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

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

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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A Guide to Support the Implementation of Foster Care Beyond 18

Questions and Answers, Summary of Federal Fostering Connections Guidance and Perspectives from the Field

This guide arms policy and program leaders with clear answers, advice and resources on implementing extended foster care in their state. It is a product of Success Beyond 18, a national campaign by the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative aimed at forging a better path for young people who are transitioning from foster care to adulthood.

March 1, 2014

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