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Advocating For Kids In Foster Care: Legislative Session 2017

By Allison Gilbreath Note: this was originally posted Voices for Virginia’s Children. Updated January 19, 2017. In 2016, Voices successfully advocated for the inclusion of Fostering Futures in the budget. Fostering Futures supports youth who age out of Foster Care to age 21 by providing casework, housing, tuition assistance, among other things. We will monitor budget discussions to ensure the...

Connecticut Voices for Children celebrates the release of “Home: Voices of Connecticut’s Foster Youth”

By Bianca Rey, Connecticut Voices for Children On January 11, 2015, Connecticut Voices for Children celebrated the release of Home: Voices of Connecticut’s Foster Youth, with a book event at Metro Bis Restaurant in Simsbury, CT. Youth in state care – whether involved in the state’s child welfare or juvenile justice systems – are some...

Major child welfare reform legislation to come in new year

By Shadi Houshyar Congress, and the Senate Finance Committee in particular, has long demonstrated leadership on and commitment to child welfare reforms. A number of critical reforms have been enacted by Congress in recent years, including the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act (2014), Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act (2008) and...

New Report Urges Continued Support for Helping States’ Keep Kids in Families

In the past decade, the percentage of children placed in congregate care settings has significantly decreased at a greater rate than the overall foster care. This trend reflects a growing consensus within the child welfare field that restrictive institutional settings for foster children should be used sparingly, for short periods of time, and only when...

State Advocates Convene at Strengthening Families Act Implementation Meeting

On Tuesday, June 9, First Focus’s State Advocacy and Reform Center (SPARC) hosted a meeting in Washington, D.C. in conjunction with the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative. The goal of the meeting was to provide a forum for state advocates to come together and discuss the various provisions of the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening...