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Public Consulting Group to Take Part in Four Sessions at SXSWedu

Public Consulting Group (PCG) today announced that it has been selected to present at SXSWedu, the leading education conference in Austin, Texas, in March, for the second year in a row. This year, PCG will lead four innovative sessions, once again bringing together thought leaders and experts from across the country to highlight innovation, best practices, and collaboration across a breadth of fields...

22. January 2018
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    Trends defined through most recent Adoptions and Foster Care Analysis Reporting System (AFCARS) data

    The latest compilation of data from the AFCARS report demonstrates a double digit increase in the number of children within the foster care system over the last 10 years. A critical factor in that increase relates to the current opioid epidemic, which is affecting all states and their child welfare agencies.  Of the 437,465 children in the foster care system during Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2016, approximately 68.1% (or 296,643) of the children were placed as a result of drug abuse or neglect...

    • 25. January 2018
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    Budget – Money Is Not the Problem but It’s Not the Solution Either

    For the past decade, funding has been a challenge at every level of government—local, state, and federal. The recession of 2008 was a particularly difficult time for funding across all levels of government, but it was arguably most difficult on the child welfare system as many jurisdictions had to deal with budget cuts brought about by reduced revenue. At the time, state and local government had to review priorities and determine its highest responsibility for prioritizing the distribution of reduced funds.

    • 17. January 2018
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    Office of Inspector General (OIG) releases audits on multiple states

    Congress requested the OIG conduct audits regarding the proper reporting, investigation, and resolution of allegations or referrals of abuse and neglect of children in the foster care system. In recent months, the OIG of the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) ...

     

    • 8. November 2017
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    Foster care payments now required for approved temporary kinship placements in KY, MI, OH, and TN

    On October 10, 2017, the Supreme Court denied a petition to hear a child welfare case about kinship placements decided in January 2017 in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. The Circuit Court ruled on January 27, 2017, that kinship foster families are entitled to the same foster care maintenance payments as unrelated foster parents. D.O., et al. v. Glisson, No. 16-5461 (6th Cir. Jan. 27, 2017). 

     

    • 2. November 2017