Child Welfare in the 21st Century

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Demystifying “Well-Being”

Posted by lboyd544 on June 9, 2012

(Readers: Welcome back!  We have been off line several weeks moving server and updating company website and blog.)

Everyone in the child welfare field is very familiar with the 3-prong-focus for foster youth on safety, permanency, and well-being. Many states have made significant improvements for custody youth over the past 2-4 years in safety and permanency measures. With the support of the Federal Government, adoptions by kin and non-kin are at an all time high.

Kudos to the Obama Administration on Children and Family Services (ACYF) for their focus now on ‘well-being’. That formerly elusive goal is now described in a formal Information Memorandum (www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/laws_policies/…/im/2012/im1204.pdf) and further supported by waiver and grant opportunities for states to consider.

Advocates and providers must encourage their state child welfare entities to apply for these programs ASAP. The numbers of awards are limited. Indeed, public child welfare in all states ‘have their hands full’; however, each day in a foster child’s life potentially determines that child’s long-term future. We must be watchful to not let bureacratic schedules and agendas to supersede the obligation to well-being and to an investment in foster youth learning to create sustainable personal and professional relationships. This must our first focus!

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