# Foster care
The guide to welcome baskets for foster children entering foster care.
When a child enters foster care, there are so many different circumstances that a child has to experience by the time they reach the foster home. Therefore, it is important to help them feel welcome, comfortable, and safe. One of the scariest moments for them is that initial introduction, and one way I have learned to ease the transition and fear is by having a welcome basket just for them. Putting together a Welcome Basket for a child entering foster care is a wonderful way to give a child a positive first impression foster care system and your home.
Hair care and styles for young Black girls in foster care.
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Former Georgia State Senator Nancy Schaefer Exposed Corruption in Child Protective Services
Former Georgia State Senator Nancy Schaefer believed CPS was so corrupt that reform was not possible. Before her death in March 2010, Georgia State Senator Nancy Schaefer exposed corruption in Child Protective Services (CPS).
Former Social Worker Claims Misconduct in the Child Welfare System is Likely Endangering Thousands of Children
Corruption in DCFS has likely endangered thousands of children. Former Los Angeles County social worker Dennis Finn was fired May 22, 2019, in what he claims was an act of retaliation after he raised concerns of misconduct within DCFS (Dept. of Children & Family Services) and became a whistleblower for California state officials.
Teen leaves home Christmas day because parents gave his sister a gaming system, and he only got a frying pan
** This article is based on nonfiction by actual events that I have experienced firsthand; used with permission.**. For many years I worked as a youth advocate for our local church in a small town in Washington state. We had many youths involved in the youth program, and I knew them all by name. Over time, I came to know their families and who they mostly hung out with. I knew personal details about many of them that no one else knew because they just ‘needed someone to talk to.’
Minnesota Proposes Financial Aid for Foster Youth
Minnesota's governor, Tim Walz, has proposed a plan to provide financial assistance to 21-year-olds leaving foster care in the state. The Support Beyond 21 program aims to address the current lack of support for young people leaving care and reduce the risks of homelessness, poverty, and incarceration for this vulnerable population. The program, which could serve up to 175 young people per year, is still awaiting approval from the legislature, but if passed, young people in the program would receive monthly payments for a year, with assistance on budgeting and financial literacy to aid their transition to independence.
Forsyth County church plans to build home to support foster care families
(Forsyth County, GA) The Vine Community Church recently announced plans to build a foster care home on their property. Forsyth County Commissioners approved the plan at their February 16 meeting.
Newlywed couple refuses to take in orphaned little girls living in foster care: 'We’re not parent material'
A young couple from the Midwest is facing a difficult situation that has tested the limits of their commitment and loyalty to family. The wife has written on Reddit about how she and her husband are being accused of being ‘terrible’ people for not taking in orphaned family members.
Couple Refuses to Take in Nieces After Their Mother Dies, Claiming the Girls Will Fare Better in Foster Care
A 21-year-old woman recently posted on Reddit to ask for advice about her predicament. Her husband's 26-year-old sister, a drug addict, died, leaving behind two young daughters, ages six and nine.
Childless husband and wife allowing orphaned nieces to go to foster care rather than adopt them; grandmother upset
Research shows that orphaned children are susceptible to developing psychological problems that cause them to be depressed, angry, deeply sad, have anxiety, and have a tendency to also become withdrawn (source). This is why it is good for family members to take in orphaned children, if possible, rather than allow them to become wards of the state and be put into the foster care system.
Supporting Young Adults Transitioning Out of Foster Care: Arkansas' Latest Program
Life can be challenging, especially for young adults transitioning into adulthood without a support system. This is even more true for those who age out of foster care and don't have anyone to turn to for help. Fortunately, a new program called LifeSet is designed to help young adults adjust to living independently.
On any given day, nearly 407,000 children are in foster care in America
On any given day, nearly 407,000 children are in foster care in America. In 2019, Child Protection Service agencies received an estimated 4.4 million referrals involving the alleged maltreatment.
Son begs adoptive parents for money after not speaking to them for nine years
As of 2020, there were approximately 407,000 children in the United States foster care system. Unfortunately, only around 80,000 children are adopted from the foster care system each year.
Parents forever losing their children's custody for failure to pay money spent by government on foster care
Child endangerment, abuse or abandonment are all grounds for having your parental rights terminated. At least that's what most people know about. In at least 12 states in the United States, failure to pay foster care bills is a good enough reason for losing your children's custody.
Opinion: Child Welfare Laws Are Fundamentally Flawed
The Adoption and Safe Families Act (ASFA) signed into law by President Clinton in 1997 is having the exact opposite effect of its original intention. The purpose of the ASFA was to improve the lives of children in foster care by establishing three primary goals for child welfare. The goals were safety, permanency, and well-being.
Advocacy Group Calls for Action on DCS Crisis
Southern Christian Coalition calls on Gov. Lee to take immediate action to protect kids in state custody. Pastors affiliated with the Southern Christian Coalition today called on Gov. Bill Lee and the Tennessee General Assembly to take immediate action to address the child welfare crisis happening at the state's Department of Children's Services (DCS).
Thousands of Children are Needlessly Placed in the Foster Care System Due to a Perverse Cash Incentive
In California there are currently over 60,000 children in foster care. Los Angeles County accounts for more than half that number, with over 33,000 children in the foster care system.
Governor Gavin Newsom Signs New California Law to Protect Rights of Foster Care Students
Foster Care children have often been a victim of injustice at school. The new California law is supposed to help reduce the suspensions of foster children unrightfully, by providing their legal counsel more opportunities to speak up.
SOS Children’s Villages Florida hosted “The Black Ball” to raise awareness and funds for children in foster care.
SOS Children’s Villages Florida, a foster care community in Coconut Creek, FL, held their annual fundraising gala over the Halloween weekend at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, FL.
Howard's Heart provides holiday cheer for teens in foster care
The Portland-based non-profit focuses efforts on needs that are not provided by the foster care system. The holidays can be hard for many people, but for kids in foster care, the season is not always happy. Separation from family, the feeling of being an outsider, and not being able to participate in holiday traditions make kids feel even more isolated.