Foster Care

A Proclamation on National Foster Care Month, 2024

The nearly 370,000 children in foster care deserve to grow up in safe and loving homes that help them reach their full potential.  During National Foster Care Month, we share our gratitude for the foster parents who show foster youth … Read More

Co-designing a Kin-first Culture Approach in Child Welfare – Public Service Design Conference 2023

Bloom Works and the Washington state Department of Children, Youth and Families share how they used service design and co-design to help children in the foster care system stay connected to their extended families, and overcome systemic barriers to kin … Read More

Trauma-Informed Housing

An Approach to Empower Residents in Affordable Housing Design, Services, and Management Public and assisted housing provides affordable, stable housing to people with low incomes—including seniors, people with disabilities, and families with children. However, policies and practices around affordable housing … Read More

Transracial Adoption Conversations (T.R.A.C.) Coaching: Engaging Transracial Adoptive Caregivers in Conversations on Race and Meeting Children’s Racial Identity Needs Over the Lifespan

Transracial adoptions continue to grow in the United States, and transracial adoptions have outpaced the growth of same race adoptions. Between 2005-2007 and 2017-2019, the number of transracial adoptions increased by 58% while the number of same race adoptions increased … Read More

Moving Beyond Legal Permanency

Child welfare professionals have traditionally focused on identifying and establishing legal permanency on federally established timelines for young people determined to be unable to return to the care of their parents. However, focusing mostly on legal permanency may result in … Read More

Preferred Practices to Retain Black Female Case Workers Employed in Child Welfare

The problem addressed by this study was that the turnover rate among social workers has been highest for Black female child-welfare caseworkers. The purpose of this qualitative phenomenological study was to understand the experiences of Black female child-welfare caseworkers and … Read More

Meeting Family Needs: A Multi-System Policy Framework for Child and Family Well-Being

INTRODUCTION Across the social service sector and in communities nationwide, a consensus is emerging: there is a need to create a family and child well-being system that buoys families facing adversity and helps them thrive. This system must be designed … Read More

The AFCARS Report

FY 2022 AFCARS Foster Care Data Release AFCARS Background (AFCARS 1993) The AFCARS final rule was published December 22, 1993; the federal regulations at 45 CFR 1355.40 implemented Section 479 of title IV-E of the Social Security Act. AFCARS was … Read More

Foster Care History,Profiles of Adolescence,and Educational Attainment

Introduction High school completion and post-secondary enrollment are taken for granted by most K-12 students andtheir parents in the United States (Lippman et al. 2008; Pew Research Center 2011), but research points tosignificant educational disadvantages among youth with foster care … Read More

How Can You Not Drive? YOU CAN! DRIVE!

Introduction Few youths with foster care experience acquire a driver’s license given the absence of dedicated caregivers able to provide the resources to learn to drive. Lacking a driver’s license leaves these youths dependent on public transportation or friends who … Read More