FOSTER CARE RESOURCES

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ARTICLES/INFORMATION/RESEARCH
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LBGTQ Kids More Likely to be Mistreated in Foster Care, Wind Up Homeless
"Abuse takes a toll on this vulnerable population when social workers look the other way or foster parents judge gender identity."
takepart.com, August 28, 2014.

Foster children become focus of California schools
"Until now, no state has attempted to identify every foster child in its public schools or to systematically track their progress, much less funnel funds toward those students or require school districts to show they are spending the money effectively.
That changed in California this month as part of a new school funding formula that will direct billions of extra dollars to districts based on how many students they have with low family incomes, learning to speak English or in foster care."
Associated Press, July 13, 2014.

Changing pot laws prompt child endangerment review
"A Colorado man loses custody of his children after getting a medical marijuana card. The daughter of a Michigan couple growing legal medicinal pot is taken by child–protection authorities after an ex–husband says their plants endangered kids. And police officers in New Jersey visit a home after a 9–year–old mentions his mother's hemp advocacy at school.
While the cases were eventually decided in favor of the parents, the incidents underscore a growing dilemma: While a pot plant in the basement may not bring criminal charges in many states, the same plant can become a piece of evidence in child custody or abuse cases."
Associated Press, June 15, 2014.

NC Health News: A Closer Look at Foster Care in the State
"A 2013 scandal involving Wanda Larson, a Union County social services employee and a 11–year–old boy who was found handcuffed to a porch with a dead chicken hanging from his neck prompted state lawmakers to study policies for employees who serve as foster parents in the system."
North Carolina Health News, May 30, 2014.

Group care for foster kids: critics seek phase–out
"According to Casey Foundation figures, some states, such as Kansas, now have 5 percent or less of their foster children in group care, while others — including Colorado, Connecticut and Rhode Island — have more than 20 percent."
Associated Press, May 17, 2014.

MN Counties 'screen out' most child abuse reports
"Bill would require better tracking of child abuse cases that are screened out without investigation."
StarTribune, April 21, 2014.

We are abandoning children in foster care
"(CNN)—In 2012 in the United States, 23,439 children in foster care turned 18 and were 'emancipated' or 'aged out.' In simple terms, most of them were put out into the world on their own without housing, financial assistance or emotional support."
CNN.com, April 17, 2014.

Auditor questions state child protective services
"The state agency charged with protecting children from abuse has neglected its own policies in thousands of cases, according to a new audit, heightening concerns among child welfare advocates who fear the Department of Children and Family Services has been stretched too thin to fulfill its function."
The Advocate, April 15, 2014.

477 Child Deaths: How Florida preserved families but lost kids
"The children were not just casualties of bad parenting, but of a deliberate shift in Florida child welfare policy. DCF leaders made a decision, nearly 10 years ago, to reduce by as much as half the number of children taken into state care, adopting a philosophy known as family preservation. They also, simultaneously, slashed services, monitoring and protections for the increased number of children left with their violent, neglectful, mentally ill or drug-addicted parents.
The result: Many more children died."
Tampa Bay Times, March 16, 2014.

Innocents Lost: Preserving Families, but Losing Children
"After Florida cut down on protections for children in troubled homes, deaths soared. The children died in ways cruel, outlandish, predictable and preventable."
Series of reports from the Miami Herald regarding Florida's "broken" Foster Care System, and how its 'Family Preservation' policies harm children.

Foster Parent Adoption: What Parents Should Know
Fact sheet from the National Adoption Information Clearinghouse

Nebraska Supreme Court rules 16–year–old girl in foster care is too immature to get an abortion
The girl, who was not named in court documents, was placed in a foster home by the state and had asked the court for permission to terminate her pregnancy because Nebraska law requires written parental consent for minors seeking an abortion.
Daily News, October 09, 2013

The Girls Who Haven't Come Home
New York Times, June 06, 2013

Children, Families & Foster Care: Analysis & Recommendations
"This journal issue examines the current state of the foster care system and finds that it is really not a cohesive system but a combination of many overlapping and interacting agencies, all charged with providing services, financial support, or other assistance to children and their families. Lack of coordination among agencies, chronic underfunding, and low morale have led to a system that exacts a toll on everyone it touches."
The Future of Children (Princeton–Brookings), February 11, 2013.

Fostering Parenthood at Harvard
Harvard Crimson, December 2, 2002

DCF Aide is Found Drunk, Cops Say
The Miami Herald, July 27, 2002

Fla. Caseworker Charged in Abuse Case
The Associated Press, July 13, 2002

State Agency to Pay $5 Million to 6 Sexually Abused Children
Sun-Sentinel, May 17, 2002

Feds: Woman Trafficked Vermont Girls to NYC
ABC News, December 14, 2001

Boy May Eventually be Returned to His Family if Certain Conditions Met
The Standard-Examiner, November 27, 2001

Lost Children
Washington Post, September 2001

Attorney General: Child Abuse Reports Are Public Record
Sun-Sentinel, July 25, 2001

Strained System Often Splits Up Siblings in Foster Care
Associated Press, July 22, 2001

Foster Kids May Fare Worse After Returning Home
Reuters Health, July 3, 2001

Children Who Return Home From Foster Care: A 6-Year Prospective Study of Behavioral Health Outcomes in AdolescenceA report from PEDIATRICS, Volume 108, No. 1; July 2001

I.N.S. Both Jailer and Parent to Children Without Nation
The New York Times, June 24, 2001

Lost in the System
Sacramento Bee, June 10, 2001

Abused Foster Children Win $3.3 Million Settlement
The Associated Press, May 25, 2001

Safety Net Sought for Former Foster Kids as They Enter Adult World
Sun-Sentinel, May 24, 2001

Advocates Criticize Medicating Foster Kids
Miami Herald, April 12, 2001

Placement Decisions For Children in Long–term Foster Care: Innovative Practices and Literature Review
Report from the Washington State Institute for Public Policy, February 2001 [PDF]

Foster Care Independence Act of 1999
Final version of the Bill, as passed by both Houses, as well as links to prior versions, references in the Congressional Record, and Bill Summary

Permanency Planning: Sword or Shield?
by Andrew Vachss, Adoptalk, Spring 1984

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ORGANIZATIONS/AGENCIES
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Agencies by State
www.childwelfare.gov/nfcad
State–by–state listing of foster care agencies, from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

Center for Healthier Children, Families, and Communities
1100 Glendon Avenue, Suite 850
Los Angeles, CA 90095-6939 Phone: (310) 794-2583
healthychild.ucla.edu

Kinship Care
Child Welfare League of America
440 First Street, N.W., 3rd Floor
Washington, DC 20001-2085
Phone: (202) 638-2952
www.cwla.org/programs/kinship/

National Abandoned Infants Assistance Resource Center
School of Social Welfare, UC Berkeley
1950 Addison Street, Suite 104
Berkeley, CA 94704-1182
Phone: (510) 643-8390
Education and legislative information re "boarder babies," infants prenatally exposed to alcohol, drugs, or HIV, then abandoned in hospitals.
http://cssr.berkeley.edu/ucb_childwelfare/TopicDefault.aspx

National Foster Parent Association
7512 Stanich Ave. #6
Gig Harbor, WA 98335
Phone: (253) 853-4000
Toll-free: 1-800-557-5238
www.nfpainc.org

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