ERIC Number: ED440187
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Policies and Practices. Shortening Children's Stays in Temporary Care, Part One. Family to Family: Tools for Rebuilding Foster Care.
Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.
The Family to Family initiative has encouraged states to reconceptualize, redesign, and reconstruct their foster care systems. By 1996, the initiative was being implemented in five states and six counties in two additional states. Drawing on the experiences of Family to Family participants, a framework for child welfare leaders working to reduce the number of children in foster care over 18 months has been developed. This paper opens with a description of recent changes in foster care and a review of the challenges the child welfare system has faced. It then describes how the Family to Family initiative has attempted to reform the system and reduce lengths of stay. The characteristics of children in care and the problems their families face are discussed, as are the barriers that have contributed to children's lengthy stays. The results of Family to Family approaches are reported in the areas of public policy, program management and structure, and program operations. In addition to protecting and supporting children within their family and cultural networks, services for children and families of color need to be improved in other ways. This will require changes throughout the entire child welfare system. Four appendixes contain results from 1996 focus groups, a list of Family to Family programs, a risk assessment matrix, and a checklist for establishing family group conferences. (Contains 71 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.