Child Welfare in the 21st Century

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“Real” Possibilities for Foster Youth

Posted by lboyd544 on February 6, 2013

These are scary times!  Fiscal cliff, sequestration, etc. etc.

However, there is excitement and possibility in the air. The Obama Administration, the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the Office of Inspector General (OIG), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and the Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF) have all published one or more reports within the past 10 months discussing the plight of foster youth in accessing appropriate treatment services, medication if needed, and evidence-informed care. ACYF is to be applauded especially for bringing concrete ideas to the goal of ‘well being’ for foster youth, heretofore and elusive concept.

I am delighted to share with you a recent publication from the Foster Family-based Treatment Association, which discusses treatment (or therapeutic) foster care and what is being done in the field to address the challenges of these youth and the reports referenced above.

Here’s the link:

Beyond Safety and Permanency: Promoting Social and Emotional Well-Being for Youth in Treatment Foster Care, Published by Foster Family-based Treatment Association

http://www.ffta.org/publicpolicy_advocacy/Beyond_Safety_and_Permanency.pdf

Happy reading!

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