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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.
Technology Can Move Child Welfare Forward, Even Amid Budget Cuts
State budgets, heavily impacted by COVID-19 and the resulting economic fallout, are going to be tight this year. Instead of cutting important child welfare services, agencies should determine if there are ways to become more efficient in how they operate.
Some Welcome Federal Input on Foster Home Recruitment and Family Visitation
Two years ago this month, the Family First Prevention Services Act became law and spurred bold reforms in child welfare. By realigning federal funding, Family First is driving system changes to keep more families safely together as well as improve the quality of foster care for children and youth who cannot remain safely at home.
With Foster Care Capacity, The Investment Pays for Itself
What many have called a “foster care crisis” continues to be alive and well in many local and state child welfare systems. Despite the need, both public and private organizations struggle to build needed capacity with a sense of urgency required to meet the needs of children of all ages and backgrounds coming into care.
The Right Things to Track on Foster Care Capacity
Again this year, The Imprint has done a good job of highlighting how our foster care system is working (or not working) across the United States.
In Georgia, we’ve been pleased to see improvements in the number of licensed foster homes available and especially in the number of children and youth in state custody placed with relatives, the latter figure up from 17 percent in 2011 to around 30 percent today.
Revisiting California’s Continuum of Care Reform Initiative
About three years ago I wrote an article published by The Imprint entitled “California’s Continuum of Care Reform – Will It Produce as Promised?”
So has it?
The goal of the Continuum of Care Reform (CCR) was to reduce group home placements by shifting foster youth to family-based services.
NYC’s ‘Home Away from Home’ as a Roadmap to Recruit Foster Parents Across the Country
It takes a special type of person to step forward to be a foster parent. There’s no greater responsibility than caring for children who have been placed in foster care after experiencing abuse or neglect in their homes.
It Takes Partnerships to Recruit and Retain Foster Parents
The Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) operates the largest child welfare agency in the nation. With this comes a great responsibility, and I am extremely grateful to work each day with some of the most dedicated and passionate people in the child welfare arena.
The Top 10 Ways to Lose a Foster Parent
As California continues to implement sweeping changes to its child welfare system through its Continuum of Care Reform, fewer youth are placed in group homes. But the demand for supportive family homes continues to increase.
License to Discriminate: What to Watch for with Faith-Based Protection Laws (UPDATED September 2019)
In 2018, three states – Kansas, Oklahoma and South Carolina – joined the ranks of seven other states in passing laws to enable faith-based child welfare providers to discriminate against foster and adoptive parents, or even foster youth.