcoming her early childhood.

I’m not going to start my story with “I have always felt like I never fit in” or “I have overcome all my struggles” because that wouldn’t be true.

4/9/2021

Finding Stability Within the Child Welfare System
Sabrina Abong shares how she found stability despite moving through eight different homes.

I have been in eight different homes and this is my experience with the child welfare system. I want child abuse and neglect to end within the child welfare system.

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4/8/2021

Arizona Launches Portal to Connect Former Foster Youth with Pandemic Relief

Many of Arizona’s current and former youth are in line for more federal help to get them through the pandemic, the state Department of Child Safety has announced.

The change means young adults currently in foster care and former foster youth who have not yet turned 27 years old will be able to tap funds made available under a law Congress passed in December, the COVID-19 Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2020.

4/1/2021

Color-Blind Ambition
Driven by evidence that child welfare decision-makers judge parents of color more harshly and are more likely to remove their children, there is growing interest in a program that proposes to weed out racial bias when social workers weighing allegations of abuse and neglect decide whether to remove a child from their parents.

3/30/2021

Study: Foster Youth Lack Basic Financial Literacy
Illustration courtesy of ClipArtKey

Financial literacy can be safely added to the long list of deficits young people with a background in the foster care system face, according to a study of the rarely examined problem.