Foster Youth

Streamlining the New SNAP Time Limit Exemption for Young People With Experience in Foster Care

By providing benefits to purchase food, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is vital to supporting the nutrition, health, and well-being of young adults who are exiting foster care. Even so, too many of these eligible young adults miss out … Read More

Parenting Foster Kids with Challenging Behaviors

Often, foster kids have come into care specifically because they have experienced loss, abuse, or neglect. Those experiences and other kinds of trauma that may have occurred in their home, including being removed from their birth family, can and often … Read More

White House Announces Slate of Actions on Child Welfare

The Biden administration announced a mix of final and proposed rules on child welfare policy today that cover the placement of foster youth with relatives, legal representation for parents and children involved with the system, and the placement of LGBTQI+ … Read More

Aged Out How We’re Failing Youth Transitioning Out of Foster Care

Introduction Think of Us has been focused since its founding on improving the life outcomes of transition-age youth and youth who age out of foster care. In 2019, Think of Us formed a research team to investigate: Why do poor … Read More

Four Ways That Courts Can Actively Engage Children and Youth Involved in Child Welfare Proceedings

Four Ways That Courts Can Actively Engage Children and Youth Involved in Child Welfare Proceedings, authored by the NCJFJC in partnership with the Quality Improvement Center on Engaging Youth in Permanency, outlines how judges and other court professionals can engage … Read More

Four Ways to Better Support Young Adults Transitioning out of Foster Care

Congress established the John H. Chafee Foster Care Program for Successful Transition to Adulthood, known as Chafee, in 1999. That means the program, which provides support to assist young adults transitioning out of the foster care system, is now 23, … Read More

Social Media Tips for Foster Youth, Foster Parents and Child Welfare Workers

2022 – Child Welfare Information Gateway This factsheet briefly describes the advantages and challenges youth in foster care may encounter when using social media. Issues that should be considered and tips for handling issues are also offered. URL: https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/smtips-youth/PDF: https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubPDFs/smtips_youth.pdf … Read More

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Temporary Child-Welfare Placements Target Nonwhite Children Disproportionately

Rutgers Today – December 21, 2022 Nationwide, children who are removed from their homes by child protective services for fewer than 30 days are overwhelmingly Asian American, Black or Native American, raising questions about the impartiality of states’ child welfare … Read More

Together We Can Conference – We are Resilient: 20 Years Together for Children and Families

November 2-4, 2022 – Virtual Child Welfare Conference Conference Registration Booklet Register Now Together We Can is an annual multi-disciplinary conference that focuses on the children who have experienced abuse or neglect. The children may be in foster care, residential … Read More

Toolkit: How to Engage People with Lived Experience

Federal agencies have often made decisions about programs and services based on “expert” consultation. Notably missing from the list of experts have been the very families and individuals the federal program is trying to serve. More recently, agencies have become … Read More