If you aren’t much into politics or finance, but you want to be engaged in the big picture of care for our nation’s foster children — have I got an infographic for you. Or rather, The Annie E. Casey Foundation created one, just take a look. Two key federal funding sources for child welfare agencies have been on the decline for the past decade and they continue to shrink.
Do you think $600 a month is enough to raise a foster child in New York City? If not (and I’ll vouch that it’s definitely not) then you’ll want to keep updated on “Title IV-E” and funding. The Annie E. Casey Foundation also published a very visually pleasing graphic “When Child Welfare Works,” which proposes several alternatives and solutions for the decline in foster care funding. Some changes include requiring kinship foster parents be licensed, allowing foster parents to continue to receive reimbursement while foster children are in residential treatment (ensuring that they have a home to return to and reducing their time in the more restrictive setting), and increasing tax credits for fostering teens, sibling groups, and children with special needs.
I’d love to see this happen!
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