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) has released audits completed on aspects of child welfare agency requirements in California, New York, and Texas. When a child welfare agency is fully operational and claims Title IV-E, a federal requirement for the agency is to ensure that all allegations and referrals of child abuse and neglect are properly reported, investigated, and resolved. This requirement refers to both allegations of the child’s original home as well as of a foster home or placement following removal; however, children in foster care were the focus of these OIG audits in California, New York, and Texas. [More]

Rural Areas – Sometimes It’s the Distance, Not the Journey

Providing services to children and families has always been a challenging and complex problem. Through agencies, these services are often contracted to local providers. Distance, travel, and method of transportation have always been a further complicating factor, especially in rural areas. As an Indiana governor suggested – “identify a problem, fix a problem, don’t embrace it.” [More]

Foster Care Crisis - What’s an Agency to Do? Part 2

Increasing demands for licensed foster homes have led many jurisdictions across the country to review their foster care services for children coming into their care. Though critical, these reviews are only one piece of a very complex puzzle. Child welfare agencies must also review the foster care system in the context of the current increasing demand, challenging family circumstances, and trauma children coming into the system. [More]

Foster Care Crisis - What’s an Agency to Do? Part 1

Child welfare agencies in jurisdictions across the country face a growing foster care crisis: decreasing numbers of licensed foster homes can’t support the increasing demand for licensed out of home placement, fueled, in part, by the opioid and prescription drug crisis. What is causing this shift in the demand for traditional licensed foster homes? While the recent increase in agency referrals has exacerbated the crisis of too few licensed foster homes, several other factors are at play... [More]

A Great and Historic Partnership

An historic coalition has recently formed, one that has the potential to impact the child welfare community for decades. The American Public Human Services Association (APHSA) and the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities (Alliance) have partnered to host a joint summit from April 30-May 3 to “advance solutions within and across sectors to improve outcomes for individuals, families and communities.” In these uncertain and changing times, the need to explore new methods of obtaining resources and gaining funding support has never been more critical. Only with strong, dynamic and insightful leadership can changes of the nature needed in child welfare occur. This coalition is such an example. [More]

Brief - Child Welfare / Child Neglect

Highlights of a paper by Public Consulting Group and the Institute for Child Success. Click here for the white paper.

Neuroscience shows us that by redressing child neglect, child welfare agencies can not only reduce human suffering, but equip generations of children to become productive members of society. State policymakers can now build on scientific facts to raise the odds of success for youth born into challenging circumstances, break the inter-generational cycle of child neglect, and ease the burden on our systems of child welfare, education, and criminal justice. [More]

Foster Care and Medicaid

Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), youth who were in foster care and receiving Medicaid on their 18th birthday are categorically eligible for Medicaid until their 26th birthday, regardless of their income. The provision in the law aligned with the extended coverage of young adults whose parents have private health insurance. On October 18, 2016, Columbia University’s School of Public Health released a policy brief reporting that an estimated 180,000 young people who have aged out of foster care are eligible for extended health care coverage. [More]

Alyce Spotted Bear and Walter Soboleff Commission on Native Children Act goes to the President

To address national concerns and issues related to the education, health and safety of Native children, Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) and Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) introduced the Alyce Spotted Bear and Walter Soboleff Commission on Native Children Act. Congress recently passed the Act, eight years after the Fostering Connections legislation was passed in 2008 to allow Native American tribes to develop and operate their own child welfare systems. [More]

Ensuring educational stability for children in foster care

On June 23, 2016, the U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a joint document addressing the Early and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965, which was reauthorized when Congress passed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) in December 2015. The joint publication outlines ways that foster children will be better supported through collaboration with Local Education Agencies (LEAs) and State Education Agencies (SEAs). Such collaboration is important, as seen under the guidance of the Fostering Connections Act of 2008: there is evidence that when State and local level child welfare and education agencies work together, their collaborative efforts can impact the education of children in foster care. [More]

Adopting Science-based Policies to Combat Child Neglect Can Increase Wellbeing, Boost Opportunity, and Curb Costs of Government, Concludes Report by Institute for Child Success and Public Consulting Group

Boston, MA – March 31, 2016. Neuroscience-based policies to combat child neglect can usher a new era of wellbeing and opportunity while reducing strain on government services, according to a recent report by the Institute for Child Success and Public Consulting Group, a leading public sector consulting firm. [More]