This report gives a background of foster care issues in need of reform from the kids’ perspective while outlining what policy reforms make sense. Included is a history of child welfare legislation that makes a case for permanency. 

May 28, 2007

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    What foster care means to the kids involved.

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    How permanency can make a difference in a child’s future.

  3. 3

    How states differ in their care of kids needing foster care.

  4. 4

    What child welfare issues need immediate reform.

Key Takeaway

For many agencies, Finding permanent families for foster kids is not the goal

A troubling aspect of today’s child welfare system is that thousands of foster care youth are assigned the goals of “emancipation” or “long-term foster care”, not the goal of actually finding them a permanent family. And yet, a permanent family is what research shows they need to become caring kids and responsible adults. 

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