Foster Child

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


Court Process and Legal Rights Guide For Foster Caregivers

The guide is hosted on the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services website and was created in 2021. This guide is to be used to learn more about Child in Need of Care (“CINC”) cases. It is for foster … Read More

Inspired by ‘Youth Stories,’ a Bill of Rights for Foster Kids is Now Louisiana Law

BY BLAKE PATERSON | STAFF WRITERPUBLISHED JUL 6, 2021 AT 3:30 PM | UPDATED JUL 6, 2021 AT 4:02 PM The Advocate Newspaper – Baton Rouge, LA Before entering foster care, Aliyah Zeien spent every morning helping her sisters get … Read More


Why Relative Placement Is Best for a Child in Need of Care

While a foster home can care for a child, there are often many relatives willing to step up, and there is no comparison to the benefits of a family’s love and connection. By Avery Alexson Guidry Child in Need of … Read More

Back Pocket

Examining the Link: Foster Care Runaway Episodes and Human Trafficking

Children and youth who run from foster care placements are a growing concern among policymakers andpractitioners.1,2 A large number of youth in foster care run away from their placement at least once, and manydo multiple times. Running from care is … Read More

Without Family, U.S. Children in Foster Care Easy Prey for Human Traffickers

Without family, U.S. children in foster care easy prey for human traffickers Thomson Reuters Foundation – May 03, 2018 Hundreds of thousands of U.S. children live in foster care, prey to predator sex traffickers who may find their young victims … Read More

Health Issues for Judges to Consider for Children in Foster Care

Published by the American Academy of Pediatrics, this resource for judges provides an overview of important health issues for children and youth in foster care.  It discusses special considerations for children with medically complex conditions, transitions and discharges from foster … Read More

When Their World is Already Upside Down: Supporting Grieving Children and Teens in Foster Care During the COVID-19 Global Health Crisis

This brief explains the increased forced isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbates the experiences of loss and disconnection among children and adolescents in foster care. It notes that in-person visits are what many children and teens in foster care … Read More

Reasonable Efforts as Prevention

by Jerry Milner and David Kelly  –  November 6, 2006 Far too often the wrong examples drive child welfare policy and practice in the United States. We see it time and time again in jurisdictions where there is a child fatality; … Read More