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Youth with Disabilities in the Foster Care System: Barriers to Success and Proposed Policy Solutions from National Council on Disabilities

Youth with Disabilities in the Foster Care System: Barriers to Success and Proposed Policy Solutions from National Council on Disabilities – http://purl.access.gpo.gov/GPO/LPS91117

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • What sorts of conditions can disabled youth face when they age out of foster care?
  • What are “connecting activities” and why might foster youth need them more?
  • What is the Ansell-Casey Life Skills Assessment?
  • What are wraparound services?

Description:

From the introduction:

The purpose of this report is to provide policymakers, primarily at the federal and state levels, with information about youth with disabilities in foster care, so that policymakers can begin to understand the characteristics of this population; the challenges they face; how they fare with regard to safety, permanency, self-determination and self-sufficiency, enhanced quality of life, and community integration; and how the complex array of existing programs and services could be better designed to improve these outcomes.

The main text is followed by several appendices, including:

  • Appendix A: Glossary of Relevant Terms
  • Appendix B: Relevant Federal Programs and Systems
  • Appendix C: Promising Practices and Exemplary Programs

The first two may be helpful in building appropriate vocabulary in your stories. The third might help you envision programs that give hope to your foster child characters.

Endnotes start on page 159 of the PDF file. Some endnotes refer to statements by foster care alumni.

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: A Call To Action

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: A Call To Action from Administration for Children and Families, Region IV (US Health & Human Services) – http://statelibrary.sc.libguides.com/ld.php?content_id=11974

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • What are some characteristics of grandparent caregivers in the South?
  • What is kinship care? What are three legal arrangements for it?
  • What are some negatives about being a grandparent caregiver?
  • What’s the state with the highest number of grandparents caring for their grandchildren?

Description:

Twenty page publication outlining statistics and resources on caregiving grandparents.

Sibling issues in foster care and adoption from childwelfare.gov

Sibling issues in foster care and adoption from childwelfare.gov – http://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/siblingissues/siblingissues.pdf

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • What are some non-typical types of sibling relationships?
  • What are some typical caseworker attitudes towards placing siblings together?
  • How does the rate of sibling incest compare to the rate of parent-child incest?
  • What are ways to encourage sibling ties when they cannot be placed together?

Description:

Fifteen page publication covering the following topics:

  • Defining a sibling relationship
  • The importance of siblings
  • Sibling relationships in abusive or neglectful families
  • Benefits of placing siblings together
  • Barriers to placing siblings together
  • Policies and practices for keeping siblings together
  • When siblings cannot live together
  • Maintaining ties between separated siblings
  • Sibling issues within the foster or adoptive family
  • Resources for promoting intact placement of sibling groups

This publication could be helpful in planning out family relationships.

Resources for Foster Parents from childwelfare.gov

Resources for Foster Parents from childwelfare.gov – https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/outofhome/resources-foster-families/

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • What are ways that people might be recruited into being a foster family?
  • What are some red-flag behaviors of children who have been sexually abused?
  • What are some special considerations for taking care of Muslim minors?
  • What are some suggested practices for foster parents relating to birth parents?

Description:

Set of articles around the following topics:

  • Recruiting foster parents
  • Preparing foster parents
  • Supporting and retaining foster parents
  • Foster parent – birth parent relationships
  • Related resources

State Specific Resources from childwelfare.gov

State Specific Resources from childwelfare.gov – http://www.childwelfare.gov/#state

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • In what states are clergy mandatory reporters of child abuse?
  • What states class parental drug use is classified as child abuse?
  • What states require an adoptee undergo counseling before being given information about his birth family?
  • What adoption assistance is available in Alaska?
  • What is the child/employee ratio for permanent placement workers in California?

Description:

Child welfare practices vary from state to state. This site helps you fine tune your story with state specific information in the following areas:

  • State Statutes Search
  • National Foster Care & Adoption Directory
  • State Guides & Manuals Search
  • State Related Organizations Lists
  • Adoption Assistance by State
  • Child Welfare Workload Compendium

 

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