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Introducing "Who Cares: A National Count of Foster Homes and Families"
Introducing the new website for an annual data and reporting project aimed at increasing the knowledge base about where youth go when they are removed from their homes by child welfare agencies. This website includes nationwide datasets, state profiles and feature stories about recruiting and retaining caregivers.
California’s $140 Million Bet on Foster Parent Recruitment
California has spent about $140 million over the past three-plus years to find foster parents for California’s most vulnerable children, but some are worried that some of these funds were little more than a giveaway to county child welfare departments, with little oversight from the state and an uncertain impact.
Government is not the best first responder to family crisis. Family is.
"Let’s work to ensure that extended family approach and restructure our government child welfare services to support families in doing what they have always done and have always felt called to do—care for their own."
We Want Kids to Grow Up in Safe Families. So Let’s Measure That.
Andy Barclay and Melissa Carter of the Barton Child Law and Policy Center make the case for a new way of gauging a state's performance on child welfare and well-being. The central metric, they argue, should be how much time children spend in the care of their nuclear and extended family.