A Reason, a Season, or a Lifetime

Relational Permanence Among Young Adults with Foster Care Backgrounds

Report

This study explores the stories and support systems of 29 individuals who recently exited foster care. Readers will learn how these participants feel about family, what their adult relationships look like and what supports they want, and need, as they navigate life after foster care.       

April 23, 2008

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TIme for Reform: Aging Out and On Their Own

More Teens Leaving Foster Care Without A Permanent Family

Report

This report gives a background of foster care issues in need of reform from the kids’ perspective while outlining what policy reforms make sense.

May 28, 2007

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Every Kid Needs a Family: Putting Kin First in Washington, D.C.

Blog Post

When young people come into the care of the child welfare system and cannot live with their own parents, the next best thing a caseworker can do is to find a loving relative or close friend who can keep the child close to home in every sense. Washington, D.C.’s Child and Family Services Agency has made finding kin a top priority, creating a rapid turnaround process to make it as easy as possible for kin to take on the responsibility of caring for a young person.

May 19, 2015

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In Their Best Interest: Placing Kids in Families From the Start

Blog Post

Research shows that families are essential to a child’s healthy development. Additionally, federal law requires that children removed from their homes are placed in the least restrictive setting possible — the setting most like a family. Yet a recent U.S. Department of Health and Human Services report found that 4 out of 10 children in group placements had no reason warrenting such a restrictive setting.

May 19, 2015

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Social Capital: Issue Brief #2

Building Quality Networks for Young People in Foster Care

Brief

This brief discusses the meaning of social capital and how it affects the growth and development of kids in foster care. It’s part of the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative issue brief series for youth engagement. 

May 28, 2012

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