Model Family Foster Home Licensing Standards

Model Family Foster Home Licensing Standards
 
The American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Generations United and the National Association for Regulatory Administration have developed Model Family Foster Home Licensing Standards that, for the first time, help ensure children in foster care are safe while also establishing a reasonable, common - sense pathway to enable more relatives and non - related caregivers to become licensed foster parents. These standards, which are the only comprehensive national guidelines, fill a previous void by giving the federal government a set of clear and practical requirements to reference and guide states in their efforts to license homes. Under federal law, states have extraordinary flexibility to create family foster home licensing standards, and the law requires only that states develop guidelines “reasonably in accord” with national organizations’ recommendations.
 
 
Authors: ABA Center on Children & the Law, Generations United, Annie E. Casey Foundation, National Association for Regulatory Administration
Date: 2014