Helping Children Thrive in Foster Care and Beyond

New Series of Papers Released by Children’s Bureau on Integrating Safety, Permanency and Well-Being in Child Welfare

By Rricha Mathur, First Focus Policy Research Associate and Program Manager The Children’s Bureau recently released a series of papers highlighting the importance of a well-being framework for promoting the healthy development of children and youth in the child welfare system. The well-being framework looks at the problem of child abuse from a more comprehensive...

Making Outreach and Enrollment Work for Former Foster Youth

Kate Lewandowski,  Senior Policy Analyst, Community Catalyst Meghan Arrigo, Manager, Arizona Youth Opportunities Initiative This blog post originally appeared in the Community Catalyst blog.   As we gear up for the next open enrollment period, it’s worth revisiting the ACA’s provision for former foster youth. Thanks to the ACA, youth who age out of foster...
Brief: The Affordable Care Act and Youth Aging Out of Foster Care

Brief: The Affordable Care Act and Youth Aging Out of Foster Care

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), beginning on January 1, 2014, states must now provide Medicaid coverage for individuals under age 26 who were in foster care at age 18 and receiving Medicaid.  This provision parallels one that allows all young people to stay on their parent’s health insurance until age 26. For youth who have spent time in foster...

Brief: A New Year and New Medicaid Coverage for Former Foster Youth

Signed into law on March 23, 2010, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) makes a number of improvements to Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), helping millions of Americans access affordable health coverage. Thanks to the ACA, beginning on January 1, all youth who turned 18 in foster care between 2007 and 2013 are...

North Carolina state policy aims to make it easier for adopted children to get mental health treatment

By Laura W. Boyd, Ph.D., Public Policy and Government Relations Consultant, Foster Family-based Treatment Association Finally, a state has responded to a need that afflicts adoptive families in all states! Ask any child welfare advocate/professional whether in the public or private sector and you will hear of struggle after struggle by adopted parents to gain access to...