Helping Children Thrive in Foster Care and Beyond
Brief: Implementing Trauma-Informed Practices in Child Welfare

Brief: Implementing Trauma-Informed Practices in Child Welfare

According to the 2012 Report of the Attorney General’s National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence, 46 million children living in the United States will have their lives affected by violence, crime, abuse, or psychological trauma this year. The Task Force recommends that every professional or advocate serving children exposed to violence and psychological...
Brief: Reunification of Foster Children with their Families

Brief: Reunification of Foster Children with their Families

This brief , authored by John Sciamanna, discusses reunification of foster children with their families. It describes some of the challenges of reunification and reunification services (including limited federal financing, scarce existing research and information), highlights promising state practices, and provides a few concrete ideas on what state advocates can do. It starts with the important...
Webinar: Raising the Bar: Child Welfare’s Shift Towards Well-Being

Webinar: Raising the Bar: Child Welfare’s Shift Towards Well-Being

SPARC and the Center for the Study of Social Policy hosted this webinar on September 12, 2013. Speakers included: Clare Anderson, Deputy Commissioner, Administration on Children, Youth and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Amy Templeman, Well Being Supervisor, Office of Well-Being for the District of Columbia Child and Family Services Agency; Carla Perkins,...
Brief: The Reauthorization of the Adoption Incentive Fund: Opportunities to Expand Reinvestment of State Funds into Child Welfare Services

Brief: The Reauthorization of the Adoption Incentive Fund: Opportunities to Expand Reinvestment of State Funds into Child Welfare Services

This fall Congress is likely to reauthorize the adoption incentives program, a federal fund that awards states annually if they succeed in increasing the number of children adopted from foster care. The original fund was created by the 1997 Adoption and Safe Families Act (ASFA) as part of a more global strategy to push states...
Not Knowing Your Rights is Like Having No Rights At All

Not Knowing Your Rights is Like Having No Rights At All

Oregon’s Foster Youth Bill of Rights Demonstrates the Power of Youth-Led Advocacy By Pamela Butler, Child Welfare Policy Manager, Children First for Oregon On June 27, Governor John Kitzhaber signed Senate Bill 123 into law, establishing a Foster Youth Bill of Rights for children in Oregon. The bill passed both the House and Senate with unanimous...