Who Pays for Parents’ and Children’s Attorneys in Foster Care Related Court Proceedings?

An historical update: Title IV-E of the Social Security Act now can help states pay for attorney’s costs with matching funds. Certain children and their parents who are represented by attorneys involved in child welfare proceedings  are eligible. On January 7, 2019, the federal Children’s Bureau changed the Child Welfare Policy Manual Q/A 8.4B to […]

How Substance Use Affects Child Welfare Systems

After more than a decade of sustained declines in the national foster care caseload, the number of children entering foster care began to rise in 2012. Between 2012 and 2016, the number of children in foster care nationally rose by 10 percent, from 397,600 to 437,500. Although the experience of individual states varied, more than […]

Family First: Keeping Children Safe at Home

  The U.S. House Ways and Means Committee marked up the Family First Prevention Services Act, which allows states to use federal child welfare matching funds for certain quality prevention investments for children and their parents and encourages the placement of children in foster care in the least restrictive, most family-like settings. This bill is […]