Child Welfare, Foster Care, Family Preservation - Ronnita Waters, LCSW

Doin' The Work

We discuss the child welfare system, foster care, family preservation, and various interventions that take place for children and families in this complex system. We discuss the child welfare system, foster care, family preservation, and various interventions that take place for children and families in this complex system. Episode 14 Guest: Ronnita Waters, LCSW Host: Shimon Cohen, LCSW www.dointhework.com.

Unique Issues of Children in Foster Care

Counselor Toolbox podcast

Foster care is an active intervention with the goal of helping the young child to recover from their traumatic experience, not just a “place to stay.” ~ The foster/resource parent is an essential partner in the recovery of the young child. Transitions for young children should be carefully planned Summary ~ Young traumatized children’s reactions and behaviors are best understood in the context of relationship. Transitions for young children should be carefully planne

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Shelter Partners With Let It Be Us for Emergency Foster Care Program

Shelter, Inc

Shelter is proud to announce a $2,000,000 grant from the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) to partner with Let It Be Us for a new Emergency Foster Care Program. However, it may take days or even weeks to match the child with the right foster home.

Foster Care in America: Realities, Challenges and Solutions

KVC

Whether foster care seems like something you’re called to or your are simply curious to learn more, you’re in the right place. On any given day, nearly 407,000 children are in foster care in America. The primary goal of foster care is reunification.

What Are the Mental Health Consequences of Foster Care?

Famcare

Foster children face numerous difficulties. Staying in a foster care facility is difficult in any situation and can have serious consequences for a child's behavioral and mental health. Foster Care Family and Child Welfare

Foster care as a shakedown scheme

NCCPR Child Welfare Blog

Taken together, they reveal a hellscape which, even if it is not designed to squeeze every last dollar out of poor families, perpetuate their poverty and prolong the trauma of foster care nevertheless does exactly that. That led to the child being thrown into foster care.

Foster Care Programs: Because Every Child Deserves a Family

Shelter, Inc

May being National Foster Care Month, I asked Erica Schultz, our Foster Care Licensing Specialist, what she would like to tell people about our programs. First, the goals of Shelter’s Foster Care Programs are different from adoption agencies.

You get what you pay for: How Florida shifted funding priorities to foster care

NCCPR Child Welfare Blog

Florida calls it a “Community-Based Care” (CBC) system of “child welfare,” but both those terms are euphemisms.) But by 2015, the year after Miller’s Innocents Lost series started a foster-care panic, that was gone.

20 Success Stories: Mental Health, Family Reunification, Foster Care and Adoption Support Transform Lives

KVC

Teen Brother and Sister Follow Different Paths After Foster Care. Our Two Families Became One’: Fostering Leads to Adoption and a Lifelong Relationship. We’re So Thankful We Said Yes to Fostering Teens!’: Everyone goes through tough times.

If there’s another foster-care panic in NYC, it’s on The New York Times

NCCPR Child Welfare Blog

So the public was primed to scapegoat family preservation when Nixzmary Brown died in January, 2006 – leading to a foster-care panic , a sharp sudden increase in the number of children torn from everyone they know and love and consigned to the chaos of foster care.

National Foster Care Month – Thank you for being a part of the village

National Casa Gal

May is National Foster Care Month. With more than 407,000 children entering the system on any given day, National CASA/GAL is thankful for foster families. Read More.

KVC Health Systems and Emporia State University Launch Data Analytics Research to Benefit Children in Foster Care

KVC

KVC Health Systems’ largest subsidiary, KVC Kansas , has been a foster care case management provider on behalf of the Kansas Department for Children and Families since 1996. Across every sector, the value of data analytics is skyrocketing.

NCCPR in Florida Today on what the Miami Herald’s foster-care panic is doing to children

NCCPR Child Welfare Blog

So all those children needlessly separated; all those taken from homes that were safe or could have been made safe with the right kinds of help only to be abused in foster care, suffered for nothing. They were victims of a “foster-care panic” — a sharp, sudden increase in removals of children from their homes that often follows high-profile child abuse deaths — especially when that coverage goes out of its way to scapegoat family preservation.

Brittney Barros Briefs Congress on Foster Care Legislation

Michigan Social Work

Brittney Barros, dual MSW and MPP student, will brief Congress this week on the Protecting Sibling Relationships in Foster Care Act, legislation which Barros developed as a 2018 intern with the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI).

New Research Analyzes the Effects of Foster Care on Children’s Well-Being?

Children and the Law Blog

New research, published in April analyzes the effectiveness of the foster care system in Michigan.[1] 1] In what is perhaps a surprising result, children who enter the foster care system are better off than their peers who remain with their parents.

Let the NYC family police teach you how to dissemble like a pro!

NCCPR Child Welfare Blog

Our robust continuum of family support services has successfully led to a 36% reduction in the number of children entering foster care from 2017 to 2021, But the number went up again in 2022. with foster care now at all-time low of less than 7,200 children.

The Illinois “Public Guardian’s” big little lie

NCCPR Child Welfare Blog

Children can be held in foster care for months before a court ever decides if the child was, in fact, abused or neglected. Such a panic has swept through the state , creating an artificial “shortage” of foster homes.

Keeping Families Strong

Shelter, Inc

May is National Foster Care Month, and this year’s theme is Relative and Kin Connections: Keeping Families Strong. Over 407,000 children and youth are in foster care , and 34 percent were placed with relatives or kin. View State of Illinois Foster Care Requirements .

What Sets Our Case Management Platform Apart?

Famcare

Knowing the reasons that set it apart highlights the advantages it offers those individuals — the healthcare providers, caseworkers, foster care parents and countless others — who directly influence and care for the most vulnerable population in the country — children.

NCCPR news and commentary round-up, week ending August 23, 2022

NCCPR Child Welfare Blog

S he describes her own experience of retaliation after she complained about one of the private foster care agencies with which ACS contracts, offers an overview of how “predictive analytics” makes things worse, and makes clear we need to dig deeper into how ACS is using it. ?

New KVC Thriving Magazine: Find Out Why KVC Is a Great Place to Work and Read New Success Stories

KVC

If you, like millions of people, are looking for an inspiring mission, a sense of purpose, more flexibility, and caring coworkers, KVC Health Systems might be more than your favorite nonprofit to support; it might also be your next employer.

The good news: A public radio station in Kansas City talked to the right people for a "child welfare" story. The bad news: They still missed the point

NCCPR Child Welfare Blog

The premise is that because of the “shortage,” children can’t see their parents while in foster care, and families don’t get the guidance they need to jump through all the hoops they must surmount to prove themselves worthy of getting their children back.

Proposed New York City Law shows how mandatory child abuse reporting makes everything worse

NCCPR Child Welfare Blog

That would make everything ten times worse for the children by subjecting them to traumatic investigations and stripsearches and possibly consigning them to the chaos of foster care.

Disproportionate Representation of Children of Color in the Child Welfare System

Children and the Law Blog

The child welfare system and foster care were initially implemented as tools to help provide assistance to dependent children while the biological parents were temporarily unable to do so either because of neglect or abuse in the home.

A Helpful Guide to KVC’s Mental Health and Child Welfare Services in Kansas and Missouri

KVC

Or, if you’re not looking for services, learn how you can join KVC as an advocate, volunteer, financial supporter, event sponsor, foster or adoptive parent, or even team member. See below or click here to see a helpful graphic that shows what our continuum of care is.

NCCPR news and commentary round-up, week ending September 27, 2022

NCCPR Child Welfare Blog

Every family policing agency routinely violates federal law requiring “reasonable efforts” to keep families together instead of just rushing to throw the kids into foster care. In Maryland, they’re paying to house foster youth in hotels because, supposedly, there’s no other placement. But many children are in foster care because their parents don’t have housing. child abuse child welfare family preservation foster care round-up

“Whose family values do we stand for?”: Remembering Rep. Patsy Mink’s courageous stand against ASFA

NCCPR Child Welfare Blog

867 because I object to the removal of the safeguards which now protect the rights of parents whose children have been placed in foster care. The temporary best interests of the child may be to move him or her into a foster home.

Reunification: How Foster Parents and Birth Parents Can Work Together

KVC

Foster parents can especially be a welcome source of encouragement and reassurance to birth parents and can act as their parenting partners while their children are in foster care. Click here to learn more about becoming a foster parent.

National CASA/GAL hosts special 40th Anniversary Day of Giving on June 7

National Casa Gal

40 Years of Impact Event News court appointed special advocate Day of Giving foster careCASA/GAL supporters are encouraged to make a gift on June 7, as we aim to raise $40,000 to support the continued growth and development of our nationwide network. Read More.

An ugly video illustrates that in “child welfare” health terrorism is still the go-to tactic

NCCPR Child Welfare Blog

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NCCPR news and commentary round-up, week ending September 19, 2022

NCCPR Child Welfare Blog

They said my child would be safer in foster care than with me," said the mother of Ja'Ceon Terry, "but see the outcome of what happened." In a story that should come as a shock to absolutely no one, MedPage Tod ay reports on a study which found that “ Punitive Policies for Substance Use in Pregnancy Tied to Worse Obstetric Care. child abuse child welfare family preservation foster care round-up

NCCPR news and commentary round-up, week ending July 12, 2022

NCCPR Child Welfare Blog

Now, NBC News has exposed the massive, state-sanctioned neglect of foster youth’s education in that state. OK, “Children’s Rights,” this is an issue that involves young people already in foster care – yet your McLawsuit does nothing about this, either. Wade somehow is not a problem because, you know, foster care: But the foster system and adoption are far from panaceas. Black children also remain longer in the foster care system than White children.

The violence of family policing, in analog and digital form

NCCPR Child Welfare Blog

In a couple of ways, Abdurahman was fortunate: She has the education and the experience with the system – she was a kinship foster parent for her brother’s children – to know how to fight back, how to document everything and how to go on offense.

Training for foster carers helps to improve child behaviour

Martin Webber

Independent fostering agencies (IFAs) have played a key role in helping local authorities meet the increased demand for foster care placements since the death of Baby Peter. In addition to supplying more foster carers, they. Foster care Social work research

A Pennsylvania case illustrates again why, for children, “best interests of the child” is among the most dangerous phrases in the “child welfare” lexicon

NCCPR Child Welfare Blog

But once home from the hospital, the children still are left in foster care – with foster parents who are eager to adopt. Presumably this also would rule out a large proportion of those providing kinship foster care, since they tend to be grandparents.

At last! One news organization gets the makeshift placement story right!

NCCPR Child Welfare Blog

That means there still is plenty of opportunity to free up “capacity” by not filling family foster homes with children who don’t need to be there. child abuse child welfare Devereux family preservation foster care Glen Mills Philadelphia DHS residential treatment RTCs Samantha Melamed

Miracle in Pinellas County, Florida! Child Abuse suddenly plummets by 50%! (Unless there’s some OTHER reason the sheriff suddenly found a way to stop taking away so many kids)

NCCPR Child Welfare Blog

Later, Gualtieri bragged about refusing requests from the former “lead agency” running foster care in the county, Eckerd Connects, to please stop taking so many kids.

The good news: A public radio station in Kansas City talked to the right people for a "child welfare" story. The bad news: They still missed the point

NCCPR Child Welfare Blog

The premise is that because of the “shortage,” children can’t see their parents while in foster care, and families don’t get the guidance they need to jump through all the hoops they must surmount to prove themselves worthy of getting their children back.

NCCPR news and commentary round-up, week ending Sept. 6, 2022

NCCPR Child Welfare Blog

The Imprint reports on how, probably in response to excellent reporting from NPR , Washington State will stop forcing parents to pay ransom to get their kids back from foster care. child abuse child welfare family preservation foster care round-up

The youth the Massachusetts Child Advocate wants to silence in court

NCCPR Child Welfare Blog

As is discussed in detail in this previous post , Mossaides goes further, making recommendations that would effectively silence young people who know that their parents took good care of them in spite of drug problems, and who know that staying with those parents is a better option than foster care.